Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Definition of "Folk Religion"

From no less authoritative a source than the Pew Research Center, from their recent report on The Changing Global Religious Landscape:
Folk religions are closely tied to a particular people, ethnicity or tribe. In some cases, elements of other world religions are blended with local beliefs and customs. These faiths often have no formal creeds or sacred texts. Examples of folk religions include African traditional religions, Chinese folk religions, Native American religions and Australian aboriginal religions. (source)
That's Asatru, right there; "...closely tied to a particular people, ethnicity or tribe." It can't be clearer. Now can we stop all this nonsensical infighting and get back to rediscovering this wonderful folk-way our ancestors bequeathed us?

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