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By Hans-Peter Hasenfratz

notice the untamed paganism of the Vikings and the Germanic tribes sooner than the whole Christianization of Europe

• Explores different different types of magic practiced by way of 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 vital gods, reminiscent of Odin, Loki, and Thor

• appears at barbarian magic in old debts, church and meeting files, and mythology in addition to an eyewitness document from a 10th-century Muslim diplomat

• finds the use and abuse of this tradition’s myths and magic through the Nazis

Before the conversion of Europe to Christianity within the center a while, Germanic tribes roamed the continent, plundering villages and waging battles to hunt the prefer of Odin, their god of warfare, ecstasy, and magic. Centuries later, predatory Viking raiders from Scandinavia carried on related traditions. those wild “barbarians” had a approach of social sessions and familial clans with advanced religious customs, from rites of passage for start, demise, and maturity to black magic practices and shamanic ecstatic states, comparable to the notorious “berserker’s rage.”

Chronicling the unique pagan culture of unfastened and wild Europe--and the use and abuse of its myths and magic through the Nazis--Hans-Peter Hasenfratz deals a concise background of the Germanic tribes of Europe and their non secular, magical, and occult ideals. old 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 varieties of magic--including charms, runic magic, necromancy, love magic, soul-travel, and shamanic shape-shifting--practiced via the Teutonic tribes and examines their interactions with and eventual model to Christianity. offering in-depth details on their social classification and extended family constitution, rites of passage, and their most vital gods and goddesses, equivalent to Odin, Loki, Thor, and Freyja, Hasenfratz unearths the way it is just via realizing our magical barbarian roots that we will see the remnants in their language, tradition, and dynamic spirit that experience carried via to trendy times.

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