Author: Sam D. Burr

Myth & Moor update

My apologies once again for the recent paucity of posts. Having recovered (mostly) from this winter’s long illness, I’m catching up on a mountain of missed work now…and I’ve also been traveling…and then recovering from traveling…and then catching up on that missed work again…and in the blink of an eye the entire spring has passed. […]

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Iceland’s First Asatru Temple in 1000 years will soon be ready

In Iceland the first Asatru (Icelandic: Ásatrú) temple for nearly 1000 years, will soon be completed and open its doors for its members, and for the people who are interested. This Asatru temple is currently being constructed on a hill in the beautiful and peaceful woodlands of Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavik. This area seems to have been an […]

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Dione and the Oracle at Dodona

The oracle at Dodona was the oldest in Greece, with only Delphi rivaling it in prestige. There was a main temple, probably dedicated to Zeus and Dione, with several smaller temples around the site. (At least one, near the theatre, had dedications to Aphrodite, Dione’s daughter by Zeus, according to local myth.) While Dodona is […]

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Krishna As a Girl

Art by Devdutt Pattanaik Published on 1st September, 2018, in Speaking Tree Back in the year 2011, I went to an exhibition of Sudarshan Sahoo, master stone carver from Odisha, at Jehangir Art Gallery, and saw an image of Krishna, standing with flute in hand. What caught my eye was the nose-ring worn by Krishna […]

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Tunes for a Monday Morning

I’ve fallen in love with the music of Moria Smiley, an American singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist whose influences range from classical choral compositions to bluegrass, gospel, and the folk traditions of eastern Europe and the British Isles. She’s been doing excellent work for some years, but I’ve fallen hard for her extraordinary new album, Unzip […]

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Wabanaki Women: “Ritual, Tradition and Feminine Intuition”

At our 2016 conference in Boston, we were honored to have three speakers from the Wabanaki Confederacy present this healing, thought-provoking panel. “Ritual, Tradition and Feminine Intuition among the Wabanaki of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes” was a discussion by Patricia Saulis (Maliseet), Miigam’ agan  (Mi’ Kmaq), and Sherri Mitchell  (Penobscot). We are pleased to […]

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A Buddhist Goddess

Tara’s entry into the Buddhist pantheon was a very slow process. It began in many ways, with the rise in Mahayana Buddhism, about 500 years after the Buddha passed away. In this new school, people asked about the compassion of the Buddha, beyond his wisdom, and these conversations on compassion lead to the creation of […]

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