Friday, 6 October 2017

The Pagan Sites of Europe Remembered (28): Bull Rock, Ireland


With Halloween approaching, let us consider a site connected with the Irish god of the dead, Donn.

Out in the sea off the South West coast of Ireland, beyond the Island of Dursey, is a large and impressive rock that is a major hazard to shipping. Accordingly it has its own lighthouse that is commonly reached by a helicopter. There is also a large tunnel that has been carved by the sea through its base. It is not surprising that such a remarkable geological feature became associated with a pagan deity of some importance.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

The Pagan Sites of Europe Remembered (27): Harzburg Castle

There is strong but confusing evidence that Harzburg Castle in Germany was once an important pagan site.

Given the extent of the cultural genocide committed against European Paganism by the Abrahamic religion, and in light of the fact that Pagans sacralized almost any important geographical feature, this means that there is a practical certainty that Harzburg was in fact an important Pagan site, even if this is now conveyed to us through garbled and imprecise sources.

Harzburg Castle is the most prominent site in Bad Harzburg, a spa town that lies at the Northern edge of the Harz Mountains in Saxony. These mountains are not particularly high, with the highest point being 3,743 feet.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

FREGER'S "WILDER MANN"

Cerbul (Stag), Corlata, Romania
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Photographer Charles Fréger has a keen interest in pagan rituals and customs. In the winters of 2010 and 2011, he travelled to several countries to photograph pagan rituals connected to the onset of Winter, which he published in his book Wilder Mann.

"I found myself in front of something very radical, with no face," Fréger told Slate of his experience. "It was more of a character with a mask and a focus where the body is more important than the face itself."

It's like they are representing everything which is from outside of reality," Fréger explained to Interview.

Friday, 10 July 2015

DEATH MARKED THE BEGINNING OF LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT

A page from the Book of the Dead of Hunefer from around 1300 B.C.

A good portion of Japan’s summer is dedicated to honoring the dead. Memorial services in early August remember lives lost to the atomic bombings of 1945, while the Bon holidays pay respect to familial ancestors.

The Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo is also set to commemorate the dead, but not the spirits of this country. July 7 sees the opening of “Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead,” an exhibition from the British Museum in London that hopes to distinguish itself from previous Egypt-themed shows by focusing less on the riches of the civilization and more on its customs, beliefs and rituals.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

BRITAIN'S PAGAN FOLKLORE: THE BRITANNIA COCO-NUTTERS


Britain has a wealth of folklore and tradition, much of which is rooted in a pre-Christian, pagan past that continues to live in much cherish local festivals. The above image by Henry Bourne is from his book Arcadia Britannica: A Modern British Folklore Portrait. It shows one of the Britannia Coco-nutters. Every Easter Saturday, the Coco-nutters black up and dance through the streets of the town of Bacup, England, stopping at pubs along the way.

Friday, 2 January 2015

The Pagan Sites of Europe Remembered (26): The Temple of Lacinian Hera in Southern Italy


The holiest pagan site in Magna Graecia, the part of Southern Italy settled by the Greeks, was the temple of Lacinian Hera. This was six miles from the then important city of Crotona on the Lacinian promontory.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Pagan Poetry: "If Indeed He Died?" by C.P.Cavafy


Constantine P. Cavafy was a Greek poet, born in Alexandria in 1863, who developed a fascination for the classical ― and therefore the pagan ― world. This is a translation by the poet himself of his Greek poem into English.