By Hans-Peter Hasenfratz
• Explores the various sorts of magic practiced via those tribes, together with runic magic, necromancy (death magic), soul-travel, and shape-shifting
• Examines their rites of passage and initiation rituals and their most crucial gods, similar to Odin, Loki, and Thor
• appears to be like at barbarian magic in old debts, church and meeting files, and mythology in addition to an eyewitness record from a 10th-century Muslim diplomat
• unearths the use and abuse of this tradition’s myths and magic through the Nazis
Before the conversion of Europe to Christianity within the heart a while, Germanic tribes roamed the continent, plundering villages and waging battles to hunt the want of Odin, their god of conflict, ecstasy, and magic. Centuries later, predatory Viking raiders from Scandinavia carried on related traditions. those wild “barbarians” had a process of social periods and familial clans with complicated religious customs, from rites of passage for delivery, dying, and maturity to black magic practices and shamanic ecstatic states, resembling the notorious “berserker’s rage.”
Chronicling the unique pagan culture of loose and wild Europe--and the use and abuse of its myths and magic via the Nazis--Hans-Peter Hasenfratz deals a concise heritage of the Germanic tribes of Europe and their non secular, magical, and occult ideals. historic money owed, church and meeting files, mythology, and folktales from Germany, Russia, Scandinavia, and Iceland in addition to an eyewitness file of Viking customs and rituals from a 10th-century Muslim diplomat, Hasenfratz explores the various kinds of magic--including charms, runic magic, necromancy, love magic, soul-travel, and shamanic shape-shifting--practiced by way of the Teutonic tribes and examines their interactions with and eventual model to Christianity. delivering in-depth info on their social classification and extended family constitution, rites of passage, and their most vital gods and goddesses, akin to Odin, Loki, Thor, and Freyja, Hasenfratz finds the way it is simply via knowing our magical barbarian roots that we will see the remnants in their language, tradition, and dynamic spirit that experience carried via to fashionable times.
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Barbarian Rites: The Spiritual World of the Vikings and the Germanic Tribes by Hans-Peter Hasenfratz