Friday, 9 December 2016

News: Pagans, Father Christmas, Vikings, Witches

"Santa Claus' Pagan Origins: Why Do Christmas Traditions Come From Old Europe?" - story at International Business Times:

"What religion was practised by the people of Lithuania before their conversion to Christianity in the 14th century?" - blog post about the last European country to be officially pagan at BBC History Magazine:

"Clive Standen and Maude Hirst travel to Scandinavia as Real Vikings looks at Paganism" - story at Monsters and

"Woman who rescued Nigerian 'witch-child' beats Obama, Pope Francis to top list of world's most inspiring people" - story at The Independent:

"Did a witch's curse kill a retired army captain and magistrate?" - story at Stoke Sentinel:

"Woman aged 101 escapes death over witchcraft claims" - story at Times of Zambia:

The picture shows a 1881 illustration by Thomas Nast who, along with Clement Clarke Moore's poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", helped to create the modern image of Santa Claus

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