Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- Who need faith? Turns out, a lot of people. This interview with the author of Religion in Human Evolution looks at religion’s cultural role throughout history. (The Atlantic)
- A while back we looked at some newly-minted exorcists. If someone you love is interested in this field, consider gifting them with this antique vampire slaying kit. Packaged in a handy travel case, it comes with holy water, crucifixes and pocket-sized bible. Super-fun happy slide optional. (Boing Boing)
- No shocker here: The anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is heavily financed and highly organized. Their contribution? Over $42 million to groups promoting Islamophobia. Original report here. (Center for American Progress, Religion Dispatches via T.E. Apollonius)
- Also big money? High Holy Day sermons. Some rabbi’s are consulting professional writers to inject their message with fail-proof humour during this so-called sweeps week of the Jewish year. (Jewish Daily Forward)
- With all this money talk, maybe its appropriate to ask whether those that have it use religion to keep those that don’t in their place. (Epiphenom)
- Jason Pitzl-Waters questions what the first legal case of a hate crime against a Santeria practitioner means, and whether it will humanize attitudes towards other religious minorities. (The Wild Hunt)
- The OTO’s U.S. Grand Lodge has released its strategic plan. Academics will be excited to hear that the group calls for more engagement with those looking to study the Great Beast’s magical legacy. (OTO Grand Lodge)
- Here’s a quick primer on the psychological model of understanding magic. (Tyromanteia)
- An interesting piece on why occult books fascinate. (Seattle Times)
- The Association for the Study of Esotericism will be hosting its conference in California next year. If nice weather and sandy beaches are your thing, consider submitting a paper. (ASE)
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