Paganism

Cerne Abbas giant awakes to companion

Doh! Whether it was a prank or a scheme to market the new Simpsons movie, a giant painted Homer Simpson next to England's famous Cerne Abbas giant has irked the country's Pagan community.

Celtic temple discovered near Tara

In an interview with Conor Newman, an archaeology professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Melissa Block of NPR's All Things Considered learns about the recent discovery of a celtic temple near Ireland's Tara.

New Medieval Views of Stonehenge

This new view of Stonehenge is a tiny Medieval drawing in the "scala mundi" or "world ladder" on a chart which chronicles Creation. While not the oldest image of Stonehenge, it one of only a few known to exist.

Over 20,000 hope for shot at Winter Solstice in Ireland

27,000 people applied recently for a chance to celebrate the Winter Solstice in the Stone Age tomb in Newgrange, Ireland. Only 100 won the honor. Andrew Bushe has the story.

Seahenge not ready for display until 2008

Seahenge, a 4000-year-old wooden circle which appeared on a beach near Holme, England in 1998, will not be available to be viewed by the public until 2008, according to curators at the Lynn Museum where the artifact is being restored.

Santa's sleigh or Thor's chariot?

"The idea of St Nicholas got very much mixed in with Thor's transport when it comes to the sled with flying reindeer," said Helge Soerheim of the Archaeological Museum in Stavanger. On December 21, 2006, IC Wales explored the idea of how Vikings might have celebrated the Christmas season.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 5, 709

St. Boniface and his missionary companions were killed by pagan Germans on June 5, 709.

New Road Plans for Stonehenge

The controversy continues. English Heritage is still working on options to remove traffic from the area around Stonehenge, this time with five different options.

A Very PC Holiday!

Diane Roberts of NPR's Weekend Edition offered a very politically correct holiday greeting on Sunday, December 18, 2005 with a look at the winter holiday season, ancient Roman style.

Green Haven Soaps

Indulge in handcrafted artisan soaps for thy bath, from peasant to royalty and everyone in between. Here you will find soaps made using a combination of ancient wisdom and modern standards of purity. Let the village wise woman at Green Haven bring you earthen creations for body and soul.

Early Pagan Well to be Restored

A stone well, in the Welsh city of Llanllyfni, near Caernarfon, has been scheduled for restoration as part of footpath project.

Origin of White British Cattle Still a Mystery

A rare and mysterious breed of white British cattle has been traced to the Bronze Age where there were an important part of pre-Roman pagan rituals, but how the cattle came to Britain is still a mystery.

Heathen Calendar

Jörmundur Ingi provides this page of translations, which attempts to correlate the ancient Pagan and Norse holidays and feasts to the Christian holidays and feasts which were adapted from them. The site is a work in progress, with translations ongoing.

Thanks to Atenveldt's Jenny Tavernier for the link. —Ed.

Which Solstice for Stonehenge?

While Stonehenge is a popular attraction for those wishing to celebrate the Summer Solstice, the monument may actually have been constructed to celebrate the Winter holiday.

Hamsters Built Stonehenge?

Want the REAL story behind famous British historical events? The Hamster Theatre Company offers "a series of tableaux depicting great (and disastrous) moments in British history."

Brigid's Forge

Brigid's Forge is a silversmith merchant featuring Celtic, Norse, and Pagan themed jewelry and accessories. Located in the state of Mississippi, this is a family business founded in 1991.

Pagan Artifact Destroyed in English Church

A mystery surrounds the destruction of a pagan carving which has resided in an English church for 800 years.

Medieval Holiday Celebrations

Aoife's Links this week are all about holiday celebrations from the Middle Ages.

New Theory on Construction of Stonehenge

Derbyshire carpenter Patrick Weir has a new theory on the construction of Stonehenge and how the massive stones were transported to Salisbury Plain.

Scottish Witches Pardoned

A township in Scotland celebrated Halloween by officially pardoning 81 people — and their cats — executed for witchcraft in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Pravda: Crimean Burial Mound Contains Occult Items

Russian archaeologists have discovered a burial mound containing the remains of a lavishly dressed woman as well as items suggesting "the woman's professional involvement in the world of witchcraft and magic."

History of Halloween

Aoife's Links this week focus on a very appropriate seasonal topic: the history of the Halloween holiday, which dates back to the ancient Celtic and Roman civilizations.

4th Century Baptismal Font Reflects Struggle Between Christianity and Paganism

Gary Lee and Jim Wilkinson used a metal detector to discover a 4th century Roman baptismal font near Grimsby, England.

Archdruid Demands Return of Stonehenge

The Archdruid of Wales has called for Stonehenge to be returned to his country.

Builders of Stonehenge Found

Archaeologists working at Boscombe Down in England have found a 4300-year-old grave, which they believe contains the remains of people whose culture built the famous Stonehenge megaliths.