Special Issue "Modern Paganisms and Indigenous Religions: Intersections and Differences"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2019).
Interests: Anthropology of Ritual and Religion, specialising in contemporary Paganisms; Representation and contestation of heritage; Intersection of archaeology and sociocultural anthropology; Anthropology of gender, feminism; Ethnographic research methods
Articles addressing the intersection of modern Pagan religions and indigenous religions are invited for a special issue of the journal Religions, guest-edited by Professor Kathryn Rountree.
Contemporary Pagan religions and spiritual paths all, at least to some degree, make connections with much older “pagan” religions, invoking ancient deities and other spirit beings, cultural traditions, beliefs and values, worldviews, ritual practices, ceremonies and festivals, folklore and sacred places. Such connections provide the material and immaterial resources which inspire the imagining and construction of contemporary Pagan paths. The antiquity of such cultural resources, alongside their perceived desirability, helps lend authenticity, legitimacy, and a sense of realness to modern Paganisms. Sometimes it is the combination of antiquity and a connection to a specific local, ethnic or indigenous heritage which helps furnish modern Paganisms’ claims to authenticity. The best known examples are Asatru and central and eastern European Paganisms and Native Faiths. Of course, modern Pagans are not the only people making connections to ancient, indigenous religious heritages. Members of indigenous groups – Native American, Māori, Sami, Aboriginal, for example – who are intent on perpetuating, reviving or reinvigorating their cultures, are also embracing their religious heritages (and are unlikely to self-identify as “Pagan”).
This special issue of Religions focuses on the intersection of modern Paganisms and indigenous religions in the contemporary globalized, hyper-connected world. How might we define the parameters of this intersection? What are the political implications of Pagan groups making claims to be “indigenous religions”? What tropes are they drawing on and benefitting from? How may the contemporary valorising of indigeneity generally, and indigenous religions specifically, provide a kind of religious capital to modern Paganisms? Do antiquity and indigeneity provide authenticity if they do not pertain to one’s own ancestral heritage? How does the intersection of modern Paganisms and indigenous religions relate to the (now, perhaps) hoary old debates about cultural appropriation? In modern, intensely mobile, culturally diverse societies, how important are local geographies and personal ethnic heritages in Pagans’ claims regarding the indigeneity of their religious path? What do modern Pagans and followers of indigenous religions share/not share?
Prof. Dr. Kathryn Rountree
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