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PaganNewsBeagle Airy Monday Sept 8
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.
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PaganNewsBeagle Airy Monday 18

In today's dispatch we include "airy" topics both literal and metaphorical: two stories of NASA space science, and three accounts of Pagan topics in academic circles.

This story is a personal favorite: a team of amateurs and retired scientists have "recaptured" a NASA satellite in the first-ever case of "citizen" astrophysics.

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PaganNewsBeagle Airy Monday July 28

Welcome to Airy Monday at the PaganNewsBeagle: Aleister Crowley, summer skywatching, Scottish petroglyphs, ancient cultures and a little-known museum beloved by Pagans in the American South. Enjoy your week!

The web is abuzz with images from the Scottish Highlands (blame "Outlander.") If you decide to go, check out these mysterious petroglyphs while you're there.

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The ancient Hellenes were very keen people, interested in all things nature, science and philosophy. They searched for answers to questions about their life, as well as the Theoi, and they theorized structurally about any discoveries they made, be it in health care, science or paleontology. Especially in the latter department, there are a few discoveries that might have shaped a large part of ancient Hellenic mythology and religion in general. Today, we'll be discussing some of those.


Nichoria (Νιχώρια) is a site in Messenia, a regional unit in the southwestern part of the Peloponnese, Greece, on a ridgetop near modern Rizomylos, at the northwestern corner of the Messenian Gulf. It was the home of an Acropolis where many--what we now call--fossils were stored. The Nichoria bone was discovered by the ancient Hellenes roughly around 1000 BC. It is the blackened and petrified thigh bone of an extinct mega mammal--likely a woolly rhinoceros, or a mammoth--that roamed southern Hellas around one million years ago. The rusty-black color of the fossil bone indicates that it was most likely collected from the lignite deposits near the ancient town of Megalopolis, some 55 kilometers (35 miles) away from Nichoria. The Megalopolis basin was known in antiquity as the 'battleground of the Giants', where the Titanomachy was believed to have taken place. The dense concentration of large fossil bones found at the basin inspired the belief that entire armies of giants were blasted by Zeus' thunderbolts, and the Nichoria bone--the distal end of a right femur, 15 cm (5-6 inches) wide, about twice the size of a regular human thigh bone--was most likely believed to have belonged to one of these giants. If the myth or the bone came first is unknown.

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