Posts Tagged ‘China’

Pentagram Pizza Cut into 12 Slices

• Everything old is new again — young Chinese discover the Western zodiac and think that it is cooler than “Year of the Monkey,” etc. • “Witchcrap” from The Daily Beast website — “These Modern Witches Want to Cast a Spell on You.” Modern witchcraft combines feminism, self-help, and wellness. But is there more to […]

Western Polytheists Have a Long Way to Go

For example, at our funerals, where are the dragon dancers? The all-female marching bands? The strippers? “I want it to be boistrous. My father liked this kind of atmosphere.” These Taiwanese make a New Orleans funeral look positively Lutheran. And it’s much the same in mainland China, where the spicy-funeral custom is drawing the attention […]

Magic in Philadelphia, Worshiping Game Characters, and a Holy Mountain in Scotland

• If you live in or near Philadelphia, visit the U. of Pennsylvania museum for “Magic in the Anciet World,” an exhibit that “explores some of the magical objects, words, and rituals used in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome.” • When a Chinese grandmother left an offering at a statue of a video-game character, […]

‘Ghost Brides’ Keep the Family Together

If family and ancestors really, really matter, you can dig up a corpse and manufacture an ancestor. Ritual ghost marriages, which may date back to the 17th century BC, are increasingly rare in contemporary China – Mao Zedong tried to eliminate them when he assumed power in 1949 – but they are still practised in […]