Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Author Archives: Josh Rood

The Festival Year: A Reconstruction of the Heathen Lunisolar Calendar and a Survey of Its Relation to the Annual Festival Cycle

 
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This essay is an attempt to construct an annual calendrical model that would have existed among the heathen peoples of Scandinavia and Northern Europe prior to the advent of the Christian “Julian” calendar.  The evidence suggests that this annual cycle would be based around the movements of the sun and the moon, which determined when […]

“First Asatru tem­ple in 900 years?”

 
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Originally published by Anna Mar­grét Björns­son, amb@mbl.is and Morganblaðið.  Click here to read the original. ((Odroerir: The Heathen Journal note: We wanted to make a few clarifications.  This isn’t the first “Asatru” temple in 900 years.  It’s the first publicly recognized “Asatru” temple in Europe- ever.  Modern day Asatru and pre-Christian Heathenism should not be mistaken for one another. […]

Establishing the Innengard

 
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As modern heathens who have dedicated our lives to reestablishing the pre-Christian traditions of Scandinavia and Northern Europe, we know how important the concept of heathen worldview is.  It’s well understood that in order to develop practices that are rooted in ancient heathen religion, we need to be able to understand and adopt the outlook […]

“Heathen”: The Linguistic Origins and Early Context

 
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The modern English word heathen has long been the favorite label used in academic circles to identify the unchristian peoples of western and northern Europe during the Middle Ages.  Among medieval historians it is used more precisely to identify those “Germanic”[1] peoples who still practiced their indigenous religion.  It has also been the title most […]

Reconstructionism in Modern Heathenism: An Introduction

 
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Over the course of the last decade, the term “reconstructionism”[1] has surged forward as part of a very real movement within American heathenry[2].  The axiom of this movement has been a shift towards an approach that is quite different from those previously advocated in most mainstream circles, and it is helping to redefine and reshape […]