Germanic mythology and national identity
The process of religious, political, cultural and social demythologisation initiated after World War II seems to be at a stalemate, revealing that contradictions relative to the cult of reason and the Dialectic of Enlightenment persist. The renewed mythologisation of the political sphere that has emerged threatens a rational debate. The EU-funded MYTH project will perform the first systematic study on the birth of Germanic mythology in the 19th century. The project envisages demonstrating how German intellectuals created a Germanic mythology system based on elements typical to both Nordic myth and Greco-Roman mythology. This Germanic myth emerged as an alternative model to the classical one to shape nationalistic political and cultural identities.
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