Keywords: heathen

Season of the Dísir: Winternights and the Dísablót in Early Medieval Scandinavian Belief

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The purpose of this article is to analyse the nature and role of two ancient Scandinavian festivals which are connected to certain female spirits known as the Dísir, one of which is connected with the start of winter (“The Winter Nights”) and the other to the beginning of the spring.  First of all, however, a […]

A Snake Story

 
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It was a nice warm early fall day and I was basking on top of Rattlesnake Mountain. It’s one of the easier climbs in the state, something you could do in a few hours and then still make it to the party you had to go to later that day. Or something like that anyway. […]

Winter Full Moon Bede

 
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Hear, I tell men | to honor the gods the far famed ones | favor to good men high holy powers | our people’s providence   I pray the One-Eyed god | hail the Gallows-Burden Father of Hosts | God of the Hanged words I give | for Raven god’s weal   Hail heaven’s warder […]

Maibock Beer- Mark Andersen

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Mark Andersen is a beer lover and home brewer currently residing in the New England area.  He has a passion for visiting historical breweries in the United States and Europe and investigating different brewing techniques.  In the winter of 2006 I started brewing my annual Maibock beer to be served at our kindred’s May Day […]

“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 […]