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This article is about the white separatist movement. For the Germanic mysticist concept of Guido von List, see Wotanism (Guido von List). For the worship of Wotan, see Wotan (disambiguation).
David Lane, Ron McVan, Katja Lane
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Wotanism is a form of neo-völkisch paganism which was founded in the early 1990s by Ron McVan, Katja Lane and David Lane (1938–2007) while Lane was serving a 190-year prison sentence for his actions in connection with the white supremacist revolutionary terrorist organization group The Order, of which he was a member. Lane's 14 Word Press in St. Maries, Idaho, was merged with McVan's Temple of Wotan from whence sprung the modern practice of Wotanism whose adherents are called Wotansvolk.

History and articles of faith[edit]

Wotansvolk see their religion as being rooted in ancestral European paganism which was driven underground, calling it the true spiritual heritage of the "Euro-Tribes".[1] Influenced by the essay titled Wotan by Carl Jung, the term Wotanism in modern times emphasizes white nationalism, white separatism and an ethnocentric, pan-European interpretation of modern Paganism. W.O.T.A.N. is used as an acronym for Will Of The Aryan Nation, by most Wotanists.[2]

Unlike many Germanic neopagans within Heathenry, most Wotanists don't just revere the Nordic pantheon of Asatru but rather all the deities of European mythology, reject dualism, are initiates in the Hermetic wisdom school and see David Lane as a prophet[citation needed] "who was incarnated into this world to warn and save the White Aryan Race from near extinction"[3] and view his sets of Fourteen Words as divine law.[citation needed] They see the 88 Precepts as scripture and see the Gods primarily in Jungian archetypal terms though Lane said one could be deist, pantheist or even atheistic and still be Wotansvolk.[4][5] Some Wotanists consider the Havamal to be their holiest text while rites of practice and well as philosophy are outlined and expounded upon in Creed of Iron: Wotansvolk Wisdom, Temple of Wotan: Holy Book of the Aryan Tribes and Deceived, Damned and Defiant: The Revolutionary Writings of David Lane.

One major thing that sets Wotansvolk apart from Heathenry is their belief in the Pyramid Prophecy[6] of David Lane and the belief in a Bible code within the King James Version of the Christian Bible which they claim declares Judeo-Christianity and America to be the first and second heads of The Beast (Revelation)[7] bent on white genocide[8] and David Lane "the Man of prophecy"[9] and adhere to a declaration called Moral Authority which bitterly attacks the United States, calling the country a “Red, White and Blue traveling mass murder machine” intent on exterminating the white race claiming “true moral authority belongs to those who resist genocide.”[10]

By 2001 prison groups all over the US were linked with Wotansvolk. Research by Mattias Gardell indicated "a pagan revival among the white prison population, including the conversion of whole prison gangs to the ancestral religion....Partly due to the reputation of David Lane and its association with the legendary Brüders Schweigen, Wotansvolk name-recognition is high among the Aryan prison population".[11][12] Wotansvolk is one of many groups active in prisoner outreach, but in 2001 "Wotansvolk seem[ed] more successful in its outreach efforts than other Asatrú/Odinist programs".[11] Historian Mark Pitcavage, talking about the role of race-based gangs and other extremists in America's prisons, concluded that "non-racist versions of Asatrú and Odinism are pretty much acceptable religions in the prisons".[13] Wotanism has been described as the "most violent strain" of Odinism in prisons, and its materials have been prohibited in some prisons as a result.[14]

Whereas Lane often used 'Odinist' and 'Wotanist' as synonymous in his writings,[15] most if not all universalist Asatruars and some non-folkish Odinists have rejected what they perceive as an attempt to appropriate the revival of the ancient native faith of northern Europe for political and racial ends,[16] whereas some folkish Odinists, such as Irminfolk Odinist Community, a tax-exempt religious organization "duly incorporated under the laws of New York State"[17] uses Wotanist imagery. Lane stated that he had chosen the name "Wotanism" in conscious contrast to anti-racist heathens and those motivated by "universalist" ideology who Lane deemed to be advancing white genocide:[18]

Those whom we shall call "Universalists", who control the affairs of the world, are determined to mix and destroy the uniqueness, integrity and beauty of all different races, nations and cultures for their "New World Order", or as seen in the so called Great Seal of the United States, their Novus ordo seclorum.[19]

See also[edit]




Gardell, Mattias (2004). "White Racist Religions in the United States: From Christian Identity to Wolf Age Pagans". In Lewis, James R.; Petersen, Jesper Aagaard. Controversial New Religions. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 387–422. doi:10.1093/019515682X.003.0018. ISBN 978-0-19-515682-9. 
Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas (2003). Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 978-0-8147-3155-0. 
Kaplan, Jeffrey (1997). Radical Religion in America: Millenarian Movements from the Far Right to the Children of Noah. Syracuse: Syracuse Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-0396-2. 

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