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Hitler's MonstersA Supernatural History of the Third Reich$
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Eric Kurlander

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300189452

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300189452.001.0001

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Lucifer’s Court

Lucifer’s Court

Ario-Germanic Paganism, Indo-Aryan Spirituality, and the Nazi Search for Alternative Religions

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Hitler's Monsters
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Eric Kurlander

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300189452.003.0006

This chapter explores the Nazis' interest in Germanic paganism, witchcraft, Luciferianism, and Eastern spirituality in their attempt to find a suitable Ario-Germanic alternative to Christianity. The Third Reich embraced a range of pagan, esoteric, and Indo-Aryan religious doctrines that buttressed its racial, political, and ideological goals. That is why Nazism posed a different threat to Christianity than secular liberalism or atheist Marxism. Nazi religiosity was a ‘fluid and incoherent thing which expresses itself in several different forms’. Part of a shared supernatural imaginary, these various religious strains were to some extent embraced and exploited by the Third Reich in the process of building spiritual consensus across a diverse Nazi Party and an even more eclectic German population.

Keywords:   Germanic paganism, witchcraft, Luciferianism, Eastern spirituality, Christianity, Indo-Aryan religious doctrines, Nazism, Nazi religiosity, Nazi Party

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