Understanding the role of sacrifice within the Greek world, which forms commonalities in the Germanic. Concise incidence which explains the fundamental WHY of sacrifice. It covers gatherings from the informal Gebeorscipe, to Symbels, and Marriages, and so much more.
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The appendices cover samplings of Old English verse that apply to the academic material covered. Further Reading Suggestions —————————————————-. A short read, it also covers the Old English calendar, a list of the runes, and has maps relating to relevant places to the Heathen Anglo-Saxons. Warband culture, sovereignty, and prophecy. However, it covers deities, ancestor worship, anthropomorphic beings, views on the afterlife, and the sources from where the information is drawn.
Detailing the reactions of various peoples to conversion, which gives clues as to pre-Christian thought. Reappraisal of folk beliefs and religion from the Eddic period. Covering both roles in the title, and demonstrating that the roles of women were far more complicated than such a simple dichotomy. They were both and everything between. This short read tells you about their roles. The Christianization of the Anglo-Saxons c. CEC Kharon bsgkharon. Eitrigg Crafters. Balchipedia The Encyclopedia of Balch History.
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Change the name also URL address, possibly the category of the page. However all gods need to have been created by a single god that is more original than the others, right? So I have two questions: 1 If the gods are separate entities why did this one original god create all the others? Beyond that, what you describe sounds a lot like soft polytheism, and although it is relatively popular among contemporary Paganism, it was NOT the traditional way of understanding things to Pagans and polytheists of antiquity.
To say there is an "original god" is nonsense in polytheism.
Yes, there are often creation stories discussing divine heritage and these sometimes trace back to a singular something, but I would be very careful interpreting that through a monotheistic lens. It risks misunderstanding the polytheistic mindset to call it an "original god. Yes, in Greek mythology, we can trace back the heritage of the various gods to Chaos.
However, to say all the other gods are somehow facets or fragments of Chaos would be just plain wrong. A soft polytheist might be comfortable saying that, but traditionally this isn't how it would have been understood. Saying the gods that emerged from Chaos are simply facets of Chaos is like saying the child of a man and a woman is purely derivative of its parents instead of having its own unique identity. That's a no-no in polytheism as it is understood traditionally. So in other words there was once a single god who became several separate ones in your view? I don't honestly ask the question.
I don't ask the question because, on the one hand, I don't care about creation mythos in general. My path is about the right here and the right now; it's about the land immediately around me and how I can honor its gifts and wonders. On the other hand, I personally feel that playing the numbers game is missing the point. When you answer "how many" the divine is, you're making a map of the territory. It's a construct. The maps are never the territory. I don't believe the divine is many. Nor do I believe it is one.
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I believe reality as a whole utterly transcends and defies categorization. However, as humans, we have to stuff things into categories to understand and relate to them.
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We have to use maps. I worship in a polytheistic fashion. But, philosophically, I don't think that's what the divine territory is. If that makes sense.
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