27.01.2022 – 13:37
MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
Many people experience paganism as closer to nature, more mysterious and more sensual than classical religions. Nevertheless, it is often associated with the right-wing scene. The extent to which such prejudices apply is shown in the new documentary “Shamans, witches, new heathens” – now in the ARD Mediathek and on February 1, at 11:30 p.m. in the first.
In search of meaning and orientation, a growing number of people are interested in the religions of ancient cultures, pagan myths and rites. They see neo-paganism as an alternative to the modern, consumer-oriented way of life. A religion that they feel to be closer to nature, more mysterious and more sensual than what is offered by the classical churches.
This is how Gudrun Pannier, alias Sinmara, found paganism. After completing her theological studies, she no longer felt at home in the Christian church. Today she practices various pagan currents and lives as a druid.
Voenix, whose real name is Thomas Vömel, is a shaman and not unknown in the neo-pagan scene. At events throughout Germany, in his books and on his YouTube channel, he provides information about topics and people from the pagan scene.
Luna is 18 years old and has just been accepted as the youngest member of one of the largest pagan groups in Germany. At “Eldaring” she appreciates the openness and diversity of the group. For Luna, the rainbow flag is just as much a part of pagan rituals as mead horn and god figures.
The film not only lets heathens and heathens talk about their faith, experts also have their say: The literary scholar Stefanie von Schnurbein has critically examined the scene for many years and researched the connections between heathen groups and the right-wing scene. Rudolf Simek, expert in mythology and Scandinavian studies, deals with the religion of the Germans and the traditions to which the neo-pagans refer.
“Shamans, witches, new pagans” provides insights into the dazzling world of paganism and describes what fascinates people today about the old gods. The documentation was created in cooperation with Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb).
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