Showing posts with label Ásatrú. Show all posts
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05 April 2011

Weird and Ōsatrēow

(from SpeakEasy).

Blæd Ðrægan Barhelm
[Old English or Anglo-Saxon]
Blæd: blowing, blast, inspiration, breath, spirit, [breath of Woden?{Oðin}], (stroked 'æ', Hyper Text Impared)
Ðræ'gan: strong; to go, journey, etc.; [(poetic) to run]
Bar'helm: helmet with sacred Wanic(Vanir) boar image (stroked 'a', Hypertext-Impared).

The mythology of a people is far more than a collection of pretty or terrifying fables to be retold in carefully bowdlerized form to our schoolchildren. It is the comment of the men of one particular age or civilization on the mysteries of human existence and the human mind, their model for social behaviour, and their attempt to define in stories of gods and demons their perception of the inner realities. We can learn much from the mythologies of earlier peoples if we have the humility to respect ways of thought widely differing from our own. In certain respects we may be far cleverer than they, but not necessarily wiser.

We cannot return to the mythological thinking of an earlier age; it is beyond our reach, like the vanished world of childhood. Even if we feel a nostalgic longing for the past, like that of John Keats for Ancient Greece or William Morris for medieval England, there is now no way of entry. The Nazis tried to revive the myths of ancient Germany in their ideology, but such an attempt could only lead to sterility and moral suicide. We cannot
 deny the demands of our own age, but this need not prevent us turning to the faith of another age with sympathetic understanding, and recapturing imaginatively some of its vanished power. It will even help us to view more clearly the assumptions and beliefs of our own time."
Hilda R. Ellis Davidson
Gods and Myths of the Viking Age
(also as Gods and Myths of Northern Europe)

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