Being Viking - Heathenism in Contemporary America - Jefferson F. Calico

Being Viking - Heathenism in Contemporary America - Jefferson F. Calico

Animal Sacrifice and the Blót

Being Viking - Heathenism in Contemporary America - Jefferson F. Calico

Jefferson F. Calico [+-]
Eastern Kentucky University
Jefferson F. Calico is an instructor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Eastern Kentucky University where he teaches a variety of courses in Religious Studies. He currently serves as co-chair of the Religion and Ecology consultation for the Southeastern Commission on the Study of Religion. His research focuses on alternative religions in America.

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One of the core ritual practices of Heathenry is the blót, which venerates divine beings through sacrifice. The chapter primarily focuses on the growing practice of live blót in America, the sacrifice of animals to the gods. I look at sacrifice as an ethical and social critique of the modern food industry. I suggest that the practice has the potential to give rise to urban/rural networks in Heathenry that might sustain a more ethical and ecological approach to eating and community.

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Calico, Jefferson. Animal Sacrifice and the Blót. Being Viking - Heathenism in Contemporary America. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 307-333 Oct 2018. ISBN 9781781792230. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25654. Date accessed: 24 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25654. Oct 2018

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