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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, August 5

Welcome back to Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment where we take at news affecting the Pagan community and other religious communities around the world. This week we explore a variety of subjects, from upcoming Pagan festivals to an old 1970s hippie commune to a modern-day witch hunt. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Continuing from his declaration last week that he would "boycott" Lughnasadh, Jason Mankey describes his further thoughts on the subject and his reflection over the reactions he's received. You can read the whole piece her on his blog at Patheos.

Have you ever heard of the HÄXÄN Film Festival? What about Samuel Wagar? If not, you can check out The Wild Hunt's gathering of upcoming Pagan-related news, where they detail Wagar's accomplishments as well as HÄXÄN will have on offer.

Ever wondered what it was like to live in a hippie commune during the 1970s? What about a nudist colony? What about both? If so you might take an interest in The Huffington Post's gallery of and accompanying piece on Taylor Camp, a hippie nudist commune that went under in 1977.

Here in the Western world, witch hunts are largely (and thankfully) a thing of the past. But could another one be on the horizon? The Guardian considers a story from Florida where a local sheriff had linked three recent murders to "witchcraft," drawing criticism from Wiccan activists.

Among "big name Pagans" few are as well-known as Morning Glory and Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, who lived together and helped lead the Church of All Worlds for years before Morning Glory's tragic death last year. A memorial organization was set up in the wake of Morning Glory's death but its plans to buy "property and financially [sustain] physical infrastructure and community services of the Church of All Worlds (CAW) and its affiliate schools and organizations" may be under threat as Oberon faces an eviction notice.

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