My Newest column is up

My newest column is live today at Wyrd Ways: Building a Better Heathenry. This month’s column is titled “Awe, Reverence, and Restoration.” You can read it here.

A note on lore:

I’m always puzzled by the dogged insistence on looking at lore, especially the Eddas as religious documents. They are not, not even the Poetic Edda. They may contain information that can inspire and benefit us as religionists, but they were not written down with any sense of the sacred in mind (nor were they inspired texts). Snorri wrote the Poetic Edda as a guide to poets, so that they would be able to interpret and understand the Heathen kennings and stories. He didn’t write it to preserve Heathenry and in fact, as a text it bears quite a bit of Christian influence. Snorri himself was Christian, let’s not forget that. I think we err and greatly by attempting, however unconsciously, to position Heathenry as a ‘religion of the book.” It isn’t. It never was and the more we try to make it so, the more we continue to obscure the legacy of our ancestors, which makes it that much more difficult to see the world as they did. If we want a clean restoration, reclaiming that worldview is essential. It’s not going to be found in a book. While it’s good to educate ourselves, and while the literary can be a useful framework , in the end, it’s only through direct, lived engagement with the Powers that a tradition is sustainably reborn.

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

Posted on October 15, 2014, in Heathenry, Polytheism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hmmm…That sure looks like Central Park in the picture at the top of thw page here.


  2. Same problem in Celtic polytheism(s)- people always forget it’s medieval literature NOT mythology as such. It’s like being left a bunch of clues but someone has tampered with the evidence and added in other bits and pieces so you can’t solve the murder, only have suspects. I found an interesting take on the Eddas (and questioning them as a religious source) here: Disclaimer: I’m not familiar enough with Norse scholarship enough to know how well-founded this lady’s research is.


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