This seems to be a bit of the opposite ends of the spectrum.
Pagans gather for
elaborate Wiccan funeral
of celebrated Cornish
Eron the Wizard – real name Ian Wilson – died of cancer aged 62 and his last wish was for a Wiccan funeral.
High priestess Julia Stoiber, a close friend of Ian, will be flying in from Austria to head Thursday’s ceremony, which begins with four torch bearers representing the elements. [snip]
She said: “To me, he was just my dad but he was different to others. He was a practising wizard who looked like Merlin and even carried a staff.
“He travelled all over the UK telling people to believe in magic. [snip]
Guess he just didn’t have that old ‘magickal’ tough for healing.
Meanwhile another witch gets her own funeral
Woman accused of
witchcraft axed to death
in Papua New Guinea
Police in Papua New Guinea vowed to find the men who axed to death a woman accused of using witchcraft to spark a measles outbreak in the country’s remote jungle highlands, a missionary said on Wednesday after meeting authorities.
The woman, Mifila, was one of four women accused with 13 of their family members of using sorcery to cause measles deaths last November in the village of Fiyawena, in Enga province, said Lutheran missionary Anton Lutz.
Women are often accused and killed in witch hunts even though laws passed in 2013 make revenge killings over black magic punishable by death. Human Rights Watch earlier this year named Papua New Guinea as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman due to gender based violence. [snip]
“The villagers are still scared that the men will come back. It’s still a tense situation for the community,” he said, adding that the only access to the village is by walking for several hours or getting a plane to a local landing strip.
“It’s deep jungle out there … This is a big piece of jungle for people to hide in.”
Police could not immediately be reached for comment.
Papua New Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the world with the majority of its 7 million people living in traditional societies.
People in the country are deeply superstitious and accusations of sorcery are commonly used to explain deaths caused by disease or to kill rivals or enemies.
Sounds like Baltimore or Chicago. Well, what can one expect from a bunch of pagans.