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Book Review: Re-Tribalize Now!

Edred Thorsson’s latest book is not only a departure from his usual magically-focused works, but it is possibly one of his most important books to date. As the title implies, Re-Tribalize Now! (sub-titled “A step-by-step guide to cultural renewal”) focuses on the project of realigning culture along the ancient tribal model, with a focus on the pre-Christian Germanic experience, although other cultures and religions (including the Celtic, Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Islamic) are discussed as well.

The book is slim (117 pages), but dense, and nearly half of its length is taken up with appendices. The table of contents is as follows:

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Definitions
  • The History if Tribes: Historical Tribalism in Europe
  • General Tribal Theory
  • Tribal Practice
  • Re-Tribalize Now!
  • Appendix A: Questions and Answers About Re-Tribalization
  • Appendix B: Germanic Concepts of Sovereignty
  • Appendix C: Names of Some Major Germanic and Celtic Tribes and Their Meanings
  • Appendix D: On the Development of a Tribal Constitution
  • Appendix E: Development of Gender-Specific Organizations
  • Appendix F: Sources for Further Reading and Research

As can be inferred from the TOC, the emphasis is on Germanic culture and history, but others are included as well. Even the Oyotunji African Village in South Carolina (which I wrote about several years ago) gets a mention. One very valuable, but often overlooked, item is the discussion of failed attempts at retribalization over the years. An examination of such failures can be very instructive, and the book points this out to good effect.

While there is a good deal of practical advice in the book (such as how to set up a tribal constitution, etc.), its real value is in the more inspirational area, demonstrating how tribal organization was once the norm, and giving a clear path to how it could be once more. The theoretical aspects of tribes are discussed in depth (ethnic, ideological, linguistic, and material), as well as the importance of some sort of unifying founding myth.

On the whole, this is a wonderful little book, very densely packed with information (as should be expected in something written by Edred Thorsson, whose depth of knowledge is apparent on every page). Highly recommended.

You can buy the book here (affiliate link).

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