Rituals

 

Siberian shaman arrested on trek to exorcise Vladimir Putin

Alexander Gabyshev walked 1,700 miles across Russia before being held by police.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/19/siberian-shaman-arrested-on-trek-to-exorcise-vladimir-putin

C-sections are all the rage in Brazil. So too, now, are fancy parties to watch them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/c-sections-are-all-the-rage-in-brazil-so-too-now-are-fancy-parties-to-watch-them/2019/06/11/8d2533ac-7bfc-11e9-b1f3-b233fe5811ef_story.html

 

Worship, Dark and Steamy, for Murderers and Rapists

The federal prison system allows Indian sweat lodges in all of its facilities that are not high-rise buildings, said Michael Truman, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons.

www.nytimes.com/2005/…/worship-dark-and-steamy-for-murderers-and-rapists.html

 

What to do with your purity ring?  Turn it into an art project!

What should Christian feminists do with their old “purity” rings, symbols of a patriarchal theology that has harmed countless women?  Melt them down, says progressive Christian author and theologian Nadia Bolz-Weber, and create something completely new.   In certain evangelical Christian circles, the rings were given to young girls as symbols of a pledge they made to abstain from sex until marriage. But the rings ― and more broadly, the Christian purity culture of the 1990s and 2000s ― also shamed young girls into disconnecting from their bodies, Bolz-Weber argues.

With the help of artist Nancy Anderson, Bolz-Weber said she plans to melt down the rings that people send her and recast them as a “golden vagina.”

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nadia-bolz-weber-purity-ring-vagina-sculpture_us_5bfdac5ee4b0a46950dce000

 

The Night Life of Bees

Adult-only spelling bees, born of nostalgia and spiked with alcohol, have become increasingly popular social activities for brainy hipsters in their 20’s and 30’s at bars and community centers from Brooklyn to Spokane, Wash. Gone are the days when the sole opportunity to demonstrate one’s spelling aptitude was in school. A new kind of bee has emerged, one where participants tackle baffling words between flirty smiles and sips of Yuengling.

www.nytimes.com/2005/09/29/fashion/thursdaystyles/the-night-life-of-bees.html