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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2004

    Interesting little slap in the face

    This book is about using the Norse myths to support theosophical doctrine and teachings. It is interesting, at least, to learn about theosophcial viewpoints that are often focused on relating modern science to ancient wisdom. There are excellent explanations for how fairy and folk tales evolved from myth. Much of the translator's notes is an attempt to prove that spirtual evolution goes from states of matter and up to higher grades of conciousness. However, I find some contradiction in her explanations when I am reading the lays for myself. {sun and moon god/goddess in particular}; clearer examples from the Edda could be given to back up her claims that science and myth offer us access to the same type of knowledge but use different languages to express it. She does give the reader an intriguing glimpse at this theory but throws around the terms of astronomical physics as if anyone might clearly see why gods of electricity offer us everything from Van Allen belts to binary star ststems. I also am bothered by the fact that she forgets important concepts in myth that are traditionally the duty and task of mythographers. The male/female concept of gods and goddesses is completely irrelevant here {which actually might be refeshing to some, but still felt a step backward rather than some enlightenment.} Despite some of my doubts, this is a wonderful book for gaining some insight to how important and adaptable myth is to spirtual, philosophical and scientific bodies of knowledge. The author does a labor of intense love for this book, there is no denying that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    Esoteric wisdom

    A brilliant book that gathers and discusses some of the most important Norse texts. Read this and understand why even the mighty Romans feared the inhabitants of ¿Germania¿, what the medieval Christians were so afraid of, and what has the politically correct denizens of today cringing. More than just an anthropological overview of Northern European folklore, ¿The Masks of Odin¿ is a philosophical and spiritual exploration of the rituals, wisdom and Weltanschauung of a people truly unique in the annals of human existence. The folk-tales of the ancient Norse are bold, powerful and violent. ¿New age¿ types won¿t find peaceful accounts of re-worked Druidism or tracts on meditation. What they will find are brutal Nietzschean-like exposes on the struggle for human survival and the lust for tribal conquest by the Germanic/Nordic tribes. The themes explored in ¿The Masks of Odin¿ are still very much with the peoples of Northern Europe today. The Norse understood (as did the Greeks) that cultures have distinct souls. That is to say that culture is the byproduct of race ¿ and each race is inherently different and unique. For this reason, Norse mythology, in recent times, has been harshly critiqued, overlooked and occasionally demonized. What ¿The Masks of Odin¿ explores is the uniqueness of Norse myth and Norse culture, and how this uniqueness has molded the people of Europe and the indeed world. If you are looking for an overview of Norse mythology -- look no further. ¿The Masks of Odin¿ is beautifully written, well researched and comprehensive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2000

    Deeply done....good handbook for Asatru and Odinism

    Most of it is just said in the Title....but it has a translation of important texts...and also great notes and shows the deeper meanings of the mythology. Showing that it is not just stories and fables...but coded eternal truths in a culture's special way....the Norse/Germanic peoples way.

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