CENTRAL EUROPEAN JOURNAL FOR CONTEMPORARY RELIGION
Central European Journal for Contemporary Religion is a scholarly journal issued both by the Hussite Theological Faculty of the Charles University and Karolinum Press, serving as a publication platform for Comparative Religion and related scholarship. It focuses mainly on contemporary religious phenomena with special (but not exclusive) focus on Central and Eastern Europe. It should serve both as a source of information on the religious life in the region and as a reservoir of scholarly studies focused on contemporary lived religion at large. It is issued semi-annually both in print and online (open access). Its goal is to bring up thought-provoking contributions related not only to current established religions and religious movements, both new and old, but also to map contemporary spirituality in its wider context including New Age milieu, Neopaganism and pop-cultural spirituality. The journal also covers latest theoretical and methodological trends in Comparative Religion, Ritual Studies and other disciplines. The editorial board consists of scholars from most Czech Comparative Religion departments as well as experts on the most important religious traditions of the world.
Zuism is a religious movement inspired by ancient Sumeria. The first documented occurrence of it is from Iceland. This article analyses the religious organisation within the Iceland-specific context and argues that its sudden rise in popularity can be at least partially attributed to Icelandʼs specific relations between church, state, and taxation. The first part of the article focuses on introducing the movement and explaining the background situation that led to its creation. The second part introduces its core religious tenets. Finally, the third part focuses on how Zuism developed in the years following its founding and addresses its controversy.
keywords: Zuism; Iceland; Mesopaganism; Neopaganism; Sumeria; Church tax