offs, wildhunt. really?

So Wildhunt.org, never missing a chance to discredit Heathenry, posted recently “Sources are reporting that an Identity Europa member may be a High School police officer in Chesterfield, Va. He is allegedly part of an Asatru group whose website notes its ties to their “heathen Anglo-Saxon forebears”. We are following the story.”. and..so what? So fucking what? He’s part of a group that, like any good polytheist should, honors its ancestors. End of story, unless he’s misused his position as a police officer.

 

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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 March 20, 2019, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

    • ganglerisgrove

      oh he may be a complete ass, but his religion shouldn’t have been brought into it.

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      • I didn’t see the Wild Hunt story. But I think the problem is (or should be, at least) the specific group he’s affiliated with, not the religion as a whole. That group is, from everything I can ascertain, one of those using heathenry as an excuse for racism. The leader is definitely a piece of work. The problem is when outsiders equate one small group with the entire religion – a problem that we shouldn’t face with our own journalism. Having ties to “heathen Anglo-Saxon forebears” is theoretically an absolutely fine and good thing – but I think we all recognize that such language is often used as code, and I’m pretty sure that’s the case here. The issue I have is if the Wild Hunt is acting like that language alone, on its face, is problematic. They should be doing a better job of explaining why that particular group is concerning, and making a clear distinction between racist “heathens” and heathens who happen to simply be proud of their ancestry (whether genetic or spiritual).

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  1. I think the problem lies in “Identity Eupora” rather than ancestor veneration. Bad groups unfortunately taint good practices.

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  2. I think all heathens/pagans should be extremely wary of passing judgement on others in hopes of currying favor with people who care nothing for nuances of belief. This opens the door for these sorts of witch hunts to escalate against anyone who wears a rune, practices polytheism or loves their ancestors. This is a dangerous precedent that should be protested against vigorously and in no uncertain terms.

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