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Friday, March 21, 2008

Folkish vs. Universalist, and other thoughts

To those who don't know, in Heathenry, there's a schism over accepting new people into groups, based on whether or not they have any Germanic/Nordic ancestry. Those who are Folkish-leaning believe that the Gods wouldn't call to someone who didn't have any blood-relation to the ancient Germanic tribes. On the other side of the spectrum, the Universalist-leaning Heathens believe that the Gods can call whoever They want, and it is above our ability to doubt the veracity of this. This spectrum is much like the Conservative vs. Liberal division in American politics, in that there's lots of room in the middle for smaller divisions of leaning, i.e. Uber-Conservative, Conservative, Moderate-Conservative, Moderate, Moderate-Liberal, Liberal, and Uber-Liberal. (I know, I ain't got any Umlott-"U" on my keyboard.) In the Folkish vs. Universalist thing, there's a lot of moderates, myself included. I feel that , while the Gods wouldn't usually call someone to worship Them who isn't of Germanic ancestry, who am I to judge another when they want to acknowledge the same Gods I do, especially in light of the DNA research that indicates that people have ancestry they might not be aware of, from areas they didn't know they had any ancestry. I know I've got German, Czech, English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and almost make a point to jokingly say I've got no Spanish or French blood, if we went back far enough, due to wars and migrations forgotten, I could have anything back there.

On the subject of other religions, I feel that those are fine for them, this is right for me. I can even admire and gleam gems of knowledge from them still, as long as I remember that anything comes from an outside source. In Heathenry, the Lore is most important in rebuilding the mindset of our ancestors in today's world. Kinda a hard row to hoe, but we try. That said, I like reading "Ask the Rabbi" on Gun Owners Alliance. You might not know it from looking at the modern Liberal- majority of Judaism, but they have a long tradition of strong tribalism and a strong belief of near-militant self-defense, that has been "thrown under the bus" for modern times. I understand their history has long periods of subjugation under the graces of the local rulers, and frequently packing-up and moving due to a change of rulers and a change of attitude toward the Jews. I think it's kinda shameful that Christianity is divided over the right of self-defense also, since Jesus clearly told them, "If you do not have a sword, and you have two cloaks, sell one cloak and buy a sword." The world's a dangerous place, nearly ever religion demands that its followers practice some sort of defense against unprovoked attacks on the self and others. I like Thor for that reason, he was a protector of the weak and a destroyer of monsters. Not to exclude the other Gods, I just prefer Thor for this reason. I acknowledge Odin's wisdom and his suffering to gain the runes, and Freyr and Freya being the hosts of fertility, and so on.

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