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Updated: June 22, 2009
- - - England. (The Times (UK))- June 22, 2009 - Druids began their incantations, Wiccan priestesses drew their cowls tight against the damp morning air and four half-naked Papuan dancers waved their hands in the air and went: “Woo, woo, woo”.
- - - Rome, Italy. (adnkronos.com) - June 16, 2009 - An 2000-year-old marble monument featuring the pagan god Mithras has been found outside Rome by Italian police who believe it was to have been illegally sold abroad. The large marble bas-relief which dates from the 2nd century AD was recovered by authorities in a house north of the capital, according to a report in the Italian daily, Il Messaggero.
Agents from the Italian tax police or Guardia di Finanza said the piece was recovered from an old house in the Roman countryside.
- - - Cairo, Egypt (Jill Kamil- Al-Ahram) - June 12, 2009 - Wadi Digla is a dried-out river bed lying to the east of the Cairo suburb of Maadi. It was declared a nature reserve some years ago, and is frequented by nature lovers and those who want to take exercise far from the madding crowd. For my group of friends it is also an opportunity to walk together to discuss matters of mutual interest.
In fact, everyone I spoke to seemed to have a different definition of the word "pagan", and at some gatherings, as the argument became more and more heated, I realised that while opinions differed, most of my compatriots remained convinced that their meaning of the word was the correct one. There was obviously no consensus, and, I observed, not even a "correct" definition of the word "pagan". So I decided to look it up on the Internet. There I was in for a number of surprises. "Paganism" is actually derived from the Latin paganus, meaning "country dweller, or rustic", and was a term originally used to describe the religions and spiritual practices of pre-Christian Europe; by extension, it was a term for polytheistic traditions or folk religion (like that of ancient Egypt) seen from a Western or Christian viewpoint.
- - - Gus diZerega (Beliefnet.com) - June 8, 2009 - Newt Gingrich, the thrice divorced defender of family values and Catholicism, warned "I am not a citizen of the world. I am a citizen of the United States because only in the United States does citizenship start with our creator." Which would be news to our Founders as well as to the Constitution, that gives rather different requirements.
Mike Huckabee, who had earlier explained the relationship between our constitution and his theology: "I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view. . ."
That Pride and Power are Huckabee's real deities was made clear when he criticized President Barack Obama for saying in Cairo, Egypt, last Thursday that one nation shouldn't be exalted over another.
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- - - St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) - June 5, 2009 - Oberon Zell of Grey School and Don Lewis of Witch School have agreed to a trivia contest about all things magical to test their students and all comers. They plan to meet on June 13th and 14th at the St. Louis Pagan Picnic, held at Tower Grove Park. The St. Louis Pagan Picnic is the largest Pagan gathering in the Midwest, and brings together thousands for a weekend of friendship, fellowship, entertainment, teaching and merchants. The Wizards and Witches Trivia contest will be just one of the many parts to this wonderful event, but for the students of Grey School and Witch School, it is a highly anticipated one.
This meet is very special, as Oberon Zell, one of the Great Elders of the Pagan Community, will be returning to his hometown, where his amazing journey began. It was in this area that Oberon first coined the word "Pagan" as a religious self-identifier that is now used by millions of people, founded the Church of All Worlds, and presented the Gaia Thesis, which is a view of life on earth being part of a greater whole known as "Gaia". This amazing person, known as one of the Greatest Living Wizards today, makes his way back to this wonderful city of St. Louis, where he is challenging the next generation of Wizards and Witches to develop their skills.
- - - Caracas, Venezuela. (St. Louis Today) - May 31, 2009 - Milvia Santos went with her children to the Southern Municipal Cemetery in the Venezuelan capital on Mother's Day to pay her respects to her late mother.
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