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Druidism and Neo‐Paganism

Aleks Pluskowski

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199232444
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199232444.013.0065

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Druidism and Neo‐Paganism

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Neo-paganism, a phenomenon which started in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century, proliferated in Western Europe and North America during the second half of the twentieth century. Today, it is represented by a diversity of religions seeking to recreate and revive extinct European pre-Christian polytheistic religions, largely based on celebrating the seasonal cycles of Nature. Alternative, neo-pagan interpretations of archaeological sites continue to be rejected by the majority of academic archaeologists and historians. Within the bewildering diversity of neo-pagan groups the most frequently associated with prehistoric landscapes and monuments are the druids. This article discusses druidism and Stonehenge, neo-pagan landscapes, and Asatru and Christianity in Scandinavia.

Keywords: druids; neo-pagans; religion; Asatru; Christianity; Scandinavia

Article.  4914 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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