Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- That Zen-inducing quote you heard on the internet probably wasn’t from the Buddha. Here’s a break down of things Gautama never said—though people would like to believe he did. (Shambhala Sun)
- Are you a Mormon woman? Do you want to have more and better sex? Then pick thyself up a romance novel. (Religious News Service)
- One thing not sexing up Muslims up is this art exhibit which projects the Koran onto a naked body. (Middle East Online)
- Despite the contribution of women’s voices to the debate, the heroes of atheism remain largely male. Also, this is probably the only time you’ll see the term “sausage party” in a major newspaper article without it referring to a BBQ. (The Guardian)
- From the “Wow…Just Wow” files: A town in Alabama is letting convicted offenders choose jail or church. For real. Yep, there are a whole lot of questions here about religious freedom, church and state, and pretty much everything else. (Time)
- In other legal news, noted Pagan chaplain Patrick McCollum will not continue his challenge to California’s “Five Faiths” policy, which disallows pagans from prison chaplaincy programs. (The Wild Hunt)
- Completing the legal trifecta is this California Buddhist temple that’s suing for religious discrimination. They claim the application to expand their monastery was blocked on religious grounds. (LA Times)
- Did you know Mitch Horowitz, the author of Occult America, conducts a walking tour of New York City’s occult hot spots? Not surprisingly, it looks extremely awesome! (Boing Boing)
- There’s a new occult publisher in town. Please welcome Kerubim Press to the fray! (Nick Farrell)
- Jason Miller follows up on his post about the efficacy of magic as a term. Some interesting responses, including one about the social theory of reclaiming negative terminology. (Strategic Sorcery)
- Finally, some churches try to get hip to the times by incorporating rock music and slang into their service, but this Kentucky minister has them beat—literally. When she’s not taking shots at Satan, she “crushes the competition” as a member of her local roller derby team. (WHAS)
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