Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- So, uh, nearly half of all Americans believe in creationism. (HuffPo)
- A prominent Pentecostal snake handler dies after being bitten by a rattlesnake, but believers still say its a valid way to show one’s devotion to God. (CNN)
- A book penned by a Catholic nun on sexual ethics and religion is praised by the Vatican for its frank discussion of sexuality. Just kidding. They condemned her. (The Guardian)
- Here are fourteen of the most popular sites for religious pilgrimages. (HuffPo)
- The earliest known astronomical recording of a variable star is the Egyptian “Demon Head” which warned the ancients of bad luck. (Live Science)
- Speaking of ancient Egypt, the British Museum is hosting a lecture series which focuses on Egyptian religious life in the first millennium of the common era. (British Museum)
- Members of the Esalen Institute, a California retreat for personal discovery founded in the 1960’s, say that the centre’s ‘for pay’ New Age spirituality doesn’t jibe with the institution’s ideals. (HuffPo via The Wild Hunt)
- Another person fed up with the New Age is David Webster, who contends that pick-a-mix spirituality actually makes people worse-for-wear. (Religion Dispatches)
- Erik Davis interviews Jeffery J. Kripal about the intersection of academia and subjective spiritual experiences. (Reality Sandwich)
- I’ve always had a soft spot for Winnipeg, the ‘Chicago of the North,’ but the mystical symbolism in Manitoba’s Legislature really sweeps me off my feet. (The Record)
- Sasha Chaitow interviews Caroline Tully about the academic study of Paganism and reconstruction trends within the Pagan community. (Necropolis Now)
- Why does a strong female Goddess like Athena often prop up the patriarchy? (Feminism and Religion)
- Some Ethiopian magic amulets may have been influenced by occult practices of the Near East. (History of the Ancient World)
- Finally, whether you call it a soul-patch or Van Dyke, scientists discover that wearing a goatee makes you look supremely evil, thus explaining why its the facial hair of choice for Satan. Researchers say their next study will examine the social perceptions of people who carry pitchforks. (i09 via @erik_davis)
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