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PaganNewsBeagle FaithfulFriday Sept 19

On Faithful Friday the Beagle seeks out interesting tales of religion of all kinds. Today, we have: a story of Siberian shamans; the mysterious theft of the Sehkmet statue -- solved; a new website for British traditional Witchcraft; a Buddhist shrine arises in the inner city; and how people of different faiths (or none) differ and are similar regarding morality.

This story from the Siberian Times offers a glimpse into the world of traditional Siberian shamans. (Trigger warning: story includes visceral photos.)

Last year, the statue of Sekhmet from Las Vegas area Temple of Goddess Spirituality disappeared. Now we know the rest of the story.

Tis the season for new religious websites: after the recent launch of, there's a new site for Gardnerian Wicca:

Not long ago, a man spontaneously installed a statue of Buddha on the median strip at a busy (and crime-ridden) Oakland intersection. Read about how the statue became a shrine, and has a mysteriously calming affect on the whole community. (Recommend leaving out the comments, which do not at large, follow the spirit of the story.)

A recent study in Germany found that morality, righteousness, and self-righteousness were universal traits regardless of what faith (or lack thereof) is professed. Subtle differences between the focus of morality were noticeable, however. Read the whole story at the HuffPo.

Last, but not least, there's this lovely photo essay and meditation on Mabon. Happy Equinox!




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