On this Fiery Tuesday, the PaganNewsBeagle humbly presents stories of activism and religion here at the close of the very fraught year of 2014. Pagans ponder#BlackLivesMatter; an indigenous view of #BlackLivesMatter; restorative justice vs. police violence; should there be humanist chaplains in the military; are Pagans a net loss to the environmental cause?
How have our Pagan and allied communities reacted to the #BlackLivesMatter campaign? This Wild Hunt article covers the avalanche of responses from bloggers, organizations, and institutions.
For today's Airy Monday post, at the close of 2014 we look back -- but not just to the year gone past but to the days of our ancestors. Modern Cornish witchcraft traced back to Elizabethan times; a matriarchal temple; bringing Bronze age Cyprus to life; down the way from Stonehenge, Silbury Hill unveils its secrets; a historic and fascinating map of Inuit Arctic "highways."
This archaeology dig was supposed to be for Neolithic remains. The researchers were pretty surprised to find solid evidence of Cornish witchcraft stretching from the 1600's up to the 1970s.
Today, it's the Element of Earth in the spotlight with our Earthy Thursday roundup. Where to find fall colors; the world's largest cave; an off-the-grid commune; the Mother of All Seed Banks; fisherman saves eagle; the battle over Mauna Kea.
This great map will help you figure out when and where to see the best fall colors.
It's Airy Monday with news of academic import for our various communities. This week: an important Hellenistic tomb discovery; another Stonehenge mystery solved; mysterious Arctic disappearences;. the archeology of religion; and how serotonin can actually poison you.
From northern Greece: the discovery of an important Hellenistic tomb from the time of Alexander the Great is exciting archeologists.
Meanwhile at Stonehenge: an extra-dry summer has (accidentally) solved one of the sites most-persistent mysteries.
Anthropologists have uncovered (through genetic evidence) an astonishing mystery: the first indigenous tribes that inhabited the Arctic apparently disappeared without a trace.
Pagan blogger Ethan Doyle White interviews a major religious studies academic researcher who specializes in the study of indigenous cultures and the archeology of religion.
Pleasure or pain? Evolutionary biologists are discovering the surprising ways in which serotonin (usually associated with maintaining our emotional balance) is also a potent pain-inducer used by a variety of venomous critters.
Earthy Thursday is here — and what a bumper crop of planetary news! Mysterious moving rocks in Death Valley (their secret discovered!); more (much more!) on the Icelandic volcanic eruption; living green roofs that replace air conditioning *and* generate solar energy; indigenous land management in Brazil fights climate change; and a slide show of amazing holy temples nestled in nature. Enjoy your Thursday!
The "moving rocks" of the playa known as "the Racetrack" in Death Valley have been a mystery for decades. Now we know exactly what makes them move. (I'll admit, I didn't see this answer coming.)
It's Earthy Thursday, full of stories that emphasize our connection with Mama Gaia. We've got a giant volcano stirring, tiny altars, drawing strength from Nature, cleaning up after gatherings, fossilized forest fires, and indigenous farmers meeting to plan for climate change. Have a great Thursday!
What's an Earthy Thursday without a report of a huge volcano in Iceland threatening to erupt? Well, if you haven't heard of (Anglicized spelling) Bardarbunga yet, check out the story here. (Includes two great slideshows of previous Icelandic eruptions.)