Path to the Gods: Anglo-Saxon Paganism for Beginnersby Swain Wodening
Path to the Gods: Anglo-Saxon Paganism for Beginners contains everything you need to know to begin practicing the religion of your Anglo-Saxon ancestors. Within these pages you will be introduced to the Gods and Goddesses of Heathenry, and to fundamental beliefs and key concepts such as Wyrd, Frith, the Sacred and Holy, Heathen Thews (Virtues) and more. The basic rites of Heathenry are explained, holy tides are discussed, and a set of rites for each of the holy tides is offered. Included also is a suggested reading list to deepen your studies.
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An excellent book which does precisely what it purports to do; provide a solid primer for the beginner on their path to reviving and reconnecting with the Anglo-Saxon gods. The previous reviewer appears to be simply a troll; not only has he/she clearly not read the book, nowhere in the title or the blurb is there any claim made to be an "historical work of the Anglo Saxons." Mr Wodening is highly regarded in the modern Heathen revival and this book is another in his series of quality contributions to the field. A solid basis for the total beginner, but interesting enough to keep the more experienced practitioner engaged.
The most outstanding introduction to Anglo Saxon Heathenry. Read and re-read several times. Probably no better authority out there for this brand of paganism than Swain. Also, anyone who's interested in, or is curious to know more on these pre-christian, peaceful, artistic and progressive peoples --- I highly reccomend.
I found this book to be an excellent introduction to the ancestral religion of all northern European descendants. The author touches on topics, and details that some books I have read, over looked. I found this bit of literary work to be refreshing and just addictive enough to make sure I finished it. I noted one of the reviews below, and often find it interesting when someone comments on a book, or topic, in which they know very little about. Had the commentator actually read the book, and done a bit of research for themselves. They would know that this religion has been on the rise for well over 50 years. And prior to that, had never really died out, and had in fact been followed in many ways, throughout many countries. Iceland for example has had many family's who've followed the traditions of the norse culture and religion since as far back as we can tell. I always find it quiet interesting when people take the time to make comments, with very little to know information or fact to support their claims. I would gain much respect for B&N if they would respectfully remove that persons comment, on the basis that it is obvious the individual did not read the book, nor knows anything about the topic.
This is not a historical work of the Anglo-Saxons, but is an attempt to be a modern day pagan. It would be an amusing book, except the author takes himself seriously as he tries to revive a religion that has been dead for a thousand years.