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Grisly British witch pits were used in rituals until 1970s, archaeologists discover | The Australian
"One pit, lined with the skin of a swan turned inside out, came from the 1640s as expected. Another, made of cat fur, was from the mid-18th century. A third pit contained the skeleton of a dog laid on top of its own pelt no earlier than the 1950s.

"Gradually, Dr Wood began to piece together more fragments of what she now believes to be “an unbroken method of ritual from the civil war to the present day”."
cult  magic  death  crime 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
BBC News - Tanzania's albino community: 'Killed like animals'
Albino people, who lack pigment in their skin and appear pale, are killed because potions made from their body parts are believed to bring good luck and wealth.
magic  cult  crime 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Byron Ballard keeps Appalachian folk magic practices alive | Mountain Xpress
"Known as Asheville’s village witch, Byron Ballard practices what she calls “hillfolk hoodoo,” a form of Appalachian folk magic. Ballard came by hoodoo naturally, growing up in a poor community in the mountains of Western North Carolina where hoodoo was practiced. She laments that the practice is disappearing: “Local hillfolk are no longer practicing hoodoo, but it’s within living memory. There’s a kind of sadness that the culture of the hillfolk is fading.”"
cult  magic 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Scarlet Imprint: Babalon - Embodiment of Mystery
"Her lovers include gods, men, women, beasts; thus in her love-making she: shatters the boundaries that differentiate the species, those between divine and human, divine and animal, human and animal.[4]How revealing it is when Gilgamesh rejects her that he lists her past conquests and the fates they suffered,[5]and with harsh disapproval rebukes her:

"And what will happen to me when your heart turns elsewhere and your lust burns out? […]Which of your husbands did you love forever? Which could satisfy your endless desires?

"Her desire for power seems never to be sated by the slaking of her desire nor attainment of power: there is always a conquest beyond."
magic  myth  history 
september 2014 by warrenellis
Tzadikim Nistarim - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"As a mystical concept, the number 36 is even more intriguing. It is said that at all times there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end."
magic  occult  weird 
june 2014 by warrenellis
Johannes Trithemius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This book is in three volumes, and appears to be about magic—specifically, about using spirits to communicate over long distances. Since the publication of the decryption key to the first two volumes in 1606, they have been known to be actually concerned with cryptography and steganography. Until recently, the third volume was widely still believed to be solely about magic, but the "magical" formulae have now been shown to be covertexts for yet more cryptography content.[5] H
code  magic  spook  history 
august 2013 by warrenellis
Man Myth & Magic: Volume 1, Issue 1 - a set on Flickr
via John Coulthart: someone is posting the entire run of Man, Myth & Magic--1970 occult encyclopaedia in 112 weekly parts--on Flickr
magazine  magic  history  research 
december 2011 by warrenellis
The WELL: John Robb on War, Peace, and Resilient Communities
"My students were former child soldiers. Let me say that after the
schools had been out of business for more than 10 years, say starting
around 1990, the wars were more like Lord of the Flies with pickup
trucks, automatic rifles, light and heavy machineguns, and mortars...

"...Illiterate 20-somethings leading uneducated armed bands of teens and children across the countryside, enticed by rice and magic. And some drugs, it's true, but chiefly rice and magic. These were hungry children empowered by an AK-47 and some sadistic charismatic leaders.

"...Funny how quickly a new generation will believe in the power of magic in as few as 10 or 12 years after the schools close."
war  pol  cult  magic  edu 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Dreams Are Real 029: Project 40
"When I started Project 40 yesterday I knew exactly what I wanted to do. In New Orleans they call it "Growing up tipsy." It means you're tapped in."
magic 
march 2011 by warrenellis

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