Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, a prominent scholar of Western Esotericism, passed away last week. Sasha Chaitow was one of his students and shares her memories. (Phoenix Rising)
- An anthology that looks at the influence of Aleister Crowley on Western Esotericism is out. (Oxford University Press)
- Remember those ancient metal codices? Yeah, Jim Davila says they’re mostly likely fake. (Paleojudaica)
- Buddhist ideas have percolated throughout western culture. Peter Berger thinks mindfulness is the reason. (Religion and Other Curiosities)
- As Latin use among Catholics declines, Pope Benedict institutes a Latin school to, uh, school Catholics in Latin. (Guardian)
- Looking for something to read while eating your peanut butter sandwiches? Elvis’ Bible is for sale, baby. (BBC)
- Tell me if you’ve heard this one: Jesus was a Japanese rice farmer who lived in Northern Japan. He also turned water into saki and fed the multitudes some wicked sushi. (HuffPo)
- Is the Burning Man festival a breeding ground for radical paganism? (Religion Dispatches)
- Damnit, magicians, get up off your lazy asses and go jogging—it just might benefit your magickal practice. (Postmodern Magic)
- Thelemites in London, England may want to take in a day of talks by Lon Milo DuQuette hosted by AMeTh lodge. (LAShTAL)
- Here are seven ways you can support the Pagan community. (Llewellyn)
- Finally, the Bible is often taken as the word of God, but what happens when it’s read as a piece of pure literature? Let’s just say, these reviews have a thing or two to say about the author’s ability to write convincing plot and likeable characters. (Buzzfeed)
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