By Michael Strmiska
Sleek Paganism in global Cultures collects the paintings of experts in faith, folklore, and comparable fields to supply a finished remedy of the circulate to reestablish pre-Christian religions. special bills of the idea platforms and rituals of every faith, besides research of the cultural, social, and political components fueling the go back to ancestral spiritual perform, make this a wealthy, singular resource.Scandinavian Asatru, Latvian Dievturi, American Wicca—long-dormant religions are taking up new existence as humans search reference to their history and search for extra pleasing methods to the pressures of postmodernism. The Neopagan circulation is a small yet growing to be impression in Western tradition. This e-book presents a map to those resurgent religions and an exam of the origins of the Neopagan circulation.
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But what is less well known is that Prussia had a preGermanic history. It was once a land inhabited by Baltic tribes whose language, culture, and religion were closely related to those of the Baltic peoples in neighboring Lithuania and Latvia (Suziedelis 1997). The Prussian language is now a dead language, but from the few surviving documents, linguists have no doubt that it was a member of the Baltic subgroup of the Indo-European language family. It is also known that the Baltic Prussians practiced a polytheistic, Indo-European religion closely related to that of the Pagan peoples of Lithuania and Latvia.
A straightforward linkage of Nazism with Indo-European studies and modern Paganism is inaccurate for a number of reasons. The Nazis had only the most superficial and selective understanding of Indo-European research theories; otherwise, they would have realized the absurdity of identifying Germans as the original Aryans. It is also demonstrable that the Nazis were far from wholly committed to Germanic Paganism as a would-be Aryan religion. The Pagan project of Rosenberg and several other Nazi leaders was ultimately rejected by the upper echelon of the party, including Hitler himself, and was contradicted by the alternative line of Nazi propaganda that interpreted Christian texts, teachings, and the figure of Jesus himself in a racist, pro-German, anti-Semitic manner, with a view to creating a Nazified version of Christianity.
Such domestic Pagan worship is highly variable. Many, though not all, Pagans fashion and decorate images of deities to whom prayers are directed, songs are sung, and offerings are given. Though rites of worship in the European Pagan religions of old frequently involved animal sacrifice, this practice is rare in modern Paganism, even among Reconstructionists, who are usually so dedicated to an exacting re-creation of past practices. It is common to find Pagan deities worshipped with offerings of bread, cake, fruits, flowers, and other nonmeat items and milk, beer, wine, and other beverages.