Pagan beliefs persist in the New World

Pagan beliefs persist in the New World

SURVIVING winters some 2,000 years ago was not easy. In an attempt to increase their chances of survival, Irish pagans would curry favour with evil spirits during the festival of Samhain—which fell at the midpoint of the equinox and the winter solstice—by inviting occupants of the “Otherworld” to feast with them. The tradition persists 2,000…

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“Der Vorname” probes the politics of nomenclature

“Der Vorname” probes the politics of nomenclature

FROM ITS first scene, “Der Vorname” reminds the viewer of the importance of nomenclature. As a pizza-delivery boy winds his way through the picturesque roads of Bonn, he passes some of the great names in German history: Beethoven Street, Adenauer Street, Bismarck Street, Lessing Street. He mistakenly rings the doorbell of Elisabeth (Caroline Peters) and…

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