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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, September 28

One Pagan lists her favorite "witchy" movies, a transwoman discusses her complicated relationship with Ranma 1/2, and the late Terry Pratchett's legacy is discussed. It's Airy Monday, our weekly take on magic and religion in popular culture. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

What are your favorite witch-themed movies? If you've given it some thought you might want to compare note with Katrina Rasbold, whose list includes such titles as Kiki's Delivery Service, Stardust, and The Witches of Eastwick.

Have an Instagram account? Interested in Gothic fashion? If so this list of Gothic-inspired accounts might be of interest to you.

If you're familiar with Japanese comics (aka manga) you may have heard of Ranma ½ the shapeshifting martial-arts comedy about an adolescent boy who transforms into a girl whenever he's splashed with cold water. While the comic in many ways has raised the profile of genderbending characters, trans writer and Ranma fan Charlotte Finn points out that it's not really a story about a transgirl and that in some ways, it actually can be slightly unsettling to read as an open transwoman.

Looking for original fantasy literature that doesn't rely on standard tropes. How about a book about East Asian magic? Over at Paste, Frannie Jackson interviews Zen Cho about her new novel, Sorcerer to the Crown, which blends the British and Chinese worlds of magic together.

Fans around the world were distressed earlier this year to learn that Terry Pratchett, the award-winning fantasy author, had passed away. As his Discworld series comes to a close and fans face a world without their beloved author, Charlie Jane Anders of io9 discusses the author's legacy and why, despite what some have claimed, it will live on long past his death.

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Aryós Héngwis (or the more modest Héngwis for short) is a native of the Pontic-Caspian steppe, born some 5000 years ago, near the village of Dereivka. In his youth he stood out from the other snakes for his love of learning and culture, eventually coming into the service of the local reǵs before moving westward toward Europe. Most recently, Aryós Héngwis left his home to pursue a new life in America, where he has come under the employ of BBI Media as an internet watchdog (or watchsnake, if you will), ever poised to strike the unwary troll.


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