Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- The US supreme Court tells Abercrombie & Fitch they have to accommodate employees who wear religious headgear. (New Yorker)
- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote an essay about Shloshim, the Jewish period of mourning. Here’s a quick primer. (RNS)
- Diets promise optimum health, mental well-being, and immortality—just like religion. (Science of Us via Gala Darling)
- Forget Las Vegas, travelers are seeking more spiritual destinations for their vacations. (Boston Globe via @Aarleks)
- A history of chastity belts. Giggity. (Sarah Bond)
- Mediating in a noisy place may be difficult, but not totally impossible. (Lion’s Roar)
- What’s the difference between prophecy and insanity? (The Atlantic)
- The BBC asks: Why is God a dude? (BBC via PaleoJudaica)
- Was the Mark of Cain really so bad? (Bible Odyssey via @CallMeScrolls)
- You can thank the occult for your television. (BLDGBLOG via @pymander)
- One woman tests the merit of several psychics by asking about a non-existent relative. Guess how it goes! (Vice)
- Thailand gets a place for Wiccans to hang and discuss the Rede over cappuccino. (Letter from Hardscrabble Creek)
- Finally, troubled couples are foregoing marriage counseling and seeking out the help of astrologers instead. Astrolgoical consults are touted as highly efficient, letting couples immediately know that their partner isn’t the problem, rather it’s their moon in Leo mucking it up for everyone. Aquarians are still near-perfect and really, really good-looking. (Daily Mail)
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