For Wiccans, celebration of summer solstice is a spiritual practice.
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For Wiccans, midsummer, with the maximum hours of sunlight, is the time for celebrating new life.
Children celebrating Easter, with their Easter Bunnies and Easter eggs.
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A folklorist explains the prehistoric origins of the mythical Easter Bunny and why this longstanding cultural symbol keeps returning each spring.
WitchTok is the subculture of pagans who use TikTok to share spells, learn about mythology and connect with co-religionists.
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Whether someone is scrolling mindlessly or actively conducting research, WitchTok connects witches to their practices and community.
The pagan tradition of celebrating the winter solstice with bonfires on Dec. 21 inspired the early Christian celebrations of Christmas.
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Christmas was popularized in the United States during the American Civil War, when Harper’s Weekly featured the image of Santa Claus visiting the Union Army on its front page.
A masquerade during the celebration of an Igbo ritual.
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Over the past 15 years there’s been a revival of young people - mostly Christians - participating in traditional masquerades, despite these being branded as pagan.
A wolf in the Białowieża Forest, Poland.
Historians and scientists discovered how colonisation in eastern Europe changed ecosystems – and the societies embedded in them.
Knocking on wood may be a holdover from the pagan days of Europe, when tree spirits were believed to bring luck.
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The curious history of a ritual meant to ward off bad luck.
Why do we eat chocolate bunnies at Easter? It’s a long story.
Easter is actually a mish-mash of different traditions celebrating the coming of spring.
A painting showing Saint Francis Borgia, a 16th century saint,, performing an exorcism.
Forty-five years ago, ‘The Exorcist’ terrified viewers with its portrayal of a practice that goes back several centuries and continues today in Christianity.
A Greek amphora showing athletes, 4th century B.C.
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The idea that the athletic contests – held in honour of the Greek god Zeus for over a thousand years – were shut down by a puritanical Christian emperor makes for a good story. But is it true?
Queen for a day.
Edinburgh will this year host the 30th Beltane.
A masked man gestures before the ISIL flag in a video released by Islamic State militants.
Militants are tapping into centuries-old literary tastes, appropriating them for their own nefarious ends.
The proposition that Easter is a 100% Christian affair is manifestly unsustainable.
The proposition that Easter is a 100% Christian affair is manifestly unsustainable. It shows an ignorance of history. Worse, it shows a failure to understand the way religious traditions work.
Modern vestiges of an ancient past.
Halloween these days calls pumpkins to mind, cackling witches, teenagers pulling pranks and scream masks. You probably know that all this derives from All Hallows’ Eve, the night before the Christian feast…