Polemos II: Pagan Perspectives is the much-anticipated sequel to Polemos: The Dawn of Pagan Traditionalism.
In this wide-ranging study and compelling manifesto, Askr Svarte endeavors to rediscover and reinvigorate pagan philosophy and spirituality amidst the uneasy realities of the (Post-)Modern world. From exploring ancient myths and rituals to confronting contemporary socio-cultural dilemmas, few stones are left unturned in this panorama of the pagan worldview for the twenty-first century. Titled after the ancient Greeks’ divine representation of war, whom the philosopher Heraclitus deemed “the father and king of all”, Polemos maps paganism’s positions and possibilities on the multi-dimensional battlefield of ideas between paradigms, polemics and trends.
In Polemos II: Pagan Perspectives, Askr Svarte invites the reader to delve deeper into the most complex and controversial questions facing the past, present, and future of paganism. The histories and nuances of the monotheistic religions, theories of sexuality and gender, the temptation of pagan politics, the fateful choice between the Right-Hand Path and Left-Hand Path – these and other arenas are radically addressed head-on through the perspective of Pagan Traditionalism. Polemos II: Pagan Perspectives completes the English translation of Askr Svarte’s groundbreaking two-volume work, Polemos: Pagan Traditionalism, originally published in Russian in 2016.