Germanic Belief : Kneeling in Worship

Our ancestors knelt in worship. All this “i won’t bow my head or knee to any Power” is modern, egregious horse shit and for those who need things backed up in lore, note the bronze age pictographs.


There is a popular (though by no means universal) notion in the Asatru community that kneeling, even in worship of our native divinities, is a sign of weakness, cowardice, subservience, unmanliness, and so for all intents and purposes the kind of action that would make one a nithing (one beneath contempt; THE insult in the elder era). It’s a strange phenomenon of course. Especially when such condemnations are preceded, or followed, by talk about how we Heathens “honour our noble ancestors”.

Now, I do of course get how a person can fall into believing this. And I’m not talking about the “Christians in recovery” that so often seem to define what might be dubbed “pop-Heathenry”. No. I’m talking about the wide-eyed newcomer, entirely unprejudiced, who is starving for knowledge of his ancestral ways, and perhaps for a little “companionship in belief”, as I myself was back in the day. Thus…

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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 December 15, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Here here! Kneeling is a show of respect, not weakness.

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  2. Yes! Yes! And also, Yes!

    There was a small dust-up about this during an Antinoan Mysteries initiation several years back, when a Wiccan prior initiate made a stink about something in one of our prayers, which he had actually mis-heard/misunderstood (the prayer says “I cry out in supplication,” which for whatever reason he thought said “I bow down in supplication”–!?!), and said “I can’t do that prayer any longer, because I took oaths as a Wiccan to never bow my head to anything.” Uhh…well, then I guess you won’t be coming to the Shinto shrine with us either.

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