Specializing in Faith & Religion
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Heathens of the Hollow (In Progress)

Germanic neopaganism, also known as heathenry, has gained popularity across the U.S. and elsewhere since it first emerged in the 1970s. Thought by adherents to be rooted in the beliefs and customs of pre-Christian Europe, heathenry honors the deities of the Old Norse pantheon and aims to reconstruct and reinterpret practices described in ancient literature, such as the Icelandic Eddas and Anglo-Saxon poetry.

Heathenry enjoys a particularly strong foothold in parts of Appalachia, a region typically portrayed as the Bible Belt. Jeremy and Emily Janey, who lead a small heathen community in the hills of southern Ohio, say that this belief system aligns closely with their values as Appalachians: honor, hospitality, self-reliance, and kinship.