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040 St. Brigid’s Day

040 St. Brigid’s Day

January 27, 2020 2 min read

1 February is St. Brigid’s Day, which has been celebrated for hundreds of years in Ireland. Who was St. Brigid, how is her day celebrated today and what are her links to a much older Celtic Goddess?
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039 Mulan – Fact vs Fiction

039 Mulan – Fact vs Fiction

January 20, 2020 2 min read

Many of us have seen the Disney movie Mulan, soon to be released as a live action movie. It was based on a legendary female warrior from Chinese history, Hua Mulan, and there is even a crater on Venus named after her. What do we know about this figure and how accurate is the Disney depiction compared with the original tale? 
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038 Aztec Sun Stone

038 Aztec Sun Stone

January 13, 2020 3 min read 3 Comments

Cortez and his men virtually destroyed the Aztec civilisation and their artefacts. The Spanish melted down other artefacts of gold, so the existence of the Aztec sun stone is a rare look into this civilisation’s beliefs. So, what is the sun stone, how was it discovered and what does it mean?
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037 The Old Religion of Wicca

037 The Old Religion of Wicca

January 06, 2020 2 min read

Witchcraft is as old as religion itself. Even the Bible refers to a necromancer sought by Saul to summon Samuel the Witch of Endor. There has been the Greek Oracle, the Vates of the Celts and other seers. Then there are the ancient medicine men and women, who performed healing (sometimes way beyond their time). But what about Wicca, the most popular pagan movement of modern times. What are the origins of Wicca and can it claim ancient roots?
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036 Mysteries of the Knights Templar

036 Mysteries of the Knights Templar

December 30, 2019 2 min read 1 Comment

The mysterious Knights Templar may have been disbanded over 700 years ago, but they have 
sparked the imagination and left a legacy that still influences popular culture today. They served the 
poor, assisted pilgrims and despite their humble beginnings, became vastly rich and established 
banking. Some mysteries, though, remain unsolved.
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#035 Ojibwe, Ancient Tribe of North America

#035 Ojibwe, Ancient Tribe of North America

December 23, 2019 3 min read

Who are the Ojibwe, where is their territory and what is the story of totems? How did they react to European settlers and land treaties?
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#034 Huginn and Muninn, Odin’s eyes and ears

#034 Huginn and Muninn, Odin’s eyes and ears

December 16, 2019 2 min read

Why does Odin have a pair of ravens? What do their names Huginn and Muninn mean? How were ravens venerated by the Norse and other cultures?
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#033 Cronus

#033 Cronus

December 09, 2019 2 min read 1 Comment

Who were Cronus and the Greek Titans? What happened to them? Was he venerated as a beneficent ruler and how did he later become connected with Father Time?

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#031 Saturnalia

#031 Saturnalia

December 02, 2019 3 min read

Many believe Saturnalia was a major influence on customs associated with later celebrations in western Europe, especially Christmas. Let’s look at the origins of this pagan holiday and similarities with today’s festivities.
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#032 Yule

#032 Yule

December 02, 2019 2 min read

Like many other pagan festivities, Yule was Christianised and transformed into Christmastide. Despite this, Yule is still commonly used in carols and in connection with Christmas, such as the Yule log. How was this ancient festival celebrated, what was its meaning and how does it infuence Christmas celebrations today?
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#030 The Quileute Tribe

#030 The Quileute Tribe

November 19, 2019 2 min read

In the Twilight saga. Jacob Black lives on a Reservation in La Push, Washington. He states his family, the Quileute’s have descended from wolves. The Quileute Tribe, though, is an actual Native American tribe. So what is the truth behind the fiction of the Quileute Tribe?
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#029 The Celts - Ancient to Modern

#029 The Celts - Ancient to Modern

November 12, 2019 2 min read 2 Comments

The earliest writings about the Celts dates from around 2500 years ago. These sources are non Celtic, though, mainly Greek and Roman. Archaeological evidence, however, indicates that the Celtic culture started to evolve circa 1200 B.C. Julius Caesar later referred to them Celts as “Galli,” which had come to mean barbarians (although it originally referred to the Phrygian priestly class of Eunuchs devoted to Cybele). However, where the Celts actually barbarians? And does anything remains of Celtic culture today?
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