November 10th, 2009

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Musings: The Import of Words Over Swords

On one of the mailing lists I'm on, recent conversations have evolved around the use in the modern context of weapons in ritual. As part of that I spoke of how I'm constantly having to re-educate those outside of our community, as well as those within our community that we are first and foremost an agricultural religion. This is something long-time readers of my blog will recall I've touched on previously. In addition to pointing out what I consider to be the obvious (that we are in fact an earth-based religion) I also spoke of how the 'warrior' didn't reign supreme, but that words and thus poets held import too (which I suppose overlaps tangentially to another recent post I've made on the import of words over the horn). So in our tradition Odin is both a God of Warriors, and a God of Poets.

But this distinction isn't solely Odin's, for if we look to the Vanic Goddess Freyja, we also see a Goddess of Warriors and a Goddess of Poets. Sice Freyja's association with poetry is not as commonly known... I tried to group my thoughts together on the matter.

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Musings: The Frithyard in ritual and at Thing

As is so often the case for me... discussion on a mailing list provides excellent fodder to stretch the heathen mind, and chew on some food for thought. Recent discussions on one of the ML's I'm a member of have been discussing the role of weapons in ritual. As is all too often the case, there are texts that give the false impression to Asatru that weapons are regularly if not always used in ritual, such as Scott Mohnkern's poorly researched A Year of Viking Rituals. When in truth weapons were usually forbidden in religious rituals, save for the blade used by whoever was killing the blood sacrifice. Based on archaeological finds we know that weapons when given in offering to the Gods were either broken and buried, burned, or tossed into a bog/body of water (to rust, lose their edge and sink so far down only a dead man (by ancient technology) could retrieve them.

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