31 Days of Devotion – Day 5 for Mani

  1. Who are Members of the family – genealogical connections of this Deity.

We actually do know quite a bit of Mani’s family, at least we know who They are and to some degree, what Their spheres of influence are too. We know that His father is Mundilfari, the God of time. Aside from that, we don’t actually know very much about Mundilfari, though contemporary northern traditionalists have come up with a number of theories. I personally think that as a God of time, He can ride the threads of wyrd and the flow of time to whenever and wherever He wishes. It makes Him remarkably difficult to pin down, I’d imagine. I haven’t had any direct experiences with Him, save that I’ve always gotten the sense that Mani loves His family very deeply. I have participated in raising a God-pole to Him, and I likewise keep an image on my Mani shrine for Him (I have a card of the astronomical clock in Prague…seems like it’s the perfect image for Mundilfari!).

Mani has a sister Sunna or Sol, the personification of the Sun, our Sun Goddess. She is likewise a bringer of health and healing (She is referenced in the Second Merseburg Charm in a healing context) and tends the cycles of the day. I’ve often called Sunna our pace-setter because we work on a solar calendar and from Her we can learn how to best organize the working hours of the day.

We also know that there is another sister Sinthgunt, also mentioned in the second Merseburg Charm. Almost nothing is known about Her beyond that one mention. I have done quite a bit of devotional work with Sinthgunt and my own experience of Her is of a powerful Goddess of cosmic cycles, of the movement of stars, alchemy, and the birthing of galaxies.

Mani’s aunt (?) and herald is the Goddess of night, Nott. She is a wandering Power, grandmother of Thor, and may be the mother of Dagr, the God of Day, and the herald of Sunna. She may also be the mother of Jord, and a God Audr, perhaps a minor Deity of wealth. There are discrepancies with respect to Nott and Jord, but I think this may actually be a matter of differing regional cultus.

Unfortunately, we don’t know who Mani’s mother might be. That information has not come down to us in any surviving lore.

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Free-range tribalist Heathen, Galina Krasskova, has been a priest of Odin and Loki since the early nineties. Originally ordained in the Fellowship of Isis in 1995, Ms. Krasskova also attended the oldest interfaith seminary in the U.S.- the New Seminary where she was ordained in 2000 and where she later worked as Dean of Second Year Students for the Academic year of 2011-2012. She has even given the opening prayer at the United Nations Conference “Women and Indigeny”. Beyond this, she took vows as a Heathen gythia in 1996 and again in 2004, She is the head of Comitatus pilae cruentae and a member of the Starry Bull tradition. She has been a member of numerous groups through the years including the American Academy of Religion. She has also served previously as a state government contracted expert on the Asatru faith, and been a regular contributor to various print and online publications geared towards modern pagans and polytheists, and for a time had her own radio program: Wyrd Ways Radio Live. Ms. Krasskova holds diplomas from The New Seminary (2000), a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Religious Studies from Empire State College (2007), and an M.A. in Religious Studies from New York University (2009). She has completed extensive graduate coursework in Classics (2010-2016) and is pursuing a Masters in Medieval Studies at Fordham University (expected graduation 2019) with the intention of eventually doing a PhD in theology. She has also been teaching University classes in Greek and Latin. As part of her academic career Ms. Krasskova has written a number of academic articles, and also presented at various academic conferences including Harvard University, Claremont University, Fordham University, Ohio State University, Western Michigan University, Villanova University, and the City University of New York. An experienced diviner and ordeal master, her primary interest is in devotional work and the reconstruction of Northern Tradition shamanism. Her very first book, The Whisperings of Woden was the landmark first devotional text to be written in modern Heathenry. Ms. Krasskova has a variety of published books available running the gamut from introductory texts on the Northern Tradition, as well as books on shamanism, runes, prayer, and devotional practices. She is also the managing editor of “Walking the Worlds,” a peer-reviewed academic style journal focusing on contemporary polytheism and spirit work and the first journal of polytheology. While very busy with teaching and school, she does also occasionally lecture around the country on topics of interest to contemporary Heathenry and polytheisms. A passionate supporter of the arts Ms. Krasskova enjoys going to the opera, theater, and ballet. Her affection for the arts began early as she discovered dance, which she pursued professionally becoming a ballet dancer: first with a regional company in Maryland, then in New York City. After suffering career ending injuries, she would find new forms of expression in the visual arts. For a few years Ms. Krasskova co-owned an art gallery in the Hudson River Valley of New York, and over a course of numerous years she has studied a multitude of art mediums: glassblowing, watercolor, acrylic, photography and more! She is now an avid collage artist, acrylic painter and watercolorist and has even enjoyed placement in international artist-in-residencies programs in New York, New Mexico, and Poland. Her work has been exhibited globally from New York to Paris. She has taken her passion for the arts and polytheistic devotion, to create the Prayer Card Project. Since so much religious iconography has been destroyed, or defaced in the course of human history, she is actively making new religious prayers and iconography available to the various modern polytheistic communities to support those who are building their religious communities, building their devotional practices, and hungering for art that represents their religious faith. All while also supporting the artists within these burgeoning communities.

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  1. Just as a wild theory: I wonder if Sinthgunt, as the completion of a triad of three siblings of which the other two are the sun and moon, could be the dawn? That’s certainly the case in Greek, with Selene and Helios and Eos all being children of Hyperion and Theia. I’m not saying “this is the case,” but when I first heard about the triad of Mani, Sunna, and Sinthgunt, that was what I thought…

    Is there a Deity associated with the dawn in Norse mythology? Or, as an alternative, perhaps She could be a Goddess of the dusk? (There aren’t too many of those that I know of, but that might be an interesting thing to ponder as well…there’s no reason She couldn’t be both, if she is a Goddess connected to cyclical time, since it’s pretty hard not to think of time and its cycles when dawn and dusk happen!)

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    • ganglerisgrove

      she’s definitely not the dawn….we do have a goddess who is in part associated with the dawn (eostre, or Ostara) but that Goddess has no known association with this family.

      She’s cyclical time but more far reaching and cosmic than dusk….which would more properly belong to the herald of Nott in our tradition.

      good thoughts, though! 🙂

      btw, am loving your posts with this question cycle.

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      • Thank you, and thank you for inspiring them! I’m enjoying doing them (I just completed one of the two for today), and they’re actually turning up some things I didn’t expect with some of the Deities and Heroes concerned, so that’s great!

        (I wrote “inspiriting” first instead of “inspiring” above…but, that’s kind of appropriate, eh?)

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