Pagans gather in Moss Bank Park for anti-fracking ritual

Pagans gather in Moss Bank Park for anti-fracking ritual

RITUAL The pagans in Moss Bank Park

RITUAL The pagans in Moss Bank Park

RITUAL The pagans in Moss Bank Park

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WHILE many Bolton residents headed to Moss Bank Park at the weekend for a stroll, an ice cream or maybe a game of football — one group of people were in the park for a very different reason.

A group known as the Bolton Area Pagans met there for an anti-fracking Pagan ritual.

A total of 33 people turned out in a variety of costumes for what was part of a worldwide protest of Pagan groups.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is more commonly known, is the process of drilling down into the earth and using a high-pressure water mixture to release shale gas.

Drilling companies have suggested that trillions of cubic feet of shale gas may be recoverable from underneath parts of northern England but many groups are concerned about a range of possible environmental effects.

Bolton Area Pagans spent about an hour performing a ceremony that involved meditation, prayer and a drum beating. Sally Bowman, from the group, said the protest was organised to help “protect our sacred earth from being exploited for financial gain.”

She said: “We joined with Pagans all over the world in Australia, Canada and even the Arctic Circle to help protect Britain from this process.

“We are all directly linked to the earth, and so we called out the energy from all four elements — earth, water, air and fire — to join us in the circle and form a cone of power, contributed to by the other rituals around the world. We then sent that power to the earth for protection and healing.”

The Bolton group meets every third Tuesday in the Sweet Green Tavern in Crook Street.

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9:35am Mon 30 Sep 13

oftbewildered2 says...

I am sure this Pagan ceremony dates back many thousands of years!!!!!!! However, I do respect the right of peaceful protest.
I am sure this Pagan ceremony dates back many thousands of years!!!!!!! However, I do respect the right of peaceful protest. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 13

10:03am Mon 30 Sep 13

one_love says...

bunch of crack smoking hippies singing and dancing
bunch of crack smoking hippies singing and dancing one_love
  • Score: -24

11:11am Mon 30 Sep 13

Jim271 says...

Most of these so called "pagan" rituals have been recently made up. They are about as historically accurate as "Monty Pythons Life of Brian" or the bible for that matter.

Still no different from a bunch of people who insist of punishing themselves by wearing white shirts and watching sacrificies at the Reebok Stadium every other Saturday
Most of these so called "pagan" rituals have been recently made up. They are about as historically accurate as "Monty Pythons Life of Brian" or the bible for that matter. Still no different from a bunch of people who insist of punishing themselves by wearing white shirts and watching sacrificies at the Reebok Stadium every other Saturday Jim271
  • Score: -3

12:52pm Mon 30 Sep 13

MarkAllRead says...

Jim271 wrote:
Most of these so called "pagan" rituals have been recently made up. They are about as historically accurate as "Monty Pythons Life of Brian" or the bible for that matter.

Still no different from a bunch of people who insist of punishing themselves by wearing white shirts and watching sacrificies at the Reebok Stadium every other Saturday
You're right, the Wanderers were fracking awful against Yeovil.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Most of these so called "pagan" rituals have been recently made up. They are about as historically accurate as "Monty Pythons Life of Brian" or the bible for that matter. Still no different from a bunch of people who insist of punishing themselves by wearing white shirts and watching sacrificies at the Reebok Stadium every other Saturday[/p][/quote]You're right, the Wanderers were fracking awful against Yeovil. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 10

12:53pm Mon 30 Sep 13

aardwolf says...

Bolton Area Pagans - BAPs. Most appropriate acronym ever.
Bolton Area Pagans - BAPs. Most appropriate acronym ever. aardwolf
  • Score: 0

12:56pm Mon 30 Sep 13

Beyond News Forum says...

one_love wrote:
bunch of crack smoking hippies singing and dancing
Plonker!
[quote][p][bold]one_love[/bold] wrote: bunch of crack smoking hippies singing and dancing[/p][/quote]Plonker! Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 11

1:04pm Mon 30 Sep 13

boltonnut says...

I hope there were no animal sacrifices.
I hope there were no animal sacrifices. boltonnut
  • Score: -3

2:49pm Mon 30 Sep 13

mr.mark.c says...

I bet most drive cars or catch buses that are powered by oil that is extracted from their sacred earth and exploited for financial gain.
Do they also use electricity?
It isn't magic, most is produced by burning oil, gas or coal, again extracted from the earth.
Look at it as a gift from the earth :)
I bet most drive cars or catch buses that are powered by oil that is extracted from their sacred earth and exploited for financial gain. Do they also use electricity? It isn't magic, most is produced by burning oil, gas or coal, again extracted from the earth. Look at it as a gift from the earth :) mr.mark.c
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3:14pm Mon 30 Sep 13

one_love says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
one_love wrote: bunch of crack smoking hippies singing and dancing
Plonker!
Whoever believes this rubbish, are plonkers.

"Called out the energy from all four elements — earth, water, air and fire — to join us in the circle and form a cone of power, contributed to by the other rituals around the world. We then sent that power to the earth for protection and healing"

Basically they're all high as and think dancing around and praying for the planet. Can save the world from fracking, im pretty sure the fracking is still going on after their lil sing song at the weekend.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]one_love[/bold] wrote: bunch of crack smoking hippies singing and dancing[/p][/quote]Plonker![/p][/quote]Whoever believes this rubbish, are plonkers. "Called out the energy from all four elements — earth, water, air and fire — to join us in the circle and form a cone of power, contributed to by the other rituals around the world. We then sent that power to the earth for protection and healing" Basically they're all high as and think dancing around and praying for the planet. Can save the world from fracking, im pretty sure the fracking is still going on after their lil sing song at the weekend. one_love
  • Score: -6

5:36pm Mon 30 Sep 13

winternite says...

Of course there is very little left as far as writen word on how pagan rituals were done thousands of years ago. Rituals change t o be current with the times we live in. Just how sure of you that book your reading is 100% true?

If we all join as one to save our planet, can you imagine what we can do? .
Of course there is very little left as far as writen word on how pagan rituals were done thousands of years ago. Rituals change t o be current with the times we live in. Just how sure of you that book your reading is 100% true? If we all join as one to save our planet, can you imagine what we can do? . winternite
  • Score: 15

6:05pm Mon 30 Sep 13

SwampWitch says...

Actually, cross culturally the tradition of revering the Earth as a living Being is much more ancient than any prayers said in a church house or a cathedral, followed by the ritual cannibalization of the prophet; Jesus.
No, they may not stop fracking today but, as Winternite so gently suggests, (I'm not as sweet) - small groups can be effective if enough of them get out from behind their keyboards and actually show up. As opposed to cramming Twinkies and hissing about other people that is.
Actually, cross culturally the tradition of revering the Earth as a living Being is much more ancient than any prayers said in a church house or a cathedral, followed by the ritual cannibalization of the prophet; Jesus. No, they may not stop fracking today but, as Winternite so gently suggests, (I'm not as sweet) - small groups can be effective if enough of them get out from behind their keyboards and actually show up. As opposed to cramming Twinkies and hissing about other people that is. SwampWitch
  • Score: 15

8:39pm Mon 30 Sep 13

mr.mark.c says...

Next they will want me to stop driving my 4x4, Go hug a tree, I only drive it because it winds up hippies ;)
Next they will want me to stop driving my 4x4, Go hug a tree, I only drive it because it winds up hippies ;) mr.mark.c
  • Score: -1

9:35pm Mon 30 Sep 13

Citizen Cane says...

They're not real pagans - the real ones would be fracking in the buff. That's how you tell, you see.
They're not real pagans - the real ones would be fracking in the buff. That's how you tell, you see. Citizen Cane
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