Religion: Preaching Pan, Isis and Om

That witch next door may be just a friendly neopagan

As 250 fellow worshipers formed a circle around them and chanted the ancient Hindu mantra "om," the bride and bridegroom watched the priest and priestess and their helpers conjure into their midst the gods and goddesses of the four elements—air, water, earth and fire.

Among the other rituals: a "purification" by holy water and a "communion" of bread and wine. Finally the couple fastened blue ribbons around each other's heads—his with a gold medallion representing the sun, hers with a silver crescent symbolizing the...

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