Its a different world out there. If you think you have problems with being discriminated against for being pagan then read the following article, gleaned from the New Zealand Herald (5/5/07). You think you are a hardcore pagan? Then check out the last paragraph. The goddess is alive!(x-posted)****************************************
HYDERABAD, India - An elderly Indian husband and wife were burnt to death after villagers accused them of practicing black magic, tied them together on a pyre and set them on fire, police said today.
"The aged couple died screaming for help," said police superintendent P.V. Sunil Kumar.
Sayanna, 70, and his 61-year-old wife, Pochamma, were set ablaze after being doused with kerosene.
Both were farm labourers near the southern city of Hyderabad who also practiced traditional medicine. Police have arrested six villagers for the incident.
Belief in black magic is common in some parts of rural India, despite the country's robust economic growth and cutting-edge high-technology industries.
Dozens of women are murdered each year after being accused of witchcraft.
Last year, a barber in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh killed his four-year-old son by slitting his throat with a razor after the man started seeing visions of the Hindu goddess Kali demanding a sacrifice
Interesting how they link economic growth & technology as reasons that should result in a decline in this belief
But looked at from one direction, magic etc is a form of technology itself. In traditional societies if a cow gets sick magic not only explains how the cow got sick but also how she can be cured. Science-technology begins to replace magic-technology because it is better at explaining some things and the use of magic-technology wanes because it is comparatively less and less efficient. It’s the difference between a woman wanting to conceive using a shivalingam and a woman wanting to conceive and going down to a fertility clinic.As from the link with economic growth, I think it’s a safe bet to say that the more money in circulation among more people results in a greater desire for material goods, commodities and mindsets.