Webwegwijzer Lughnasadh 2013

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Interessante websites die we verzamelden voor de lezer. Websites that might interest our reader.

Lammas or Lughnasadh?

Lammas or Loaf Mass Day, Thanksgiving for Grain Harvest
“The feast of St. Peter in Chains, formerly on August 1st, has now been removed from the General Roman Calendar. This feast day was also called ‘Lammas Day’ or ‘Loaf Mass Day’ because this day was offered as thanksgiving for the wheat harvest, used for the bread that becomes the Eucharist. Florence Berger discusses close link of the liturgical year and agrarian life. She also discusses the Christianization of some pagan customs, using the example of Scotch Highland Quarter Cakes.”

Tailtiu: Harvest Goddess
“Tailtiu is an Irish Goddess of Sovereignty, an ancient Goddess whose annual funeral games, according to the myth, were instituted by her foster son Lugh. These games were held for more than a thousand years at a hill in Co. Meath that even today bears her name, Tailtiu or, in English, Telltown The name of the festival is Lughnasadh, one of the great fire festivals of ancient and modern Celtic peoples. …”

Some interesting blogs

Philip Carr-Gomm’s Weblog (since October 2007)
“The main focus of the blog is spirituality in its widest sense, and I believe one of the most important tasks for us today is to infuse our spiritual questing with humour and joy. Without humour we lose our humility, without joy a spiritual path becomes dry with the dead hand of piousness. For me, a spirituality needs the glorious world of Nature and the joy of laughter in plentiful supply. If these qualities appeal to you, I hope some of this blog will be interesting and entertaining for you!”

Under the Ancient Oaks. Musings of a Pagan, Druid and Unitarian Universalist (since June 2008)
John Beckett wrote a series on the centers of the Pagan movement and his commitments to them. The original post had three centers: Nature, the Gods and the Self. After some discussion, the third blog is about Community in stead. Other articles include: Creating meaningful rituals; Dark green religion; The price of magic; A commitment to nature.

Raise the Horns (since September 2011)
Jason Mankey writes about music (‘The Tarot and Led Zeppelin’); defining Paganism; the occult in America; and thought provoking articles like ‘Shouldn’t Rituals Be Entertaining?’

Sermons from the Mound (since November 2012)
Christine Hoff Kraemer and Yvonne Aburrow are both religious scholars, and present articles and reviews on (Pagan) religious studies. Subjects so far have been ‘seeking the mystery’; aspects of initiation; gender and sexuality; Pagan intrafaith, et cetera.

Greening the Spirit (since March 2013)
Writings on Pagan spirituality by Vivianne Crowley. One article each month. Thus far subjects were: Welcoming Spring; Honoring Venus; the alchemical marriage; the chariot and the sun; and Isis.

The Bardic Blog, on: Damh the Bard. Nature, Myth, Magic & Music
If only for this article: Ritual offerings – Sacred or debris?

Exhibitions / exposities

A journey through the English ritual year
“Ever since encountering Deptford Jack welcoming in the summer in London, photographer Sara Hannant has gone on a journey around England to capture rituals which mark the changing seasons.”
Sara Hannant

Europe’s Wild Men
Photographer Charles Fréger made a series in eighteen countries, from Austria to Finland. “The Wilder Mann project”. National Geographic shows the photos of the wild men. I was touched by these portraits. See for yourself!
There’s another serie of masked and dressed up people from Africa and its diaspora, that is equally impressive. These photographs are from Phyllis Galembo.

Drie tentoonstellingen over de vrouwelijke kanten van God
Je kunt er nog net heen (tot 25 augustus), de unieke drievoudige tentoonstelling van het FemArtMuseum:
– ‘Divine Surprise!’ Het vrouwelijke in God’ in het Bijbels Museum
– Allard Pierson Museum: ‘Women for all seasons, het beeld van de vrouw in de Oudheid’
– Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem: ‘Female Power, matriarchaat, spiritualiteit, utopie’.

Tentoonstelling over de Seizoenen
“Sinds 1 januari 2013 hebben het Nederlands Centrum voor Volkscultuur en Immaterieel Erfgoed (VIE) en het Nederlands Openluchtmuseum een samenwerkingsverband. Reden voor ons om naar aanleiding van het jaarthema van het Openluchtmuseum – de Seizoenen – een digitale tentoonstelling over de invloed van de seizoenen op het dagelijks leven te maken. Hier kunt u de tentoonstelling downloaden.”

Over Jana

Wicca is mijn religie, achteraf gezien is dat altijd al zo geweest. Ik heb het geluk gehad mensen te leren kennen waarmee het goed klikte. In 1984 hebben zij me ingewijd in een Gardnerian coven. Anders was ik alleen verder gegaan. Mijn ideeën over de rol van man en vrouw komen in wicca terug. Zo ook mijn ideeën over het belang van natuur en milieu: ik vier de jaarfeesten en eet de groenten van het seizoen. En de Wiccan Rede ('Doe wat je wilt, mits het niemand schaadt') was al mijn lijfspreuk voor ik wicca leerde kennen.
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