National mysticism

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This article is about National Mysticism of all cultures. For mysticism particular to Nazism or Fascism, see Nazi mysticism

National mysticism is the use of occult, pseudoscientific, or pseudohistorical beliefs to back up nationalistic claims.

Connection with occultism and mysticism

The connection with occultism and mysticism becomes evident when noticed that those ideas and claims are usually developed, propagated and promoted by people and organizations whose research, interests or work are related to the (usually highly criticized) areas of mysticism, occultism, ufology, astrology and so on.

Connection with nationalism

The connection with nationalism arises when those ideas and beliefs are adopted and promoted connected with nationalist organizations, political parties, patriotism and so on.

The reasons for becoming interested and adopting such points of view by part of a nationalism activists, parties, or even a great part of a nation can vary.

One can be sheer political propaganda and need of strengthening the national feeling of a nation and creating a "passable" historical and cultural background for a particular ideology .

A well known as well as extreme example of this is the mysticism-based propaganda promoted by the Third Reich. In that specific case, a great deal of time and resources was spent for researching or creating a popularly accepted "historical", "cultural" and "scientific" background so the ideas about a "superior" Aryan race could prosper in German society of the time. Mystical organizations such as Thule Society, Schwarze Sonne, the Vrill organization and others flourished in Nazi Germany, usually connected with elite SS corps, and adopting specific rituals, initiations, and beliefs.

Expeditions in Nepal and (according to some sources) also in Greece, and Antarctica were organized in the search for the mythical "Aryan" nation of Hyperborea, whose capital, Thule was supposedly built by the extraterrestrial ancestors of all "Aryan races" who came from the Aldebaran star, according to some of the "Aryan" theories. Similar, but less spectacular expeditions were organized in the pursuit of semi-mythical objects believed to bring power or granting special powers to their owner, such as the Holy Grail and the Spear of Destiny.

See Nazi mysticism

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