‘The Atlantic Religion’ is a blog dealing with the history, culture and philosophies of indigenous paganism in Europe’s Atlantic, Mediterranean and Eurasian provinces. The cultural identifier of ‘Celtic’ has modern as well as ancient ethno-linguistic connotations which place unnecessary limitations upon the history and geographic extent of a philosophical/belief-system which once was once common across the entirety of historic and pre-historic northern Europe.
This common ideological system I shall be discussing actually has roots extending back way before the arrival of so-called Iron Age ‘Celtic’ cultures in western Europe – instead it probably emerges during the European Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeological periods when evidence of widespread organised religion begins to appear. The use of ‘Atlantic’ consciously separates the subject from the ‘oriental’ influences upon Europe’s ancient eastern Mediterranean religions.
I have tried to apply the academic disciplines of history, archaeology, palaeontology, literature, anthropology, philology and linguistics in order to construct a rational, heartfelt and wide-reaching assessment of source materials so as to attempt to recover this ancient supra-regional spiritual system – the prisca theologia of European paganism.
It is therefore nothing to do with ‘neo-pagan’ religions such as ‘Wicca’, ‘Druidry’, ‘Witchcraft’, ‘Asatru’, ‘Heathenism’, ‘New Age’, ‘Eclecticism’, ‘Polytheism’ etc, although it may be of interest to anyone with a background in these philosophies. This is definitely about paleo-paganism! It is my opinion that many modern pagan religions are simply politicised ‘thought-systems’ introduced by dubious internationalist philosophies largely opposed to traditional European cultures.
Furthermore, this website and its author has no relationship whatsoever with, and is wilfully resistant to extremist, revisionist or internationalist left or right-wing ideologies. It’s politics are its own: the politics of how environment and nature shape tribal spiritual identity.
The work is an on-going project, and individual entries/posts/essays are periodically updated and refined. The more I write, the more I increase the scope of what I am examining…
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