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Controversial New Religions$
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James R. Lewis and Jesper Aa. Petersen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199315314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199315314.001.0001

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Wolf Age Pagans

Wolf Age Pagans

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Controversial New Religions

Mattias Gardell

Oxford University Press

Pointing out that even countercultural religious movements like modern neo-Paganism have their fringe elements, this chapter analyzes and describes the rise of racist Asatrú and other Norse-flavored Paganisms in the context of American white-power culture. Its rapid rise in popularity in the 1990s and their own identity construction processes provide a very different perspective on assumptions made by more mainstream Pagans regarding identity and affinity with past cultures. The chapter focuses on the Odinist Fellowship and Wotansvolk.

Keywords:   countercultural religious movements, neo-Paganism, racists, Asatrú, American white-power culture, Odinist Fellowship, Wotansvolk

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