Okay, I just read yet another “Asatru for Beginners” book that makes the erroneous claim that Iceland was the heroic last holdout of Germanic Heathenry in Europe against the onslaught of Christianity, and I just can’t take it any more. In the interests of the dissemination of fact, here’s the actual timeline of Christianization in… Continue reading Timeline of Christianization
ScienceNordic gives us an excellent story on an archaeological dig in Denmark, where an entire army was apparently sacrificed after losing some battle. The bones were dumped in a low-lying area which later became a peat bog, allowing the remains to be remarkably well-preserved. What leads the investigators to believe that the remains were part… Continue reading First-Century Danish Bog Sacrifice – An Entire Army!
Some individuals during the current wide-ranging discussion on Pagan identity make the argument that, even if there is no consensus as to what Paganism is, all Pagans should stick together for the sake of solidarity. Let us first ask the question, how should that solidarity, if it exists, be expressed? If all “Pagans” are supposed… Continue reading Pagan Identity, Part 3: We’re All in This Together!
Heritage Today has a fascinating article entitled Death, Narrative, and Understanding the Viking Mind, which describes a trio of lectures by Professor Neil Price of Aberdeen University on the topic of understanding the Norse mindset. This is of particular importance to those of a more reconstructionist bent within Heathenry, as remolding the modern world-view into… Continue reading Three Video Lectures on the Viking Mindset
Many people have expressed some trepidation that we, collectively, are even having the conversation about what it means to be “Pagan”. I think that part of the angst comes from the fact that many people who self-identify as “Pagan”, or who place others under the “Pagan” umbrella, don’t realize just how much diversity there is… Continue reading Pagan Identity, Part 2: At Least We All Worship the Goddess, Right?
There has been much talk of the question of Pagan identity of late. High-profile Pagans have given up the label, while others make the case that the Pagan label is still relevant. I would like to begin my own analysis of the subject with some thoughts on one facet of Pagan identity; the question of… Continue reading Pagan Identity Part 1: Is there a “Pagan Community”?