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Freyja: Goddess of Fertility and Abundance August 31, 2010

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Venerated by both women and men, Freyja was the Scandinavian goddess of fertility and abundance. She was one of the Norse deities of earth and water and sister of Freyr the god of farming, weather and also a phallic fertility god. People were reaching out to goddess Freyja for assistance in child birth, help with fertility problems, and help with marital problems or to provide them with abundance upon the land and sea. In some cultures, Freyja is god’s Frey wife and just like him she is associated with material abundance and wealth.

Pastor Arrested After Anti-“Demon” Protest August 27, 2010

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Just about a week ago, in Warner Robins city, a pastor named Donald Crosby was arrested for protesting against the town’s High School’s “Demon” nickname and mascot. Crosby, who is a pastor of Kingdom Builders Church of Jesus Christ in Macon, declared that his protest was against the school’s demon logo which he considers to encourage kids to do evil and praise demons and that he’d do it again any time.

Traditional Thai Tattoos August 24, 2010

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For over 3,000 years, in Thailand, it has been a tradition for soldiers to wear protective tattoos called “Sak Yant”. The ancient art of tattooing with bamboo began in the Buddhist temples: soldiers would come to be tattooed by monks and those tattoos would give them strength, invincibility and protection according to numerous legends. The entire tattooing process was accompanied by chanting of prayers that also give great strength to the wearer of the protective tattoos.

Superstitions: What are they? August 22, 2010

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Let’s start with defining what superstitions are and where they come from. According to Wikipedia, “superstition is a credulous belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge. The word is often used pejoratively to refer to folk beliefs deemed irrational. This leads to some superstitions being called “old wives’ tales”. It is also commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy and spiritual beings, particularly the irrational belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events.” The etymology of the word comes from the Latin superstitio, meaning “standing over in amazement”. By the 1st century AD, the word’s meaning was changed to “religious awe, sanctity; a religious rite”.

How did you spend your Friday the 13th? August 19, 2010

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For some people Friday the 13th is just a regular day of the week, nothing special about it, but for many it’s the scariest day of all. Why? No idea! Did you know that the fear of Friday the 13th is called Paraskevidekatriaphobia. Here are some funny/interesting facts about what people tend to do on […]

How To Set Up a Lammas Altar August 15, 2010

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Lammas or Lughnasadh is, for many Pagans and Wicca followers, the time to celebrate the begging of the harvest. This is the Sabbat about the cycle of birth, life death and rebirth.

Cerne Abbas Giant: A Figure of Fertility August 12, 2010

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The 180 ft Cerne Abbas Giant located in Dorset has been said to cure fertility issues and bless women with children since Victorian times and now it has been reported that the women living in surrounding areas have the highest birth rates in the country! That’s right, according to the latest figures; these ladies have an average of three kids each which is almost double the national average!

Stonehenge Twin Discovered August 10, 2010

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This time the news comes from Stonehenge where archeologists and researchers have discovered a 4,000 year old wooden structure! The structure was located 900 meters northwest from the giant Stonehenge circle.

Gods and Goddesses of the Fields August 6, 2010

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Lammastide is a time of abundance and fertility: we thresh the first grains, gardens are overflowing and trees are full with fruit. As you can probably imagine, in ancient times, this was the time to celebrate the agricultural significance of the season and honor deities of harvest.

Witch Killings in India August 3, 2010

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Here’s some disturbing news. According to a recent study conducted by the Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra charity, 200 women accused of witchcraft are being killed yearly in poverty stricken villages in India. According to Avdhash Kaushal, chairman of the Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra, most victims were single women and widows. The punishment rituals went like this: women were forced to drink urine or even eat excrement in public and then paraded naked for the entire village to see them. This is unbelievably cruel and what’s even more disturbing is that a large number of women commit suicide after being publicly humiliated.