Jeju Island of South Korea has received multiple recognitions for its natural wonders. But its living traditions, including shamanism and free-diving women, are less well-known but no less wondrous.
From fragmentation to wholeness. As we rush toward ever increasing levels of modernity in our societies, and ever increasing dependence upon science in our methods of interpreting the world and our experience of it, we might yet do well to consider indigenous ways.
A colourful story, this island — or rather, island group plus mainland ‘triangle’ — even now functions largely as a nation-state, independent-minded and freedom-loving, despite the recent heavy-handed involvement by Beijing.
A new series of articles, entitled ‘100 Countries’, will soon commence. In it, I’ll share cultural highlights and interesting anecdotes from my ongoing research — on these upcoming 55 countries, as well as many of the 50+ others previously researched.
Those seeking healing, of any sort, are naturally drawn to promises of magical cure. And while Wicca and similar neo-pagan traditions do provide many methods toward healing and wellness, some guardrails are appropriate for discussion.
We humans, since our origins and in our very biology, are drawn to symbols, images, and stories. Even in these modern times, this remains true, merely taking new forms.
In recent years, there’s been a tremendous surge of interest in and adherence to ‘neo-paganism’ – for some, a religion with pre-Christian roots; for others, a nonreligious system of magic; for still more, an expression of their ecological, feminist, mythological, cultural, and/or esoteric interests.