By Kathryn Rountree
Pagan and local religion pursuits have sprung up throughout Europe in fresh many years, but little has been released approximately them in comparison with British and American Pagans. although all such activities valorize human relationships with nature and embody polytheistic cosmologies, practitioners' ideals, practices, pursuits and agendas are varied. usually facet by means of sideare teams attempting to reconstruct old religions encouraged through ethnonationalism - particularly in post-Soviet societies - and others attracted by means of imported traditions, akin to Wicca, Druidry, Goddess Spirituality and center Shamanism. Drawing on ethnographic circumstances, individuals discover the interaction of neo-nationalistic and neo-colonialist impulses in modern Paganism, displaying how those impulses play out, intersect, collide and rework.
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Indicative in this regard, Sjamanistisk Forbund was initiated by the Norwegian neo-shaman Kyrre Gram Franck, also known as White Cougar, in response to a vision from his ancestors (Fonneland 2015). White Cougar initially termed the movement the ‘Norwegian Shaman Association’, but upon a request from a Sami neo-shaman, Ronald Kvernmo, and after consultation with the spirits, he dropped ‘Norwegian’ to avoid provoking Sami participants. The main goal of the organization, initially presented in White Cougar’s vision and included in its mission statement, is to further northern shamanic traditions and to reconstruct the primordial roots of Nordic shamanism – preferably five to ten thousand years back in time (Fonneland 2015).
Move on in life. . there is nothing new under the Sun. Wake up to the Old Time, revisited now. (Riddu Riddu programme, my translation, 27 July 2008) Adding to this, celebrity shamans were given leading roles as actors; the chief shaman was played by Mikkel Gaup, who is today the 38 ◆ Siv Ellen Kraft best-known Sami actor in Norway, and whose interest in Sami neo- shamanism and healing is well known. Regional newspapers also noted that the director of Matki had attended courses by Ailo Gaup, who was one of the leading actors.
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Contemporary Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Europe: Colonialist and Nationalist Impulses by Kathryn Rountree