According to the report, “FIRE illuminated the Edinburgh sky as thousands of people gathered to watch a modern take on an ancient Gaelic festival.”
The first few paragraphs give a description of the modern take on this ancient Summer passage ritual.
THE Beltane Fire festival on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill is held to mark the start of summer each year with theatre displays, dance and acrobatics.
Starting as darkness fell over the capital, a fire procession wound its way up the hill, stopping at set locations where different groups performed.
The festival is focused on two central figures, the May Queen and the Green Man, who led the procession to a massive bonfire which is lit to welcome what participants see as the first morning of summer.
Organised by the Beltane Fire Society, the modern festival started in 1988 as a community event which has grown each year as more acts join the line-up.
To celebrate this anniversary, we picked a theme dense with meaning. Heaven and Hell are extraordinary concepts. For many of us they are, as The Encyclopedia of Religion defines them, “symbolic expressions in various religious traditions.” Expressions of “a state of bliss … or an abode of deity” and “a state of spiritual impoverishment and … an abode of evil.” For others they are places, as real as earth and sky.
And, in news from Russian scientists:
In other news today, “Cooling in the Arctic: what to expect?”
The Voice of Russia published an article about new research on global cooling.
The report begins:
Global warming which has been the subject of so many discussions in recent years, may give way to global cooling. According to scientists from the Pulkovo Observatory in St.Petersburg, solar activity is waning, so the average yearly temperature will begin to decline as well. Scientists from Britain and the US chime in saying that forecasts for global cooling are far from groundless. Some experts warn that a change in the climate may affect the ambitious projects for the exploration of the Arctic that have been launched by many countries.
In other news:
This article describes the scene of ice cracking into what looks like glass shards on a lake in Minnesota.
And finally, a robot used to explore otherwise inaccessible parts of Mayan ruins makes discovery:
“Hundreds of mysterious spheres lie beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, an ancient six-level pyramid just 30 miles from Mexico City,” according to the article by Rossella Lorenzi, published by Discovery News.