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The Rune-Gild: Heathenism, Traditionalism, and the Left-Hand Path
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
2010 (English)In: International Journal for the Study of New Religions, ISSN 2041-9511, Vol. 1, no 1, 95-115 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The focus of this article is the Rune-Gild, a rune magical group founded in Texas, USA, in 1980, and which has variously been described as a Heathen, a Traditionalist, and a Left-Hand Path organization. The influence of these three esoteric currents on the Gild is examined, as is the issue of how they intermix to fit a common frame of reference. The article argues that describing a complex movement such as the Rune-Gild in a singular fashion, by referencing to only one of these currents, involves the risk of providing a one-sided and ultimately inaccurate depiction. Instead, a description involving a thorough examination of all major influences is required, and this in turn makes it necessary for the scholar to achieve a high-level historical familiarity with a broad range of Western religious phenomena.

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London: Equinox Publishing ltd , 2010. Vol. 1, no 1, 95-115 p.
Keyword [en]
Esotericism, occultism, traditionalism, heathenism, paganism, the Left-Hand Path
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History of Religions Religious Studies
Research subject
History of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-43122OAI: diva2:353913
Available from: 2010-09-29 Created: 2010-09-29 Last updated: 2010-10-01Bibliographically approved

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