Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia


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Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia. Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia is a book from Varg Vikernes, one of the most controversial musicians of all time and the mastermind behind one of the most acclaimed Black Metal bands in the world Burzum.

Convicted in 1994 of the murder of band-mate Euronymous, Vikernes has since spent 15yrs studying the traditions and beliefs of the Ancient Scandinavians and their influence on modern Europeans. That research has culminated in a book in which the outspoken and often divisive author challenges many of the widely held views of contemporary culture and its history.

Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia

The passionate and in-depth text provides an absorbing insight into the thoughts of this most notorious of musicians. Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia makes fascinating reading and will be of interest not only to Black Metal and Burzum fans, but also to those with an interest in Norse mythology or European history and social commentators.

Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia

Varg Vikernes short bio:

Louis Cachet (born Kristian Vikernes 11 February 1973), more popularly known as Varg Vikernes, is a Norwegian musician and writer. In 1991, he founded the one-man music project Burzum, which is considered one of the most influential black metal acts. Three years later, he was convicted of murder and arson, and subsequently served over 14 years in prison.

A native of Bergen, Vikernes spent part of his childhood in Iraq. Interested in music from a young age, he began playing guitar at the age of 14 and became part of the early Norwegian black metal scene in 1991 when he founded Burzum. In 1992, he was allegedly involved in burning down at least three Christian churches in Norway, along with other members of the scene. By early 1993, he had recorded four albums as Burzum and another with fellow black metal band Mayhem.

In August 1993, he was arrested and charged with the murder of Mayhem guitarist Øystein “Euronymous” Aarseth. In May 1994, he was found guilty of murder and the earlier church arsons, and sentenced to 21 years in prison. He maintains that he killed in self-defense and denies responsibility for the church arsons, though he supported them. During his time in prison, Vikernes became affiliated with the Norwegian Heathen Front, had several writings on Germanic paganism published and recorded and released two ambient albums as Burzum. Having served over 14 years of his sentence, Vikernes was released on parole in early 2009. He changed his legal name to “Louis Cachet” to avoid difficulties with the public in Norway. He still goes by “Varg Vikernes” in daily life.

After his release from prison, Vikernes settled with his wife and children in France, where he continued releasing music and writing. He began his blog and YouTube channel, entitled Thulean Perspective, in 2013. Through his self-published writings and videos he promotes an ideology which he calls “Ôðalism”, based on a Blood and Soil-derived form of nationalism and the re-adoption of native European values and belief systems, such as elements of traditional paganism. He also advocates environmentalism and survivalism.

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Weight 300 g