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Book: Being Viking

Chapter: Animal Sacrifice and the Blót

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.25654


One of the core ritual practices of Heathenry is the blót, which venerates divine beings through sacrifice. The chapter primarily focuses on the growing practice of live blót in America, the sacrifice of animals to the gods. I look at sacrifice as an ethical and social critique of the modern food industry. I suggest that the practice has the potential to give rise to urban/rural networks in Heathenry that might sustain a more ethical and ecological approach to eating and community.

Chapter Contributors

  • Jefferson Calico ( - jcalico) 'Eastern Kentucky University'