Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies, Vol 9, No 1 (2007)

Ancestral Wisdom and Ethnic Nationalism: A View from Eastern Europe

Victor Shnirelman
Issued Date: 17 Jun 2007


The ideology of contemporary Russian Paganism is analysed as a version of nationalism, 'nation' being understood as a primordial ethnic community. The author reveals a mixture of Soviet ideology with fragments of folk beliefs in the contemporary Pagan outlook, which serves as a sort of patriotism after the empire has collapsed and given way to a globalization that challenges national states and ethnic communities. Hence the Russian Pagans' main goals are to form a 'stable ethnic community' and to promote ethnic Russian values.

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DOI: 10.1558/pome.v9i1.41


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