With reserved seating at capacity for The Fillmore in Silver Springs, MD the anticipation for Wardruna to finally grace the east coast with their signature neo-traditional Nordic folklore hymns was heightened evermore upon entrance into the venue. The temperature inside was noticeably cold, with ambience already leaking from the house
Deep in the forests of northern Germany lays the highest peak of the Harz Mountains, Brocken. It is here that in pre-Christian times the locals would eat magic mushrooms, give sacrifices, and dance around bonfires on the eve of May, all for the purpose of bringing in a fertile spring.
Text via The Culture Trip The Mari people are an indigenous group, recognized as the last surviving Pagans of Europe. Having suffered years of oppression through Soviet secularism and facing an ongoing threat from the current government, the Mari people are unique and strong. Their religious rituals are characterized by
I was raised going to church and Sunday School, and while my parents luckily didn’t reinforce it at home, I was exposed to the intolerance of sexual acts that is rife in most organized religion. While my Sunday School teachers didn’t get into the nitty gritty of “sex is bad,” or teach me
Like many southern European countries, Spain has a long and complicated history involving religious presence in social and political affairs – particularly, a very uniquely home-grown brand of passionate and fiercely devout Catholicism. This, coupled with the general underdevelopment and isolation that reigned over the country well into the 1980’s, led to