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Esoteric Nazi Spiritualism Backtracked to Odin and the Rune Ar

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It would be difficult to find someone who did not know anything about the Nazis, whose reign ended with the outright slaughter of approximately six million Jews, whom they regarded as subhuman, and the worldwide death of approximately 70 to 85 million people: about three per cent of the entire world’s population.  Perhaps due to such magnitude, an enduring fascination with Nazism lingers, but few people would know that Nazi leaders viewed their movement as a spiritual one.

Woden/Odin the Norse God by Carl Emil Doepler (1824-1905) (Public Domain)

Woden/Odin the Norse God by Carl Emil Doepler (1824-1905) (Public Domain)

Every year, new books about the subject are published, new movies and documentaries are produced, and there is a neo-Nazi movement that envisions a fourth Reich.  The continued search for missing Nazi henchmen and the priceless artwork they had stolen has mysticized Nazism, as had claims that Hitler faked his own death and moved to Argentina.  Hitler’s personality, too, which many have described as divine and magnetic, has led some to suggest occult involvement.  In reality, Hitler, Himmler, and his other minions were interested in the occult, but their beliefs and the NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei) movement were based upon older spiritual and religious traditions.  Nazi leaders’ diaries reveal that they viewed their movement as a spiritual one. 

Guido von List (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Guido von List (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Its origins can be traced to three connected spiritual traditions: Theosophy, founded by Helena Blavatsky; Ariosophy, which was begun by Guido von List; and the Thule Society’s spiritual notions, which were adopted from the Novus Ordo Templi (New Templar Order) and Germanorden (The German Order), and popularized by Walter Nauhaus and Rudolf von Sebottendorff.  To truly comprehend the Nazis and the acts for which they were responsible, it is necessary to understand the spiritual principles that undermined their actions.

Helena Blavatsky's portrait by Spanish-Costa Rican painter Tomás Povedano (Public Domain)

Helena Blavatsky's portrait by Spanish-Costa Rican painter Tomás Povedano (Public Domain)

Helena Blavatsky’s Theosophy

The notion of Aryans as a superior white race came from Theosophy, which Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) founded.  Born in the Ukraine, she claimed to have occult powers which she learned from secretive mahatmas in the Himalayas, who chose her to carry on knowledge of an ancient power that human beings once possessed.  After leaving the area, she stated that she continued to communicate telepathically with such masters: a skill that all humans can learn.  However, there is no evidence to support her claims, and she adopted many of her ideas from pre-existing texts about occultism, Eastern religions, and even fictional works. 


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DR. KEN JEREMIAH has written several books about religions, mummification, and spirituality, including Living Buddhas, Christian MummificationEternal Remains. and Remnants of a Distant Past.

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By Ken Jeremiah



When I first started to download and read A O it was and is because I am interested in A O, which this site appeared to be.
Things, however have changed. O.K. that is fine for others but not for me as my interest is A O of us.

Ken's article is so far removed from A O that his article has wakened me to see that most of the articles appearing are also nothing to do with A O.

So, A O I think it is time to say goodbye, sadly, as I need to read early in the morning. O.K. I look elsewhere for something, other than politics

Starting this decade it will be time for many changes, some good but most will be frightening for most people. If you are not frightened by the killing of Qasem Soleimani then you should be especially if you are American.

Good bye

Hello Ken, I did say that i have not read the entire article. That which I wrote is my opinion and mine alone.
I do feel that so much has been written in the negative and from a distinct point of view, which sounds like it is from a propagandist quarter, as with your article. I am not saying that it is propaganda, just that it sounds like it is.
It is articles such as yours that motivates me to look closely at those that are on the receiving end of propaganda.
In other words it has, with me, the opposite effect of the intention of the article.

I tend to take a centrist point of view until I come to conclusions. I have, after many years of contemplation, come to many conclusions about the German people and the war, especially as regards who were the actual instigators and their intentions for the war.
That which we generally understand is, simply put, not the truth.

Politicians must be separated from the populous, politicians are whores to the highest bidder.

Had the German people any clue of that which is said to have happened they would be horrified and disgusted at their political warmongers.
I like to think that they would have protested in very loud voices and even demonstrated vigorously.
I repeat that the German people, then and now, were and still are just like you and me, ordinary people, with feelings for those who died in any war and disgust at our, said to be, leaders.

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Hello Guillaume, Since you have not read the full article, it is not appropriate to make accusations of malevolent intent and 'hate'.
The article is a factual account of the philosophical and religious ethos that underpinned Nazism and the history of its development.
Nazism is obviously an emotive subject-matter, but making assumptions without reading an article leads to misinterpretation and misleading conclusions.

Firstly, the name Nazi is a made up word created by those in power in order to give a hate name to a people of whom they wish to kill or dominate the survivors. I cite the name applied by the Americans to the gentle Vietnamese people when they wanted to attack Vietnam and kill the populous, Gooks or Geeks.

Most Germans where just ordinary citizens, like you and me and only heard the word Nazi, long after the end of the war.
American people are inculcated to continue the use of this hate word long, long after the war and Germany became an important and integral part of Europe.

Americans still use the word today as a derogatory term to anybody they dislike or feel hard done by. In America, Nazi has become a swear word and is employed liberally.

It seriously, is time to move on Mr America we Europeans are leaving you behind, this has been underway for some time.

Secondly, Odin had nothing but nothing to do with what Mr Jeremiah terms Nazi. Odin was a deity and not a God of the people, long before the imposition of Christianity.

What the hell has Blavatsky got to do with this?

I cannot read the remainder of this article as I am not a paying customer but I can see just from the beginning the propaganda with malevolent intent.

Should AO continue with hate articles such as this one, they lose me as a reader and they have now, with this article, lost me as a potential paying customer, which I have recently contemplated..

Please AO get somebody from my side of the fence to pre-read suspect articles that you publish.

That which I have read of this article is opinion and not very factual.

O.K. my rant for the day.

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DR. KEN JEREMIAH has written several books about religions, mummification, and spirituality, including Living Buddhas, Christian Mummification, and Eternal Remains.  Other books cover the martial arts, golf, and unusual historical phenomena, such as Remnants of a Distant Past, If the... Read More

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