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The Mythic Masculine

72 EpisodesProduced by Ian MacKenzieWebsite

Explorations on mythology, culture and the emerging masculinities. Hosted by visionary filmmaker Ian MacKenzie.


#33 | The Return of Ragnarok & Our Apocalypse Now - Rune Hjarnø (Nordic Animism)

My guest today is Rune Hjarnø, a doctor of History of Religions, educated from the Universities of Uppsala and Copenhagen.

He has lived and worked in a number of countries - with a particular focus on Afro-Atlantic and Nordic religions.  He is the creator of Nordic Animism, a popular Youtube channel that explores the themes of Nordic religion, culture, and history in short accessible videos. As well, he is the orginator of the Rune Animist Calendar that introduces seasonal animism from Northern Europe.

In our conversation today, we look at the function of mythology as the capacity to create relationship. We explore the challenges of modern culture, where the absence of functional mythology gives rise to conspiracy theories, and we learn how the pantheon of Nordic gods can provide expressions of transgressive masculinity.

Finally, we explore the myth of Ragnorak and what guidance it might offer us in these apocalyptic times.

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