White boy blazing a trail in black S. African spiritual world

Dec 23, 2015

White boy blazing a trail in black S. African spiritual world

Barefoot, with rattles on his ankles and wearing a colorful beaded ceremonial skirt, a white boy with short blond hair makes shamanic-like dance moves to a frantic drum beat. Kyle Todd is a spiritual healer, or sangoma as healers are known in his native ...

Dec 18, 2015

Canadian man kills Brit in psychedelic ceremony in Peru's Amazon

A Canadian killed a Briton after the two men took a hallucinogenic plant brew known as ayahuasca together at a spiritual retreat in the Peruvian Amazon, authorities said Thursday. Witnesses told police the Canadian man, 29-year-old Joshua Andrew Freeman Stevens, killed the British man, ...

Witch wins protective order against warlock in Salem court

Oct 29, 2015

Witch wins protective order against warlock in Salem court

A judge granted a protective order against a warlock on Wednesday, spelling relief for the Salem witch who accused him of harassment. The two faced off in court before a Salem District Court judge, who granted the protective order to witch priestess Lori Sforza. ...

Bigfoot believers exchange stories at New York retreat

Oct 25, 2015

Bigfoot believers exchange stories at New York retreat

Believers in the legendary Bigfoot creature gathered Saturday in western New York state, convinced the giant ape also known as Sasquatch has left its footprints all over the region. Yeti, sasquatch, ape-man, Bigfoot. No matter the name, sightings have been reported in virtually every ...

Oct 11, 2015

U.K. police report rise in witchcraft, exorcism cases

Britain’s Metropolitan Police have reported an increase in the number of child abuse cases that involve allegations of witchcraft and exorcism. Police said Sunday a specialist unit received 46 such cases in 2014, more than twice as many as the year before. The “Project ...

Thousands mark summer solstice at Britain's Stonehenge

Jun 21, 2015

Thousands mark summer solstice at Britain's Stonehenge

Nine people were arrested as thousands gathered at the prehistoric stone circle of Stonehenge to mark the longest day of the year, British police said Sunday. Around 23,000 people, some with flowers in their hair and playing drums and accordions, showed up at the ...

In Uganda, desire for money, power behind child sacrifices

Jun 18, 2015

In Uganda, desire for money, power behind child sacrifices

Kanani and Sylvia, a brother and sister ages 9 and 8, were grazing the family cattle in rural Uganda when they were approached by a man they vaguely knew. Sperito Bisekwa was angry. He accused the children of allowing their cows to eat his ...

Shroud of Turin goes back on display for faithful and curious

Apr 19, 2015

Shroud of Turin goes back on display for faithful and curious

Turin’s archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again when it goes back on display starting Sunday. The 4.3-meter-long (14-foot) cloth ...

Modeling the zombie apocalypse: Head for the hills

Mar 5, 2015

Modeling the zombie apocalypse: Head for the hills

Americans living in the Rockies stand a better chance of dodging a zombie apocalypse than their urban counterparts. Cities would fall quickly, suggests the “large-scale exact stochastic dynamical simulation of a zombie outbreak” from Cornell University in New York state. But it would take ...