On April 15, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "A 61-year-old woman accused of being a high priestess in the Palo Mayombe religion is charged with directing followers to steal human remains from Newark cemeteries for use in the sect's rituals.
Miriam Mirabal's trial began Wednesday in Superior Court in Newark. The Cuban immigrant is charged in a seven-count indictment with...
On April 8, 2004 The Miami Herald reported, "A Miami Lakes resident trimming branches hanging over her yard from a neighbor's tree one recent Saturday saw a large white goat in a cage in her neighbor's yard.
That Sunday, as she was again trimming branches, she caught a glimpse of a large white cross and heard singing -- 'mumblings'- and the clucking...
On April 5, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "A Voodoo-certifying agency in Philadelphia has sued the Sci Fi Channel, demanding that a 'questionable' Voodoo priestess be removed from a reality TV show.
The National African Religion Congress, which claims to represent 5,000 authentic 'priests and priestesses of varying African-derived religions,' said Voodoo rituals shown on the 'Mad Mad House' reality...
On March 17, 2004 New York Newsday reported, "People who practice Santeria are not always open about it because of the stigma that still surrounds the religion. For that reason, Marta Moreno Vega, a professor of religion at Hunter College and founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center in Manhattan, did...
On October 15, 2003 1010 Wins reported that "a Santeria priest vowed to go forward with an animal sacrifice in Passaic on Monday, insisting the activity is protected by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Felix Mota, a santero, or priest of the Afro-Cuban religion, said he will sacrifice a chicken at a Santeria altar in back of his religious artifact store, the Botanica St....
On April 30, 2003 the BBC News reported, "Voodoo has been practised in Haiti since the late 18th Century, but only now has it been recognised as a religion on a par with others worshipped in the country.
Haiti's Catholic President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, took the decision earlier in April which means that voodoo ceremonies such as marriages now have equal standing with Catholic ones."
On February 14, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "members of a north Houston family that practices Santeria rituals said they
were praying for a relative in a coma when authorities barged into their home,
seizing 12 goats, 11 chickens and two pigeons about to be sacrificed... No charges were immediately filed against the five participants in the
religious ritual in the 300 block of Coach near Imperial Valley, but the
SPCA seized all of the animals in the family's back yard Wednesday... The five residents,...
On January 19, 2003 The New York Times reported that "as an assistant professor in the Religion Department at Wesleyan
University, the wife of a Haitian man, the mother of an adopted Haitian
and a follower of the [voodoo] religion herself, Ms. McAlister has to find a balance
between the personal, the professional and the academic... Voodoo is a religion developed by Africans forced to leave their homes behind
and work as slaves on Haiti's sugar plantations. A broad religion with millions
of faithful and countless...
On November 6, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "Mexicans in metro Atlanta commemorated Dia de
los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a celebration rooted in both their indigenous
traditions and their adopted Christianity. Several hundred people viewed 13 homemade altars at a celebration in Forest
Park sponsored by the city and the Mexican consul general's office Saturday. The celebration... shares its philosophy with
that of other cultures such as those in Asia and Africa in which ancestor...
On October 26, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "Tony Van Der Meer was raised a Baptist, but years ago, friends introduced him to the religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The Yoruba revere family and ancestors. Van Der Meer, 48, an African studies professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, says he saw a powerful demonstration of his new faith a decade ago involving his father, a man he barely knew. The Yoruba believe in a supreme god and more than 400 lesser divinities, called orishas, each with its...
On October 26, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "last week, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education devoted its second annual conference on African ritual and art to the role of ancestors. The conference 'focused on seeing how the traditions from Africa, transplanted in the Western Hemisphere... still have influence,' says Cambridge Center spokesman Jim Smith... Dragged from Africa during slavery, the Yoruba brought religious beliefs that couldn't be suffocated... The Yoruba believe in a supreme god and mo...
On October 4, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "the Postal Service issues its holiday stamps in October to continue interest in collecting. Next Thursday, four holiday stamps, all 37 cents, will be issued commemorating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Muslim Eid. Contemporary Christmas stamps, featuring snowmen, will be issued later."
On September 28, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "despite the difficulties of collecting data, the numbers in the census
released last week reveal the strength of religion county-by-county across
America. The report said that 141.3 million people, or 50.2 percent of the U.S.
population, were involved with churches, synagogues, mosques or temples. That
makes the United States one of the most religious nations in the world, said
Houseal, a statistician for the Church of the Nazarene. However, the number does not...
On June 17, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on a "two-day Pagan Picnic in Tower
Grove Park [in St. Louis, Missouri]... Sponsored by the Council For Alternative Spiritual Traditions, the picnic is
a chance for pagans to celebrate being pagans, said River Higginbotham, chair of
this year's 10th-annual event. Local pagans also see it as an educational
opportunity - a chance to let the public know what paganism is all about... Higginbotham estimated [that the picnic]
attracted about 2,500 people this year. Over the...
On June 15, 2002 The Boston Globe featured an article on the vodou practice of the Haitian community in Boston. "Wesleyan scholar Elizabeth McAlister says vodou
historically has been a force for good in Haiti, intimately woven with the
struggle for civil rights and against poverty... Yet the... popular misperceptions and a relatively small
Haitian community in Boston means vodou in this area is practiced in the privacy
of homes and basements, unlike in New York or Miami, which have larger vodou
populations and occasional public...