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?
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.
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.
January 25, 1987 |
The stereotype of late-night TV fare presents the success of Christianity in the Roman Empire as a matter of overwhelming support by the common people for a persecuted and pure faith. The real picture is more complicated--involving centuries of give-and-take and, at least initially, a good deal of popular hostility. During the course of this century, scholars have developed two main approaches to the question of Christianity's eventual success.
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.
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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.
February 8, 1993 |
This is a novel about growing up Catholic, growing up homosexual and growing up. It examines--not for the first time, but with originality and measured affection--the strange polarity between Catholic elementary school (as some of us remember it) and the genuine spiritual consolation that the church can sometimes offer. The subject of sex-as-sin is delicately examined here. Is having sex a sin, or does having sex carry so many consequences that absolution is inherent in the act?
December 8, 1996 |
At the edge of a scraggy, narrow footpath off the ancient Silk Road, Baram Shah rests and stares into an isolated glen below. The rich green fields and clean, rushing river belie a tragedy in Bumburet Valley. There is a kind of genocide going on, Shah says: A centuries-old culture, a way of life and a unique pagan religion are on the brink of extinction. "The Muslims are coming every week to convert us," Shah, 62, says as he hefts a 40-pound pack of corn onto his back. "It's a big problem."