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By Michael Moynihan

Become aware of the untamed paganism of the Vikings and the Germanic tribes ahead of the total Christianization of Europe

• Explores the various types of magic practiced by means 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

• seems at barbarian magic in historic money owed, church and meeting documents, and mythology in addition to an eyewitness document from a 10th-century Muslim diplomat

• unearths the use and abuse of this tradition’s myths and magic by means of the Nazis

Before the conversion of Europe to Christianity within the center a long time, Germanic tribes roamed the continent, plundering villages and waging battles to hunt the desire of Odin, their god of battle, ecstasy, and magic. Centuries later, predatory Viking raiders from Scandinavia carried on comparable traditions. those wild “barbarians” had a method of social periods and familial clans with advanced religious customs, from rites of passage for beginning, demise, and maturity to black magic practices and shamanic ecstatic states, akin 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 by way of the Nazis--Hans-Peter Hasenfratz deals a concise historical past of the Germanic tribes of Europe and their religious, magical, and occult ideals. taking a look at old debts, church and meeting files, mythology, and folktales from Germany, Russia, Scandinavia, and Iceland in addition to an eyewitness record of Viking customs and rituals from a 10th-century Muslim diplomat, Hasenfratz explores the several kinds 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 variation to Christianity. offering in-depth details on their social classification and extended family constitution, rites of passage, and their most crucial gods and goddesses, equivalent to Odin, Loki, Thor, and Freyja, Hasenfratz finds the way it is just via realizing our magical barbarian roots that we will be able to see the remnants in their language, tradition, and dynamic spirit that experience carried via to fashionable times. 

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