Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Radical Paganism in Brittany (Christophe Bickerton)

Guest post from Christophe Bickerton

For the truly bizarre, little beats a recent spate of attacks on sixteenth century chapels in Brittany (Finistere). For detailed accounts, read here, here and here. Before the four individuals were arrested, there was speculation that the attacks were the work of Satanists. Previous attacks on churches in the Morbihan (Southern Brittany) had been the work of Satanists. In fact, this time around, the four young people arrested had been acting in the name of the TABM: True Armorik Black Metal. They believed Christianity - in an early version of what today we might call 'cultural imperialism' - had unjustly imposed itself upon sites of significance for pagans and druids. Brittany is known for its pagan history, and for the attachment many of its population has with the past. This time round, there is probably an intriguing story to tell about bored Breton teenagers inventively combining the gothic nihilism of Marilyn Manson with the archaic anti-modernism of a region that has never fully accepted its absorption into the French Republic. John Stuart Mill once wrote something about how Bretons and Basques should stop sulking on their rocks and embrace the French nation. Sounds like a few still need convincing.

-- CB

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

^^ nice blog!! ^@^

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