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Contemporary Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Europe

Colonialist and Nationalist Impulses

Edited by Kathryn Rountree

326 pages, 22 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-646-9 $95.00/£67.00 Hb Published (June 2015)

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“The reviewed book presents an outstanding effort in researching contemporary Paganism and Native Faith movements in Europe nowadays.” · Pantheon Journal

“All in all, this book is of undoubted value to scholars of contemporary Pagan studies, helping to reveal a wide array of previously unknown case studies. Other scholars of religious studies with a particular interest in nationality and national identity may also find much to intrigue them here.” · Nova Religio

“…the volume does a fine job of employing descriptive and ethnographic material to highlight the complex interworkings of the analytically-distinguishable but practically-interacting traditionalism and eclecticism.” · Anthropology Review Database

“Rountree’s welcome and timely edited volume addresses topical, cutting-edge issues with regard to contemporary European Pagan and Native Faith movements. Focusing on the theoretical richness born out of the tensions found between ‘the local’ and ‘the global,’ past and present, the volume provides a refreshing approach to understanding these movements.” · Amy Whitehead, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Pagan and Native Faith movements have sprung up across Europe in recent decades, yet little has been published about them compared with their British and American counterparts. Though all such movements valorize human relationships with nature and embrace polytheistic cosmologies, practitioners’ beliefs, practices, goals, and agendas are diverse. Often side by side are groups trying to reconstruct ancient religions motivated by ethnonationalism—especially in post-Soviet societies—and others attracted by imported traditions, such as Wicca, Druidry, Goddess Spirituality, and Core Shamanism. Drawing on ethnographic cases, contributors explore the interplay of neo-nationalistic and neo-colonialist impulses in contemporary Paganism, showing how these impulses play out, intersect, collide, and transform.

Kathryn Rountree is Professor of Anthropology at Massey University. She has published on contemporary Paganism in Malta and New Zealand, feminist spirituality, animism, pilgrimage, and embodiment, and the contestation of sacred sites. Her books include Embracing the Witch and the Goddess: Feminist Ritual-makers in New Zealand (Routledge, 2004), Crafting Contemporary Pagan Identities in a Catholic Society (Ashgate, 2010), and the co-edited Archaeology of Spiritualities (Springer, 2012).

Subject: General Anthropology Religion
Area: Europe

LC: BP605.N46C68 2015

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; REL000000 RELIGION/General

BIC: JFSR Religious groups: social & cultural aspects; JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography




Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements

Introduction: Context is Everything: Plurality and Paradox in Contemporary European Paganisms
Kathryn Rountree

Chapter 1. Sami Neo-shamanism in Norway: Colonial Grounds, Ethnic Revival and Pagan Pathways
Siv Ellen Kraft

Chapter 2. It’s Not Easy Being Apolitical: Reconstruction and Eclecticism in Danish Asatro
Matthew H. Amster

Chapter 3. Modern Heathenism in Sweden: A Case Study in the Creation of a Traditional Religion
Fredrik Gregorius

Chapter 4. The Brotherhood of Wolves, Czech Republic: From Ásatrú to Primitivism
Kamila Velkoborská

Chapter 5. Soviet-era Discourse and Siberian Shamanic Revivalism: How Area Spirits Speak through Academia
Eleanor Peers

Chapter 6. In Search of Genuine Religion: The Contemporary Estonian MaausulisedMovement and Nationalist Discourse
Ergo-Hart Västrik

Chapter 7. Emerging Identity Marketsof Contemporary Pagan Ideologies in Hungary
Tamás Szilágyi

Chapter 8. Hot, Strange, Völkish, Cosmopolitan: Native Faith and Neopagan Witchcraft in Berlin’s Changing Urban Context
Victoria Hegner

Chapter 9. Paganism in Ireland: Syncretic Processes, Identity and a Sense of Place
Jenny Butler

Chapter 10. On the Sticks and Stones of the Greencraft Temple in Flanders: Balancing Global and Local Heritage in Wicca
Léon van Gulik

Chapter 11. Iberian Paganism: Goddess Spirituality in Spain and Portugal and the Quest for Authenticity
Anna Fedele

Chapter 12. Bellisama and Aradia: Paganism Re-emerges in Italy
Francesca Ciancimino Howell

Chapter 13. Authenticity and Invention in the Quest for a Modern Maltese Paganism
Kathryn Rountree

Notes on Contributors
Index

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