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Posted on Thursday, May 31 - 2007

Mari

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Primitive Basque man was converted to Christianity very late, which produced the creation of a vast collection of myths and legends which still exist today thanks to the great Basque oral tradition.Even most primitive Man felt the need to give meaning to the phenomena and natural cycles which conditioned his existence. He interpreted them, named them, found an explanation for them, and with these answers built up his own myths, legends, and religions.These formed the framework for his relation with nature and with anything else in his environment which was incomprehensible or supposedly magic. Primitive Basque man was converted to Christianity very late. He was also all but cut off from other cultures by aninhospitable and very inaccessible geography.

Thus he came to invent a vast collection of myths and legends which still exist today thanks to the great Basque oral tradition. For him the mountains and valleys developed an almost human significance, and in the bowels of the earth ran rivers of milk, out of the reach of mortals. Two powers ruled nature and their designs conditioned human life: the god of the firmament, "Ost" or "Ortzi" - equivalent to the Roman god Jupiter, the Greek Zeus or the Germanic Thor, and "Ilargia", the moon, a feminine force which emerged from the world of hidden things. "Ost" and "Eguzki", the light of the sun, belonged to the day, to the earth, since it was from the earth that the sun rose and to the earth that it returned every day. "Ilargia" though, belonged to the world of thedeceased, of souls, to the hidden side of existence and nature. The Basques are very closely in touch with the moon and its cycles, and this figure appears in numerous myths, rites and legends. The female divinity of the ancient Basques was "Mari", the lady or gentlewoman who lived in the caves which reach deep down to the centre of the earth. Although she could take on different forms, she showed herself as a breathtakingly beautiful woman, and moved from one mountain to the next crossing the sky like a fireball. Any area which holds itself in esteem will have a model of the dwelling of Mari placed on its highest peak, for example the mountains of Gorbea, Anboto, Aketegi or the Aralar range.

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Posted on Monday, April 16 - 2012

Paganism, witchcraft and druidism are being included in some school lessons in southern England.Cornwall has a long history of druidic and pagan beliefs, so much so that the advistory group for religious studies in schools has opted to include lessons on modern paganism as part of its syllabus. Pupils will learn about the significance of prehistoric sites such as Stonehenge and the difficulties apracticising pagan may face in the present day.

Not everyone agrees with the change however, Christian Institute spokesman Mike Judge wasn"t impressed. "Introducing paganism is just faddish and has more to do with the political correctness of teachers than the educational needs of children," he said. Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should betaught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism.  

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Posted on Sunday, October 03 - 2010

Druidry has been recognised as an official religion in the UK for the first time in history.Druids have been a part of Britain"s history for thousands of years but its taken until now for it to be officially recognised as a religion. "It was a long and at times frustrating process," said Phil Ryder,Chair of Trustees for The Druid Network.

The Druid Network has been given charitable status by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the quango that decides what counts as a genuine faith as well as regulating fundraising bodies.  

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Posted on Thursday, May 20 - 2010

Austrian motorway bosses have hired druids to drain the negative energy from infamous accident black spots.An initial trial conducted to see if the concept had merrit produced impressive results, now officials are rolling out the scheme nationwide in an attempt to reduce traffic accidents. Motorowaybosses in Austria secretly hired a full-time team of druids to drain "negative energy" from accident blackspots.

The team is said to have reduced fatal accidents at one notorious crash site to zero after restoring its "terrestrial radiation".

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