cradle to grave

wow. just had a Pagan say on fb that it’s “immoral” to raise one’s children Pagan. bitch please. THIS is precisely the problem with our communities. THIS, right here. You, my dear, are part of the problem. I would go so far as to say we have an obligation to pass our traditions and devotions onto our children. There is no other way that they’ll last beyond a generation. It took one generation to destroy our traditions. It’s going to be at least three of consistent, inter-generational practice before we have a hope of true restoration. Maybe this is the essential difference between Pagans and Polytheists. We actually give a shit. 

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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 26, 2018, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I’d question that “Pagan”‘s ability, given their stance on this matter, to even opine usefully on what is or is not “moral” according to their own version of paganism or anything else, really…

    What religion that has ever existed for more than five seconds has thought that teaching that religion, especially to one’s own descendants, is “immoral”? For crying out loud…!?!

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  2. I shake my head in disgust at that person’s comment.

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  3. Great comment. We EuroFaith followers have an OBLIGATION to the younger ones…we are just gaining ground after being in the shadows for centuries! At LEAST teach, inform, serve as example so they AT LEAST have that option to choose.

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  4. Who values something and yet refuses to pass it on to the next generation? Fail to do this and your opponents will get your children instead.

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  5. I had a woman on my Facebook polytheism page claim that any attempt to teach your family’s polytheist religious beliefs was a kind of child abuse. Truly sick. This kind of thing is a cancer on our polytheistic communities.

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  6. Then it would be equally immoral to go to school and to teach anything to a child. These people have no idea of what *education* is, to say nothing of tradition. Education is the same as tradition, not only in the Latin roots, but also the concepts… On the other hand, how many years will it take for true restoration? Perhaps only two if we work hard enough and have large families. We have the Orthodox Jewish model for cities and the Amish model for rural areas, to mention only a couple.

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  7. What kids need are good mentors. They’ll make choices and find their way through life when they’re teenagers. It’s also really important to give kids spiritual street smarts.

    If people need someone to talk to, I was raised in Neopaganism and have some perspective because I have two younger siblings, and our religious development has gone along different pathways. A child with pagan parents is “in” polytheism/paganism broadly regardless of what ler parents may want — le’ll just end up waffling without direction if people don’t teach.

    I wasn’t given a lot of direction growing up, and I really could have used some — in my teens, I gravitated towards people in the community who were more assertive about spiritual matters even when they were wrong. That’s why I didn’t go recon until I was 20 even though I found out about the community at 16 or 17. I think I’ve mentioned second-gen issues a bit on my blog, specifically in my post about what it was like to grow up DIYing. I’m really lucky that I didn’t end up joining a kool-aid cult LOL.

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  8. This idea generally stems from people being forced as children and adolescents, sometimes in an abusive way, to participate in a religion they wanted no part of, and not wanting to inflict that on their own children. I can’t fault someone for wanting to spare their children that kind of suffering. However, my sympathy for the ignorant ends there.

    There is a HUGE difference in forcefeeding Monotheistic infection to children and simply teaching them the rites, sacred stories, and holiday celebrations of a Polytheistic tradition. Because there are other deities worthy of worship, it would not bother me in the least if my child decided to worship (or was chosen by), for example, an Aztec Teotl rather than one of the Aesir, Vanir, or Jotnir. People in the Roman world would frequently be initiated in other traditions, and it wasn’t really cause for much comment.

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  9. Polytheists MUST pass on their traditions to future generations. I’m a Hindu, and believe me, polytheism is far better from both a social as well as economic (also environmental) point of view than any of the Abrahamic traditions or their offshoots like fascism, communism, materialism, consumerism, etc. The idea of rejecting traditions or cultural roots comes from the idea that all religions are the same, and hence must be rejected altogether. However, such a view comes from an idea that Abrahamic traditions are all that there is, but when we actually start exploring polytheistic traditions like Greek, Celtic, Germanic or Slavic traditions, for example, we find that cultural rootedness is beneficial, as polytheistic traditions are organic in nature. You can read the book ‘How I became a Hindu’ by Dr. David Frawley, where he speaks about this.

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