Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- Statutes of Hera and Zeus have been removed from the Parthenon, but not by Lord Elgin. Rather, they are going to be housed in the Acropolis museum for safekeeping. Zeus may be powerful, but he can’t fight tourists and acid rain. (AFP/Google)
- There are six words inscribed under the statue of Artemis at Ephesus. Here’s a guess as to what they mean. (Postmodern Magic)
- This 17th century witch-trial is notable for being one of the first to admit the testimony of children. (BBC)
- Is the proliferation of witchcraft on television a good thing for real-life witches, or does it distort actual religious positions? (The Wild Hunt)
- QED: Does the media create new religious icons? Do or do not click on this link; there is no try. (Religion Nerd)
- Nick Farrell takes a look at the Golden Dawn’s inner-order rituals. (Nick Farrell)
- Interested in female-centric spirituality? This woman describes herself as a “Caananite” and says that the goddess is more than Jesus in a dress. (National Catholic Reporter)
- What’s it like to work without computers, bar codes, or full-time hours? Charity R. Carney shares her experience working for an explicitly Christian business. (Religion in American History)
- Is there a difference between factory farming and sacrificing animals in the name of faith? Hint: One is an amazingly brutal practice, the other squicks people out. (Religious Dispatches)
- People poke fun at the wholesome kitsch of Little Mosque on the Prairie (Not me! It’s my favourite show!), but some are seeing the sitcom as a way to smooth religious tensions in the U.S. (BBC)
- The 2012 presidential election is right around the corner. If none of the mainstream candidates work for you, maybe you’d be interested in seeing beloved occultist Aleister Crowley debate the issues? (AC2012)
- A temple in Arizona was raided for prostitution. They claim they are practicing sex in a sacred context, the cops say otherwise. Jason Pitzl-Waters’ take here. CNN’s report here. (The Wild Hunt/CNN)
- Finally, a cell phone ad which depicted Jesus offering “miraculous deals” has been pulled for being too “disrespectful.” What Would Jesus Do? Apparently not unlimited talk-and-text. (Huffington Post)
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