Land, Property, Asatru

Authors

  • Jefferson Calico University of the Cumberlands

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/

Keywords:

Heathenry, Heathenism, Asatru, Asatru Folk Assembly, Legitimization of new religious movements

Abstract

In 2015, the Asatru Folk Assembly (AFA), the flag-carrier of folkish Heathenry around the world, purchased a property in California to 
establish its first temple, Odinshof. Since that time, it has purchased additional properties across the United States and established hofs on those properties. As a result, there has arisen some controversy and opposition to the AFA’s presence, even making international news. Critics fear the spread of hate and racism under the guise of religion, while the AFA sees property ownership as protecting its religious freedom. This raises questions about the role of property in Pagan and Heathen religion and for minority religions more broadly. Who belongs? Who gets marginalized? And to whom does religious freedom extend? In the American context, property ownership is fundamental to social belonging. By purchasing property, the AFA is making a claim to belonging and establishing itself as part of the American society.

Author Biography

  • Jefferson Calico, University of the Cumberlands

    Jefferson Calico is an associate professor of religion at the University of the Cumberlands and author of Being Viking: Heathenism in Contemporary America (2018). A revised version of this article was presented to a joint session of the Pagan Studies and Religion & Ecology sections of the American Academy of Religion in a virtual session of the 2021 Annual Meeting held in San Antonio, Texas. My thanks to the leadership of both sections for providing the opportunity to present and discuss this research.

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Published

2024-05-02

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How to Cite

Calico, J. (2024). Land, Property, Asatru. Pomegranate, 24(2), 193–215. https://doi.org/10.1558/