Bronx Botanica Offers Polytheistic Worship

Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by in Arts and Culture, Sandeep Junnarkar

In a recent edition of amNY, they wrote an article about how people are mixing different religions for the holidays.

But at her botanica in the Bronx, Lady Rhea has been offering multi-religious worship all year round for the last four years.

At Magickal Realms on Webster Avenue, just a block away from Fordham University, the shop offers religious products and advice, drawing from Christianity, Santeria, Wicca and Buddhism. ¬†She’s also started the Pagan Center of New York where she’s opened a silver jewelry shop, and hopes to hold affordable Buddhim classes and draw religious people from other boroughs and states.

In a recent interview with Rhea Bila, who was born and raised in the Bronx, tells her why her polytheistic shop is important in the community.

Lady Rhea

Lady Rhea

What sets her botanica apart from others?

[audio: http://digitalstoragespace.com/10/soto/audio/ladyrhea/what_sets_her_botanica_apart.mp3|titles=about her botanica]

An Italian witch in the Bronx

[audio: http://digitalstoragespace.com/10/soto/audio/ladyrhea/an_italian_witch_in_the_bronx.mp3]

A mix of customers

[audio: http://digitalstoragespace.com/10/soto/audio/ladyrhea/a_mix_of_customers.mp3]

Wiccaria, a new religion?

[audio: http://digitalstoragespace.com/10/soto/audio/ladyrhea/wiccaria_a_new_religion.mp3]

Lady Rhea, global witch

[audio: http://digitalstoragespace.com/10/soto/audio/ladyrhea/lady_rhea_the_global_witch.mp3]

Her role in the community

[audio: http://digitalstoragespace.com/10/soto/audio/ladyrhea/her_role_in_the_community.mp3]

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