International Journal for the Study of New Religions, Vol 1, No 1 (2010)

The Rune-Gild: Heathenism, Traditionalism, and the Left-Hand Path

Kennet Granholm
Issued Date: 29 Jul 2010


The focus of this article is the Rune-Gild, a rune magical group founded in Texas, USA, in 1980, and which has variously been described as a Heathen, a Traditionalist, and a Left-Hand Path organization. The influence of these three esoteric currents on the Gild is examined, as is the issue of how they intermix to fit a common frame of reference. The article argues that describing a complex movement such as the Rune-Gild in a singular fashion, by referencing to only one of these currents, involves the risk of providing a one-sided and ultimately inaccurate depiction. Instead, a description involving a thorough examination of all major influences is required, and this in turn makes it necessary for the scholar to achieve a high-level historical familiarity with a broad range of Western religious phenomena.

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DOI: 10.1558/ijsnr.v1i1.95

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