Celebrating with a different kind of holiday star: The unexpectedly pagan side of Christmas

Sharp smells of pine needles and holly, twinkling lights, and heaps of food spread out at parties, are just a few things that come to mind once December hits Canada every year. Widely known as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas is one of the biggest North American holidays. But despite the holiday having primarily Christian roots, a lot about Christmas as we know it today, has unexpectedly pagan origins. While Christianity emerged as a monotheistic religion during the Roman Empire, experts say many of its holiday customs were influenced by the dominant Western polytheistic pagan religions around them. And even with the dominance of Christmas’ Christian narrative, some still appreciate and believe in the pre-Christian pagan […]

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Letter: Cultural appropriation is only concerning when it’s harmful

The recent cancelling of a free yoga class at the University of Ottawa (U of O) started many conversations about cultural appropriation, and the validity of commercialized spiritual practices. I’m of the opinion that just about anyone who practices yoga is guilty of cultural appropriation, and if the far left had their way, all of us oppressors would live our lives stiff, stressed, and unable to touch our own toes. I don’t have a problem with practicing yoga. In fact, I’d say the problem isn’t yoga, but yogi. Not yogi as in associated with a religious practice, but the fact that the word is thrown around a lot on social media. It’s in hashtags such as #yogilife, and a lot […]

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