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The Power of the Black Sun: (Oc)cultural perspectives on Nazi/SS esotericism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2012 (English)In: ContERN Cyberproceedings: Papers from the 1st International Conference on Contemporary Esotericism / [ed] Egil Asprem, 2012Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses some of the different meanings appointed to the spiritual centre of Heinrich Himmler’s SS in Wewelsburg, including the Black Sun symbol, a floor mosaic in the North Tower of the castle. Wewelsburg castle and more recently the Black Sun have during the last decades become established as a token of Nazi esotericism – or occultism, the term I will use here – both in popular culture and in parts of the western esoteric underground as well as in more or less pro-Nazi circles.

The aim of this paper is twofold, both related to the uses of history. The first concerns the basic assumptions about Nazi occultism as a phenomenon in itself. -What are the discursive relations between official memory culture and popular culture regarding Nazi occultism? The second is to look at the Temple of Set, more specifically its Order of the Trapezoid, as an example of how an esoteric group relates to Nazi occultism and puts this, as it is being conceived by leading members of the Order, into magical use. -From where do practicing occultists working with elements from National Socialism get the theoretical basis for what might be called their magical ideology?

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Occulture, public history, esotericism, uses of history
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82584OAI: diva2:570532
1st International Conference on Contemporary Esotericism, August 27-29, 2012, Stockholm University
Available from: 2012-11-19 Created: 2012-11-19

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