The symbol of roots plays an important role in the new religious movement Heathenry, whose main defining points are the veneration of Germanic deities and a focus on Old Norse literature. In this blog post, I want to show how the narrative of „reconstructing“ pre-Christian religions is combined with the idea of „roots“ and how this ties into nationalism and claims of „indigenousness.“
The Danish West Indies was a Danish colony in the Caribbean. On the three main islands several newspapers were printed during Danish rule. These papers have not yet been extensively analysed. That’s why this blog post aims to give an introduction into the source material and show how productive the source can be for postcolonial studies.