His Psychology and Religion lecture emptied both barrels against mass movements and his statements about Wotan being reborn in the aftermath of the Great War suddenly make a lot more sense if you replace Wotan with "National Socialism":. Everybody was astonished at the pagan tendencies of modern Germany… thousands and millions of Germans yet unborn in whose unconscious the Teutonic cousin of Dionysus — Wotan — came to birth during the Great War.
In the dreams of the Germans whom I treated then I could clearly see the Wotanistic revolution coming on. The "Wotanistic revolution" is now a foreboding thing indeed, and he's seen its like before - in the slaughter of the Great War. In , Jung's books were banned in Nazi Germany and burnt in France. The good news is that even if we accept that Jung was talking figuratively of sacrifice to Wotan or conjuring up a convenient fiction as a rhetorical device - he wasn't a historian or documentarian, after all , there remains the possibility that such a thing did actually take place.
There was certainly a renewed interest in Norse mythology in the run up to World War I. Hitler - as if you hadn't seen more than enough of him in this post - returns to place Wotan firmly in the trenches and in he put pen to paper and wrote a poem praising the Norse god:.
I know it's perhaps not as conclusive as you hoped, but to wrap up: Jung may not have been describing a real event or the literal worship of Wotan, but worship of Wotan was present. It's a coincidence in the sense that it may not have been what Jung had in mind, but not a coincidence in the slightest in that it was born out of the same ideological and cultural root. Cake Day. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. Did this really happen? Yes, no, possibly. This account, by English writer John Wheeler-Benjamin, entitled The Wooden Titan is clearly written under the shadow of renewed German militarism: These statues […] were huge, crude and rugged, and recalled the primitive sculptures of an earlier civilisation.
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By way of a quick round-up of Jung's lukewarm attitude to National Socialism through the archetype of Wotan, Michael Gellert writes in The Eruption of the Shadow in Nazi Germany that: Jung also recognized the positive aspect of this god, for he appeared to reanimate the depressed spirit of Germans. His Psychology and Religion lecture emptied both barrels against mass movements and his statements about Wotan being reborn in the aftermath of the Great War suddenly make a lot more sense if you replace Wotan with "National Socialism": Everybody was astonished at the pagan tendencies of modern Germany… thousands and millions of Germans yet unborn in whose unconscious the Teutonic cousin of Dionysus — Wotan — came to birth during the Great War.
More posts from the AskHistorians community. Aug 28, Cake Day. He identifies the principles used in the creation and how the heathen germans organized their life after these principles. In the second chapter, called Werdandi, he shows how heathen life developed with these principles and how the growth of the 'way of life' of heathens went.
His studies encompass the rights Rita means what is 'right' and laws to customs, to the Gods and their behavior. The ancient system of the Thing is explained and it comes back to life with his words. One finds the ideas of our far ancestors are still alive in modern times.
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Many aspects he shows, originating from our ancestors, are still in use today, albeit not with the right understanding. He showed how our understanding of ownership of land changed over the millennia, with examples from Gothic conquerors of Rome and their way to distribute the land, to old saxon laws, to the change which the roman law brought in this aspect and how it lead to land speculation, mortgages etc.
Similar tracks are followed with criminal justice. In the beginning the judges which he called Armanen were only pointing the life of the criminal to be in line with divine law. Later on simple punishments were used until in the end we developed the modern way of justice. Also marriage laws are looked upon how they changed through the millennia, how they deteriorated until in modern times it came back to a more humane level. He also follows the ways of how ancient Germanic people governed themselves and organized themselves to the deterioration into Lordship and official bureaucratic government to a plain tyranny and the modern remedies to that.
The freemasonry and the wisdom they preserved plays always a role in his books and so also in this. Many place names in Germanic lands are in reference to the sagas, the Edda and other traditions.
He shows why it is this way and why it is that there are complete sets of names in certain areas which are then also found in other areas. In the chapter Schuld he shows through what our current system has to go through to come to a new beginning where the laws, customs, governing etc is again in line with divine law.
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Added to his book are a couple of chapters by his close followers, adding and deepening some subjects Guido von List touches. One is about the German Vehme. During the Christianization period the German law system clashed with the roman laws. Through the Catholic church roman law was promoted which was foreign to the understanding of Germans. The growing power of the Church eroded German law by giving indulgence letters to any criminal who could pay and then let them continue with their crimes. That led finally to anarchy in Germany.
The old heathen judges formed an organization the Vehme which then spoke justice and was able to enforce their sentences. The justice was harsh but created a stable law in Germany. Over the centuries the struggle against the roman law continued. The laws in Germany are today a mix of both, german and roman law, thanks to the effort of this organization. It lasted until the early 's, when the last Free Judge died and took all secrets with him into the grave. The mixture between Celtic and Germanic life, religion and culture is made alive again. This book is one of the most important for people who are interested in heathenism and a must read.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Although this book has less than desirable translating and editing, the fact that Werner Rocker took upon himself such an attempt is to be commended. It is a beginning and a true service. I agree more with Lewis than Omeara. I don't read German, but I read English. This book is no worse than a lot of others I've read.
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