Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- Egil Asprem discusses the Norway bomber, Freemasonry, and the link between western esotericism and politics. (Heterodoxology)
- The United Nations hopes that Japan’s nature spirits and Shinto religion can inspire people to take better care of the planet (HuffPo).
- Despite the cultural embrace of Pagan themes, Neopagans still find it difficult to be taken seriously. Lee Gilmore explores what it means to be an “authentic religion.” (Trans/Missions)
- Louis Ruprecht digs up some ancient sources to show the parallels between Christianity and Paganism. He sees Peter and Paul as a Christianized representation of Rome’s founders, Romulus and Remus. (Religion Nerd)
- Cleopatra’s devotion to Isis is helping archaeologists locate her tomb. They think the Egyptian queen may be buried at one of the Goddess’ holy sites. (National Geographic)
- Did you take the Kalachakra, but don’t know what to do with it? Here’s a quick guide to your new Buddhist superpowers. (Egregores)
- We all know how much politicians are despised, but are they the manifestation of supreme evil? This list of public figures who have been labeled as the anti-Christ suggests yes. (Huffpo)
- Perhaps those hell-bound politicos could use the Encyclopaedia of Hell (authored by Satan!) to navigate their way through the underworld? (Boing Boing)
- You know who’s not going to hell? These folks who saw Jesus on a Wal-Mart receipt. However, going to Wal-Mart should serve as punishment enough. (WYFF)
- Finally, I grew up in Chicago, where juggling was part of the school curriculum. (For real! Don’t judge!) Therefore, it relieves me to no great end to report that Cook County has reversed the ban on juggling and fortune telling in forest preserves. Finally, circus arts the way nature intended! (UPI)
Alexanre Cabanel’s Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners via Wikimedia Commons.