Specializing in Religion
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Heathens of the Hollow (In Progress)

Heathenry – also commonly known as Germanic neopaganism or Asatru – emerged in the United States and elsewhere in the last several decades of the 20th century. It centers on what adherents understand to be the polytheistic religious beliefs and cultural practices of pre-Christian northern Europe, as described in ancient literature like the Icelandic Sagas and Eddas.

This essay focuses on the emergence of heathenry in Appalachia, a region often associated with Christianity. 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.

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