Recent events in Iran have culminated in the arrests of dozens of Sufi ascetics (referred to as dervish) who are protesting the unlawful imprisonment of thousands of Iranian citizens who took part in anti-government demonstrations. Despite the secrecy surrounding their order, dervishes practice living in extreme poverty while taking part
By Coby Michael Ward via Patheos.com A reliquary traditionally contains sacred material usually organic matter from a deceased person important to followers of the religion to which it belongs. Generally a reliquary will contain bones, blood on fabric, and other fragmental remains of various priests and mystics. Holy relics can
For generations, an ominous warning had been used to instil fear and obedience in African-American communities: “The Night Doctors will get you.” It was a means of social control that combined elements of folklore and historical experience; a scare tactic used at various times by slave masters, white vigilantes and
2017 came to a close with Dawn Ray’d’s The Unlawful Assembly ending up on a truckload of year-end lists. The album certainly deserved all of the accolades it received (although I personally could have done without the awkward folk passages that bookended each side). It was a blistering atmospheric black
Hell seems to be a collective assault on the American imagination — the culmination of our entire post-Columbus cultural history and political infrastructure. Ask anyone familiar with it to describe the scene and you’ll likely get the same description across the board — a furnace of torture, suffering, demons and unfathomable pain. Hell is
What you are about to hear is a very special interview with Drew Carolan, the creator of the unreal book that came out this year called MATINEE All Ages on the Bowery (pick up a copy HERE). To say that this book captured 80’s hardcore history would be an understatement!