Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- Philistines may have used psychedelics in their religious rituals, enjoyed wicked awesome drum circles. (Times of Israel via PaleoJudaica)
- As Palmyra is invaded by ISIS, a look at threatened World Heritage Sites. (Economist)
- Buddhists have a strong concept of “no-self” but how does this affect transgender adherents? (Lion’s Roar)
- A cup from the Archaic period depicts an early view of constellations. (Live Science)
- Who wouldn’t want to take this class which visits ancient Greek religious sites? (Antiquitopia)
- Three words: Quidditch-themed cocktails. (@kdc)
- Twelve celebrities who freak out over Mercury Retrograde. (Bustle)
- Electromagnets can influence levels of religiosity. (Epiphenom)
- ICYMI: The European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE) has a new website. (ESSWE via Heterodoxology)
- Oldie but goodie: Esotericism scholar Jeff Kripal at TEDx talking about consciousness and the magical. (TEDx via @glennjmcc)
- Finally, teenagers are over planking and turning to something more on fleek to pass the time: summoning demons. Reports suggest that said demons can be summoned with commonly found objects, like pencils and paper, and that the spirit who appears will totally freak you out, tell you what on fleek means. (Jezebel)
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