Neo-Paganism and Neo-Pagan Rituals in Contemporary Sweden
2007 (English)In: The ritual year and ritual diversity: proceedings of the second International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year, Institutet för språk och folkminnen , 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper deals with neo-Paganism in Sweden today and how WicCivil and criminal law suits and verdicts show in details how people learn rhetorical or behavioural practices and their socially desired interpretations, how they develop certain relatively stable convictions about other people and why. cas, Druids and Ásatrúers, the believers in the Old Norse gods, celebrate annual rites. Neo-Paganism has existed in Sweden since the late 1970s (Ásatrú) and early 1980s (Wicca). The believers celebrate the turning points in the natural year. Wiccas celebrate between four and eight festivals. A few Wicca covens even celebrate every full moon. The rituals can be seen as a mixture between old and new beliefs. The Ásatrúers, for example, seek inspiration from ancient festivals and adapt these in accordance with modern occultism, popular beliefs and the spiritual needs of the worshippers. There is always room for improvisation in the rituals and they are characterized by a playful attitude.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutet för språk och folkminnen , 2007.
Sweden, Neo-Paganism, Druids, Asatruers, Wicca, occultism, spirituality
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-125359ISBN: 978-91-7229-039-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-125359DiVA: diva2:639718
The ritual year and ritual diversity, Second International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year; Gothenburg,Sweden, June 7-11, 2006
QC 201309232013-08-092013-08-092013-09-23Bibliographically approved