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Posted June 10, 2005
As a scholar that has done research in this field, Krasskova's book is an excellent overview of the pre-Germanic Christian religions that fall under the category of being Heathen (Norse, German, & Anglo-Saxon). The words of the text are by no means erudite or esoteric, and the material--despite it's meaty substance--is quite accessible to people with little or no pre-existing familiarity with this subject matter. The text, in my opinion is without peerage. There simply are no other introductory books out there as well thought out, researched, explained, and comprehensible as this to date. This text will most likely come to be known, as the seminal work of it's kind. The book fulfills every goal of an introductory text, and then provides the bonus of a suggested reading list where you can continue your exploration of this religion. And for those of you wanting to know a bit more about what you'll find inside: Chapter 1: The Evolution of Modern Heathenry Chapter 2: Cosmology Chapter 3: The Gods & Goddesses Chapter 4: Wyrd Chapter 5: The Soul matrix Chapter 6: Heathen Ethics and Values Chapter 7: The Basic Blot Chapter 8 Symbel Chapter 9: Personal Devotions Chapter 10: Holy Tides And all of this is replete with Chapter Notes, a Glossary, a detailed Bibliography, and the Suggested Reading List aforementioned. The book is a tremendous deal both in terms of content and in price.
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