Re: Something that might interest some Heathens
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--- In HeathenNews@yahoogroups.com, "Christopher Blackwell" <myrddin@...> wrote:
> Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and emergent Religions,
> Vol.16, Februaray 2013, pp. 52-76
> The Construction of an Ethnic Folkway as Religio-ethnic Identity
> This article is the result of ethnographic fieldwork among American
> practitioners of Heathenry, a reconstructionist religious movement
> whose practitioners align themselves with ancient Germanic and Norse
> cosmology. In this article, I respond to previous representations of
> Heathenry as racist by exploring the intricacies and nuances of members'
> co-construction of their own ethnic folkway. I show that Heathens
> construct group boundaries by distinguishing between categories of
> folkish and universalist, while mostly living between racial exclusivity
> and complete inclusivity. In other words, Heathens self-consciously
> establish symbolically meaningful categories to distinguish between
> practitioners' understandings of who gets to be Heathen, of racial/ethnic
> exclusivity, and complete inclusivity. While some American Heathens find
> race or ancestry irrelevant, most do not and all must participate in the
> conversations that seek to define Heathenry as an indigenous tradition,
> purely a system of faith, or a complex folkway struggling to be ethnic while
> resisting racist labels.
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