In today's Faithful Friday installment of the PaganNewsBeagle, we bring you some of the more interesting stories of faith and religion we found this week. We’ve got: Hindu-Americans celebrate Diwali; Brazilians (even non-Catholics) love the Virgin Mary but Afro-Caribbean believers there feel under attack; and an amazing Japanese Shinto festival.
Since this is my first post, I thought it a good idea to introduce myself. I'm Caroline, but have written books under the names Carolina da Silva, Morwyn, and Carol.
My Brazilian mother, though happy to pass along family traditions, never evinced much interest in Brazilian magickal traditions. When reading novels and essays while studying for my doctorate in Luso-Brazilian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, I ran across my first references to these traditions, both in literature, music, and in the general culture. This tantalizing information was mostly glossed over by my professors, so it wasn't until I went to Brazil on a Fulbright Dissertation Research Grant to research 19th century Brazilian literature for my thesis that I came to appreciate how magickal traditions and spirituality in general permeates the entire society, no matter the individual's background.