The White Order of Thule (WOT), created in the mid-1990s, was a loosely knit
group of individuals who believed in the superiority of the Aryan race as
represented by Norse, Viking and other ancient Nordic cultures. WOT followers
generally adhered to Odinism (sometimes referred to as Asatru), which they
asserted was "a spiritual way of life, based on the Nordic ancestral
mythos; or the collective beliefs and folk-consciousness of the Aryan
Odinism, when practiced by white supremacists, focuses on the rejection of
what they see as Jewish-influenced Christianity; the embrace of an
"indigenous faith" rooted in pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon warrior
cultures; and the oneness of the Aryan race with nature.
National Socialism and other racist and anti-Semitic ideologies have
tremendous appeal to white supremacist Odinists, who point out that many
prominent Nazis practiced a form of Odinism in Nazi Germany. Many white
supremacists in prisons practice the racist version of Odinism.
Primary activists in WOT and its publications included tattoo artist Nathan
Pett (aka Nathan Zorn) and Peter Georgacarakos, a convicted cocaine dealer and
prison inmate. While Pett lived on Whidbey Island, Washington, he used WOT to
glorify the activities of The Order, a white supremacist terrorist group active
in the 1980s whose leader, Robert Mathews, died in a shootout with police on
Whidbey Island in 1985.
Citing betrayal by a WOT member, the group announced in the Summer 2000 issue
of its newsletter, Crossing the Abyss, that it was disbanding and would
cease publication of the newsletter. At the time, WOT members were encouraged to
write for another newsletter, Fenris Wolf, published independently by WOT
members in the Northwest. Fenris Wolf has since ceased publication. Pett
was attacked with a baseball bat by unknown assailants in February 2001 in
Spokane, Washington, and is reportedly in a semi-comatose condition.