Exploring the Northern Tradition: A Guide to the Gods, Lore, Rites, and Celebrations from the Norse, German, and Anglo-Saxon Traditions

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Exploring the Northern Tradition is an introduction to the modern reconstruction of the ancient religion of the Germanic and Scandinavian peoples. This religion, called Heathenry, is one of the fastest growing polytheistic religious movements in the United States today. This book provides a thorough guide to the cosmology, values, ethics, and rituals practiced by modern Heathens. It crosses denominational lines, examining practices common to ...
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Overview

Exploring the Northern Tradition is an introduction to the modern reconstruction of the ancient religion of the Germanic and Scandinavian peoples. This religion, called Heathenry, is one of the fastest growing polytheistic religious movements in the United States today. This book provides a thorough guide to the cosmology, values, ethics, and rituals practiced by modern Heathens. It crosses denominational lines, examining practices common to all branches of Heathenry in an easily accessible format.

Readers will have the opportunity to explore the sacred stories of the various Heathen Gods, like Odin, Frigga, Freya, and Thor, and the devotional practices of modern votaries. The most common devotional rite—the faining or blót—is examined in rich detail, with examples given for personal use. Additionally, readers are introduced to the concept of wyrd or fate, so integral to the Heathen worldview.

For those new to Heathenry, Pagans who wish to learn more about the Norse Deities, or those simply interested in learning about this unique religion, Exploring the Northern Tradition is the perfect introduction. Subjects covered include:

• The gods and goddesses
• Symbel
• The soul matrix
• Ethics and values of the modern heathen
• The history and evolution of modern Heathenry
Unlike many books on Heathenry, Exploring the Northern Tradition is not denomination specific, nor does it seek to overwhelm the reader with unfamiliar Anglo-Saxon or Norse terminology. Every new concept covered is presented in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. Readers will come away from this book with a thorough knowledge of whatthe Heathen community is like and what newcomers to that community can expect. Experienced Heathens will find a wealth of lore and inter-denominational critique that will make this book an excellent addition to their libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564147912
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 330,903
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

The author, Galina Krasskova draws on her own 12 years of experience as a Heathen priest or weofodthignen. She is currently Aeweweard in Thaet Angelseaxisce Ealdriht and has studied interfaith ministry in NYC (where she is registered with the state as a minister). Drawing upon the foundation of her own experience as a Heathen, Rev. Krasskova provides a window into this faith that seeks to unite the wisdom of the past with the devotional inspiration of the present.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    An Introductory Heathen Book Without Peer

    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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