Contemporary Paganism and Politics: The Relation of Political and Religious Views among Czech Pagans



Year of publication 2015
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Both political and religious affiliation reflect one's worldview. However, the relation of religion and politics is a complex and highly debated issue. This paper focuses on a connection between religiosity and politics in a framework of one specific expression of modern spirituality – Contemporary Paganism. That is an umbrella term (also Modern Paganism, Neopaganism, or simply Paganism) for a diversified group of movements whose main unifying characteristic is that they are to a lesser or greater extent based on or inspired by prehistoric or ancient religious faiths and beliefs. Paganism is highly diversified: some groups have emerged from naturalizing and romanticizing tendencies and emphasize the sacredness of nature, worship and respect for all of its creatures; while some groups have emerged from nationalistic tendencies and focus on worshipping the Gods and ancestors. The paper explores the correlation between the religiosity and political orientation of modern Pagans; what is the attitude of Pagans toward politics? Are the political views of Pagans as diversified as their religiosity, or are there any unifying elements?
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