Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- Some people don’t believe in god. What’s up with that? (Salon)
- Buddhist meditation becomes secular digital therapy in the hands of techies. (New Yorker)
- The journal Aramaic Studies does a special issue on magic bowls. (Brill via @ancientjew)
- And those magic bowls make good death metal album covers. (PaleoJudaica)
- Go inside the most haunted house in New York. (Gawker)
- Thieves in England stole over £1.5 million worth of goods by disguising their identities under burqas. (Guardian)
- And grifters dressed as Buddhist monks are becoming a problem. (Lion’s Roar)
- From innocuous deck of cards to tool for mystical enlightenment: the history of the tarot. (Atlas Obscura via @ProjectRS)
- Homeopathy may not be so bad after all. (Live Science)
- But scholars say being a real vampire is difficult. (Vice)
- Finally, Zoroastrians sue Snoop Dogg (Snoop Dogg!) over a music video. The video, by Iranian singer Amitis, juxtaposes the rasta-rapper and scantily-clad pole dancers with sacred religious symbols. Officials claim that the video
makes their religion seem very awesomeis offensive and are seeking damages. (RNS)
Photo by Anne Landois-Favret.