Sunday, July 11, 2010

Circle Cemetery - America's first national Pagan burial ground

Some very important news for our Pagan community comes from Circle Sanctuary regarding the first officially recognized Pagan cemetery.  Here is the story of Circle Cemetery:
Memorial for Marion Weinstein
"Circle Cemetery is located at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve, just north of Barneveld, Wisconsin, about 25 miles west of Madison near Blue Mound State Park. Founded in 1995, Circle Cemetery is the first National Pagan Burial Ground and one of the first exclusively "Green" or Conservation Cemeteries in the United States. Conservation cemeteries are as the name implies – cemeteries situated in preserved natural areas. They usually include places for cremains as well as sites for Green burials. Green burial is returning a non-embalmed body to the earth in a natural, biodegradable container.

Circle Cemetery is located in the heart of our 200-acre Nature preserve founded in 1983. In 1995, we dedicated the original part of our cemetery as a Green cemetery as well as a national cemetery for practitioners of the Wiccan religion, Paganism, Ecospirituality, and other forms of Nature religion. Since that time cremains of seventeen Pagans have been placed at the Cemetery, including those from Wisconsin, New York, Nevada, Utah, California, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and South Carolina."  ...(Cont.)...