The other day, a couple people on Facebook commented on an upcoming event I’ve got posted there, wishing there were more events in their area. This was my reply (a little bit expanded); I hope you find it useful. If you want to see events near you, the answer is to set up an event… Continue reading No local events? There’s a solution for that…
There’s a passage in Skáldskaparmál that a lot of people find a bit obscure. It deals with Odin’s scheme to steal Sutting’s mead: Odin departed from home and came to a certain place where nine thralls were mowing hay. He asked if they desired him to whet their scythes, and they assented. Then he took… Continue reading Bölverkr’s whetstone
Yesterday the tribe went on a day trip to visit the Kutztown Folk Festival, a nine-day (!) celebration of all things Pennsylvania German (or Pennsylvania Dutch – even within the community, there is division on which is correct). To get the mundane stuff out of the way; the festival was a total blast, and I… Continue reading The Kutztown Folk Festival
There is a significant number of people who, when the term “Asatru” is used, chime in with “but I worship the Vanir, too.” I confess I really don’t understand that need to differentiate between the two, as it is incorrect as far as the literary record, not to mention deriving much of its motivation from… Continue reading Vanatru – is it needed?
Over in Tennessee, we hear about a case involving a number of Asatruar who claim they are being denied the right to worship: Plaintiffs assert that they are followers of the Odinic or Asatru faith… seeking accommodations that would allow him and other Odinist inmates to worship as they claim their faith requires. … The… Continue reading Asatru Prisoner News: Bryant v. Woodhall
I’ve always been a big fan of Claude Lecouteux’s work, and when I heard he was publishing a reference work relating to Germanic lore, I pre-ordered it at once. It finally arrived, and I’ve had a chance to look through it. And it is everything I had hoped it would be. The obvious comparisons are… Continue reading Review: Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology, and Magic
Just a quickie for now. John Beckett has a post up on Pathetic Pagan entitled Our Gods are not Jealous Gods. Of course it’s a play on the Biblical verse about Jehovah of Sinai being “a jealous god“, but it makes me wonder whether Beckett has read any classical mythology. Like, ever. For fuck’s sake,… Continue reading Jealous Gods