Back in 2013, Zuism became a recognized religion in Iceland. It is a belief-system that claims to promote the worship of ancient Sumerian deities. According to public sources, the name “Zuism” originates from the Sumerian verb zu meaning “to know”, and also refers to the thunder-bird god of wisdom, Zu.
Currently, the religion is said to have a membership exceeding a little over 3,000 people, most of whom exist in Iceland with fewer members abroad. The depth of their religious rites involves reciting ancient Sumerian poems in reverence to the deity Anu. However, some claim that Zuism was organized solely for the purpose of combating Icelandic tax laws. In an online article, published by The Atlantic, entitled, Wrestling With God, and Taxes, written by Bourree Lam, we read:
“The group is mostly atheists and agnostics, and currently has more than 3,000 members. They take issue with Iceland’s religion registry and tax laws, which use tax revenue from everyone to fund religious organizations. Zuists argue that those unaffiliated with one of the qualifying religions are getting less for their money than those with affiliations. “It has turned into a protest and movement in Iceland,” said Snæbjörn Guðmundsson, an Icelandic geologist and a board member of the Zuist organization. “The Zuism organization is more about the legislation, and changing the environment from state-funded religion.”
I can only imagine that any modern-day religion based on the ancient Mesopotamian religion is going to possess some similarities to a grimoire like the Simon Necronomicon, which is based on similar spiritual practices. While it is quite possible that some of the information found in the Necronomicon Tradition may have inspired the group, Zuism seems to have its own path.