Pomegranate http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM <p><em>Pomegranate</em> is the first International, peer-reviewed journal of Pagan studies. It provides a forum for papers, essays and symposia on both ancient and contemporary Pagan religious practices. <em>The Pomegranate</em> also publishes timely reviews of scholarly books in this growing field.</p> Equinox Publishing Ltd. en-US Pomegranate 1528-0268 <p>© Equinox Publishing Ltd.</p> <p>For information regarding our Open Access policy, <a title="Open access policy." href="Full%20details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.">click here</a>.</p> Sensing Materiality in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/18956 <p>It might be expected that practitioners of contemporary magico-religious traditions consider they have a special relationship with the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Cornwall. In this ethnographic article I examine how visiting practitioners in search of familiarity and authority approach the collection in a sensory and emotional manner that generates dialogic relationships between people, places, and things. While much museological debate acknowledges dynamic relationships between people and things, for contemporary witches these objects are literally alive in an inspirited world. This has a bearing on how they apprehend the museum as a space for multiple forms of engagement.</p> Helen Cornish Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 10–33 10–33 10.1558/pome.18956 Seeking Sekhmet http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/18653 <p>Despite their seemingly secular location within numerous museums across the globe, ancient statues of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet have become focal points of contemporary spiritual pilgrimages for those seeking knowledge of “Herstory” and the numinous. The purported experiences of Goddess devotees indicate the development of a canon of reception which regards museums as both educational resources and houses of the sacred. This article examines the intersection of contemporary Goddess Spirituality with museum exhibits featuring statues of Sekhmet, considering the implications of secular institutions housing artifacts deemed of sacred significance. It will conclude by outlining how the engagement of special interest groups, such as Goddess devotees, present specific concerns, as well as potential benefits to the heritage industry.</p> Olivia Ciaccia Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 34–63 34–63 10.1558/pome.18653 Atlantis of the North http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/21321 <p>The article presents the cultural reception of Old Uppsala with a focus in how it is used by contemporary Heathens. Modern Swedish Heathens see the place as spiritually significant, and there have been public blots at the site yearly since 2000. Such rituals are only ambivalently tolerated by the museum and Swedish National Heritage Board. In recent years other groups have started to use the site as well and it has also been used by a variety of smaller shamanistic groups. For Heathens, the place a sacred area, representing the last significant religious site for pre-Christian Norse religion and resistance to Christianization.</p> <p>I argue that Old Uppsala lies at the center of Sweden’s often complicated relationship with its own history. Its story follows broader cultural trends connected to national identity and when modern Heathens enter the scene, they become a part of this larger debate. The article will look at how the museum presents the Viking age and how their presentations both work with and in opposition to Heathen constructions about Viking age religion.</p> Fredrik Gregorius Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 64–91 64–91 10.1558/pome.21321 Who Owns the Heart of Vilnius? Pagans, Catholics, and Contested National Religious Heritage http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/21327 <p>The paper aims to contribute to the expansion of a cultural-geographical scope of studies on heritage contested by Pagans and a better understanding of construction of the religious and the secular in inter-religious heritage contestation. The presented case involves multiple stakeholders and a direct clash of the Catholic church and contemporary Pagans over a contested heritage site currently referred to as the archcathedral and the Cathedral Square located in the historical center of Vilnius, Lithuania. Based on observations of communal practices of Romuva, a community of contemporary Lithuanian Pagans, discourses and actions of the Catholic church and representatives of the Vilnius City Municipality and other relevant secular institutions, the analysis looks at both discursive and performative strategies employed by participants.</p> Eglė Aleknaitė Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 92–114 92–114 10.1558/pome.21327 The Sacredness of Museum Spaces in Activities of the Pagan Community Rus’ke Pravoslavne Kolo (Community of Rus’ people who praise gods) http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/19847 <p>This article focuses on the activities of one of the Native Faith organizations of Ukraine, the Rus’ke Pravoslavne Kolo (Community of Rus’ people who praise gods, hereafter CRLG). This organization was founded in October 2007. The center of the community’s activities is located in the city of Zaporizhzhia, located on the banks of the Dnipro River. The riverbed is divided by the island of Khortytsia, the largest island on the Dnipro, the pride of Ukraine and a national reserve. The island also contains important historical and archaeological sites. They are part of the CRLG’s religious and ritual activities. It should be noted that the island of Khortytsia and its objects (the complex of cromlechs of the Eneolithic period, the sanctuary of the Bronze Age, and the “Scythian Camp” tourist-memorial complex are important components of the religious self-identification of many contemporary Ukrainian Pagans. They give a feeling of belonging to antiquity, to spiritual sources. But it is the representatives of the CRLG, due to the geographical proximity to the museum space of the island of Khortytsia, who most actively use it in their religious and spiritual practices. Contemporary Pagans themselves also create museum spaces that have become part of the culture, such as the Rodovid wandering museum. In 2014, Bereginya Yana (Yasna) Yakovenko became its ideological inspirer and organizer. The museum exhibits are based on Yana Yakovenko’s collection of embroidered shirts (vyshyvankas). The Rodovid Museum began its active work precisely due to people’s interest inthe traditions of embroidery. Yana Yakovenko lectures at schools in Zaporizhzhia and conducts appropriate master classes. Today, the exhibits of this museum are in her home. The museum is “wandering” because it does not have a special room for its exhibits, but in 2020 Yana Yakovenko has officially issued documents for museum activities.</p> Oksana Smorzhevska Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 115–139 115–139 10.1558/pome.19847 A Singular Empathy http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/21347 <p>The display of ancestral bones in museums cannot and does not compensate for the way in which our society dysfunctionally copes with death. If museums and archaeologists are to contribute positively to the wellbeing of our people, it is not by putting bones in display cases as if they were potsherds, or using publicity to get gallery visitors by suggesting they are murder victims, detailing the post mortem as if they were public property not persons, or evading questions about the hundreds of undocumented bones kept in untidy stores, without funding for either study or proper preservation; that is not an expression of healthy integration. What our society needs is examples of practical respect for the dead.</p> Emma Restall Orr Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 140–156 140–156 10.1558/pome.21347 Pagans and Museums http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/21357 <p>Inspired by post-colonial restitution campaigns for return of Ancestral bones, British Druids campaigned for the reburial of skeletons and other corporeal relics in museums and at heritage sites. This article briefly analyses the ideas behind and the conduct of these campaigns situating them within the traditions of contemporary British Druidry.</p> Will Rathouse Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 157–165 157–165 10.1558/pome.21357 Haunted Happenings and Hocus Pocus http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/21358 <p>The history and fascination of the Salem Witch Trials continues to attract visitors to the American coastal city in Massachusetts. This paper will investigate what has been instigated in the form of memorialization to those that were accused and subsequently executed; nineteen were hanged and one was pressed to death, how has Salem confronted this part of their history?</p> Cheryl Hubbard Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 166–185 166–185 10.1558/pome.21358 Witchcraft Past and Present at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/22069 <p>“Reckoning and Reclaiming,” an exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum, located in the center of Salem, Massachusetts, ran from September 2021 through March 2022, bringing together materials from the Salem witch trials of 1692 with Frances F. Denny’s photographs of contemporary Witches and a video of Alexander McQueen’s’ haute couture fashion show that he claimed was inspired by the trials. The mix of old and new witchcraft was visually jolting. Although the new materials provided some relief from the main part of the show that documents the horror of the state supported terror that was the trials, the mixing and matching of the two did neither full service. It further-more served as its own form of commercialization of witchcraft; something that in the past that the museum has avoided.</p> Helen A. Berger Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 186–202 186–202 10.1558/pome.22069 If That Which Thou Seekest Thou Findest Not Within Thee, Thou Wilt Never Find It On The Internet http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/22512 <p>This paper is an examination of the information behaviors and habits of practising Pagans and ritual magicians. Aspects of information behavior relevant to contemporary Paganism are discussed, before features of Paganism that may affect information needs and use are presented. An online questionnaire covering the six areas of information needs, access, retrieval, quality, use and literacy was administered with 142 respondents, and five of those were subsequently interviewed at length, before the results were analyzed using an interpretivist methodology, with reference to existing information behavior models deemed relevant. The results present the beginning stages of a model of Pagan and Occult information behavior, showing seven sliding scales concerning issues practicing Pagans and ritual magicians face when engaging with information, on which each individual may have very different positions.</p> Joanne Fitzpatrick Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 203–231 203–231 10.1558/pome.22512 Barbara Alice Mann, Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of Indigenous America http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/21975 <p>Barbara Alice Mann, Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath: The Twinned Cosmos of Indigenous America (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), xi + 364 pp. $135 (cloth), $38.95 (paper), $37.99 (ebook).</p> Sarah Dees Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 232–234 232–234 10.1558/pome.21975 Marisol Charbonneau, Quebec’s Distinct Paganism http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/20765 <p>Marisol Charbonneau, Quebec’s Distinct Paganism (Montreal: Arcana Elements, 2017), 274 pp., $24 (paper)</p> Helen A. Berger Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 235–237 235–237 10.1558/pome.20765 Matthew Hall, The Imagination of Plants: A Book of Botanical Mythology http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/20862 <p>Matthew Hall, The Imagination of Plants: A Book of Botanical Mythology (Albany: SUNY Press, 2019), 330 pp., $95 (cloth), $33.95 (paper).</p> Michael D. J. Bintley Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 238–240 238–240 10.1558/pome.20862 Jennifer Rycenga and Linda Barufaldi, eds., The Mary Daly Reader http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/21261 <p>Jennifer Rycenga and Linda Barufaldi, eds., The Mary Daly Reader (New York: New York University Press, 2017), 453 + xxiii pp., $99 (cloth), $35 (paper), $35 (ebook).</p> Marilyn R. Pukkila Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 241–243 241–243 10.1558/pome.21261 John Michael Greer, The King in Orange: The Magical and Occult Roots of Political Power http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/22319 <p>John Michael Greer, The King in Orange: The Magical and Occult Roots of Political Power (Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions, 2021). 202 pp. $16.99 (paper).</p> Chas S. Clifton Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 244–248 244–248 10.1558/pome.22319 Introduction to the Special Issue of The Pomegranate on Pagans and Museums http://journal.equinoxpub.com/POM/article/view/22410 <p>.</p> Caroline Tully Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-04-06 2022-04-06 23 1-2 1–9 1–9 10.1558/pome.22410