Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- Pope Francis says Rome is falling. This is not a repeat from 476. (Reuters)
- Is Jazz symptomatic of the “spiritual but not religious” trend? (Religion Dispatches)
- Or maybe we can blame physics for a decline in religious introspection. (Atlantic)
- Move over virus protection software, real techies guard their computers with witchcraft. (Business Insider via @FullContactTMcG)
- Of course, how we think can affect our belief in supernatural phenomena. (Epiphenom)
- Did Alexander the Great encounter Jewish leaders on his travels? (Daily Mail via @AncientJew)
- A thief returns some ancient stones to a museum after claiming that they were cursed. (Live Science)
- A brief history of grave robbing. Occult level: Moderate. (Guardian)
- This documentary takes a look at Mexican sorcery. Occult level: High. (Vice)
- This week in Satanic Temple News: the New York Times profiles the group, who is fighting for religious freedom. (NYT via @RSProject)
- But it turns out that those who listened to heavy metal as youths did not grow up to be Satan-worshipping malcontents. Well, most anyway. (Augoeides)
- Do you like mummies? Are you in Australia? Then this exhibit is for you. (Necropolis Now)
- And those in Germany can check these mummies out. (Egyptiana Emporium)
- Finally, celebrated British author Charles Dickens dabbled in necromancy and performed magic under the name Rhia Rhama Rhoos. Spectators say they had great expectations for his David Copperfield-esque illusions, but ultimately found his act full of bah-humbug. (Mental Floss)
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