Take a Knee

We have plenty of sources from Tacitus on down attesting to the piety of our ancestors. Modern Heathens too often choose to ignore that, refusing out of their own ignorance and fucking human arrogance not to bow before our Gods. Let me tell you something: when certain Gods are present, you WILL kneel. Your body will do it as a matter of course, having more sense than you. It is right and proper to bow and prostrate before the Holy Powers. Anyone who thinks they’re too good to bow before the Powers should go back to larping and leave our traditions alone.

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I’m probably about to get the internet trolls and deniers attacking me in an online community where I recently responded to someone else’s posts where they said in angry response to some asshole: “Even my Gods don’t ask me to kneel. Bye.”

The idea there is no kneeling or similar practices to our Gods is erroneous, there’s references abounding to it in the lore.

The real question is how common it was, or if such practices were unique to specific cultic worship, specific deities, specific celebrations or observances?

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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 wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on November 25, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. This brings up how are Gods to be invoked or prayed to. Romans have various methods to show respect such as touching the earth when praying to Tellus Mater. I haven’t come across anything about kneeling though. I have come across writings that Romans are not to pray with their hands grasped together like Christians. That shows disrespect to the Gods.

    I think piety also includes how to pray to or show respect to a particular God. Too many people seem to be ad hoc in how they do it.

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  2. Bowing to a king (however custom dictates) is not even in question, but to a God?


  3. I’m an arrogant/prideful person with authority problems, but the act of kneeling to my Gods is so meaningful to me because of that. Kneeling makes me feel vulnerable and it’s a show of my faith and love to kneel before them, an act of piety that is only for Them, that I’m incapable of doing for people, symbols, or ideas.


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