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PaganNewsBeagle Faithful Friday August 8

Today's Faithful Friday from the Pagan News Beagle includes the pre-Christian religion at risk in Iraq; powerful traditions of women's equality in Cherokee culture; female occultists highlighted in Los Angeles; the Freakonomics of religion and what makes us self-righteous.

The magical religion of the Yizidis -- a minority group in Iraq that the US is bombing the radical Islamist army to save -- includes many elements modern Pagans would recognize, and for which they have been persecuted for millennia.

This wonderful essay from Indian Country details the powerful place of women in traditional (pre-Columbian contact) Cherokee society.

An exhibition on the life and work of fascinating female occultists will open soon in Los Angeles.

The editors of pop-economics site Freakanomics ask (and try to answer) the provocative question: does religion make us happier?

This post at Vox investigates a nasty spat on a Jet Blue flight and asks: what makes us so self-righteous these days?

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