By Jennifer Snook

American Heathens is the 1st in-depth ethnographic research in regards to the principally misunderstood perform of yankee Heathenry (Germanic Paganism). Jennifer Snook—who has been Pagan when you consider that her early children and a Heathen considering the fact that eighteen—traces the improvement and trajectory of Heathenry as a brand new non secular circulate in the USA, one during which all identities are political and all politics matter.

Snook explores the complexities of pagan reconstruction and racial, ethnic and gender identification in today’s divisive political weather. She considers the effect of social media on Heathen collectivities, and provides a glimpse of the realm of Heathen meanings, rituals, and philosophy.

In American Heathens, Snook offers the tales and views of recent practitioners in enticing aspect. She treats Heathens as contributors of a spiritual circulate, instead of easily a way of life reenacting myths and tales of appeal. Her booklet shrewdly addresses how humans build ethnicity in a reconstructionist (historically-minded) religion process without important authority.

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