Tree of Life is Worth Preserving and Defending

“The erosion of traditions everywhere harms everyone. ”  –Sannion

(Said in response to a conversation I was having about the watering down of Catholic traditions. I don’t have a horse in that race but I have opinions on it and this is why. Everyone has been entrusted with their traditions and that’s a small piece of the whole and when that becomes corrupt or broken, something vital is lost. Everyone plays a part in keeping those traditions whole: clergy, laity, specialists, et al.

This in particular reminds me of the situation faced by the Stellinga, polytheists warriors  who rose up in response to the felling of the Irminsul and other sacred trees. For them, the felling of those trees was the destruction of their world, values, and way of life and the worlds of the ancestors because in Germanic cosmology those trees are what hold up each of the worlds and those worlds need to be distinct and contained to be healthy. With the dissolution of boundaries and everything blurring and crashing together, the loss of tradition, the loss of meaning, everything dissolves into chaotic nothingness and that’s the Ragnarok that they faced. It’s also the Ragnarok we’re facing today. Don’t think of these as one time events but as the result of the corruption and destruction of our traditions. With every tradition lost a world collapses.

We need to fight all the harder for the restoration and preservation of our traditions or we’ll be swept into the chaos of the Void).

old apple tree

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 wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on October 8, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. “Tradition”? *Triggered*
    I jest. I keep trying to tell my secular friends that tradition is one of the tethers that ties us to reality and to our ancestors. I like the use of the word “Void”. Usually, you use the term “Filter”, but the Void is my name for the “enemy”. Traditions are what keep us from falling into the “meat-grinder” of the Void.

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    • ganglerisgrove

      I usually call it the Nameless with the Filter being a working extension of it in our world but here…Void was the appropriate term.

      i couldn’t give a flying fuck if people are triggered. The fact that maintaining our traditions would trigger anyone is evidence of how out of balance and misguided our world is.

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  2. A small but powerful piece. Thanks for writing it, Galina.

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  3. I pray for the preservation, promotion, and return of traditional polytheism throughout the world.

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  4. Traditions are important, and usually not recognized as important until they are lost. If I consider the studying of other people’s traditions from the perspective of the anthropologist studying Native peoples, for example, there is an entire breaking down of tradition as new ways are introduced into the lifestyle of a people, so you have an entire way of losing traditions as folks acclimate to that change. And we had that entirety from the whole mess of colonialism. I don’t think you can entirely escape it, which is why it is so vital for the priests/shamans/holy people to hold on to what they have. Yet that said, if there was not the process of outsiders coming in to those lifeways and seeking understanding of them, we could not in part rebuild upon what was lost to us through the mess of Christianizing Europe, because some valuable teachings would not have been recorded. I still draw heavily from the traditions of the peoples of North America, not because I lack respect, but because I do respect the vitality of the old ways upon the Earth. There is something in these Earthcentric practices that honors my oldest ancestors even though they did not know the American Native peoples. So have I build new traditions or am I honoring very old ones?

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