November 26, 2011 |
In the still of a cold November evening, a small gathering of pagans, led by two witches, begins preparations for the coming winter solstice. But these are not just any pagans, and this is not just any setting. They are future officers of the United States Air Force practicing their faith in the basement of the Air Force Academy's cadet chapel. Their ranks are slim. According to the academy's enrollment records, only three of 4,300 cadets identified themselves as pagans, followers of an ancient religion that generally does not worship a single god and considers all things in nature interconnected.
May 28, 1988 |
A Senate Republican leadership aide in Washington and a conservative political group are circulating a harsh "open letter" that says Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis is not really a Christian, calling him an "apostate" and a "pagan" who uses his membership in the Greek Orthodox Church "as just a convenient (political) prop."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1990 |
From descriptions of the nighttime ritual and objects in thehouse, it appears that Federico Padres Mexia was not part of an identifiable religious movement, according to people familiar with various spiritual traditions. Rather, he appeared to combine religious practices from Christianity and folk, or neo-pagan, beliefs that might appeal to struggling people seeking to change their luck.
October 18, 1992
I need a word of reassurance. Please tell me that Janet Phelan's Social Climes column entitled "Pagan Rituals" (Oct. 4) was a tongue-in-cheek look at a support group for people who were deprived of participating in Halloween as children and feel the need to act out some type of cosmic fantasy as adults. Honestly, these people cannot be serious, can they? I mean, glass wands filled with dirt for healing and the "Goddess Guild." Oh, and hey, check out the crowd this place draws--witches, psychics--and, of course, what would a pagan coffeehouse be without your token college philosophy professor?
May 26, 2013 |
When San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan hit a walk-off inside-the-park home run against the Colorado Rockies in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday afternoon for a 6-5 victory, it was a rare feat. Pagan's two-run shot to deep right-center field at AT&T Park is the first time a game has been won with an inside-the-park homer since June 11, 2004, according to STATS. Tampa Bay's Rey Sanchez performed the feat in the 10th inning of an 8-7 victory over -- you know it -- the Rockies.
September 30, 2011 |
Aleksei Fedorchenko's beautiful "Silent Souls" finds ancient pagan rituals thriving in the modern world; the film is a rich, sensual contemplation of the relationship between life and death. Set in western-central Russia, a region of vast open spaces settled by the Merjas, an ancient Finno-Ugric people, 400 years ago, the film tells the story of Aist (Igor Sergeyev) and Miron, two friends who embark on a journey to bury Miron's wife Tanya (Yuliya Aug) according to Merja traditions.
March 5, 2003 |
It takes exceptionally fluid performances to maneuver through the intricate, emotional steps of "Dancing at Lughnasa," Brian Friel's achingly eloquent memory play about an impoverished rural Irish family facing a pivotal end-of-summer harvest season in 1936. Ventura's Rubicon Theatre Company proves up to the challenge, with a stellar cast that evokes a bygone era in a foreign land with convincing naturalism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1995 |
Maryland archeologists digging at the ancient city of Caesarea in Israel have uncovered the foundations of King Herod's celebrated temple, dating from the 1st Century B.C. The temple is the pagan counterpart to Herod's widely acclaimed temple to the Jewish God in Jerusalem. The size of the stone-block foundation, which measures about 100 feet by 180 feet, indicates that the temple was one of the largest in Israel and surrounding countries.
September 12, 2009 |
A group of pagans and witches is holding a festival in a rural, deeply religious village, and not everyone is welcoming them. Members of the Reading Pagans and Witches group are holding their Celebrating Earth Spirituality Festival today in a picturesque section of Adamstown known as Stoudtburg Village, about an hour northwest of Philadelphia. Some shop owners say they plan to close for the day because they don't agree with the Reading group's beliefs. A church is organizing a wall of prayer around the festival in protest.