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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, December 2

An art contest opens to celebrate Midwinter. We're reminded of all we have to be thankful for. And we take a look at Paganism in South Africa. It's Watery Wednesday, our weekly segment on news about the Pagan community from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Do you have a talent for drawing or painting? You might be interested then in this art contest run by The Norse Mythology Blog, which is looking for submissions to celebrate Midwinter / Yule!

What did you thank the universe for this Thanksgiving? Given all of the problems in the world it's often easy, says Patheos' mabeaumont, to forget what we have. You can read her post on Thanksgiving and how she remembers what to be grateful for here.

Looking to visit a stone circle? Instead of Stonehenge or Avebury what about Callanish? You can read about the Scottish monument here at The Hazel Tree.

Although the best known pilgrimages are Christian, Muslim, or Hindu, many other faiths practice pilgrimage as well. Japanese news outlet NHK News details a pilgrimage through the smallest of Japan's four main islands, Shikoku, where over 88 temples are located along a 1,400 kilometer route.

Most articles about Paganism center on Pagan communities in Europe or North America. But what about other parts of the world? The Wild Hunt takes a look at Paganism in South Africa, where a community's been steadily growing since 1994.

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