Othala Means Homeland

A very good article on the current issues fb is having with othala. AS Kenaz asks in his article, “why is the onus on Heathens to prove their innocence. Would we tell a Muslim woman “maybe you wouldn’t get searched on every flight if you didn’t wear your hijab?” Would we tell an Orthodox Jew “if you didn’t wear a kippah people wouldn’t throw things at you when you walk down the street?” (I know, I know: White people can’t face racism. Show up at a job interview wearing rune jewelry. When you get back we can talk about stigmatization, disempowerment and oppression). Why then should Heathens of any political persuasion be forced to defend themselves against “Nazi” sympathies because of Runes?” Read the whole thing here:

Europa’s Children

Since my last sojourn in Facebook jail, I have been paying very close attention to Warden Zuckerberg’s Community Standards.  My comments have been temperate, my discourse moderated and my memes so bland you might think me a Democratic Socialist.  I have done what I can to be a reformed Facebook citizen.  And then they came for the Runes, more specifically the Rune Othala.  Several Facebook friends have had these cover photos deleted:

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So what is this “Othala” and why does it violate community standards?  According to the ADL

The othala rune is part of the runic alphabet system, a system of writing used (with many variations) across pre-Roman Europe. In the 20th century, Nazis in Germany adopted the othal rune, among many other similar symbols, as part of their attempt to reconstruct a mythic “Aryan” past. Nazi uses of the symbol included the divisional insignia of two Waffen…

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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 21, 2019, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. From Wikipedia’s article about the symbol: “In November 2016, the leadership of the [American] National Socialist Movement announced their intention to replace the Nazi-pattern Hakenkreuz swastika with the Odal rune on their uniforms and party regalia in an attempt to enter mainstream politics.” This is the source of the problem. We all know that the cross and crescent are the real bloody & hateful symbols, but recent history sometimes speaks louder than past history, especially with the discrepancy in group sizes also. Are Germanic polytheists/pagans actively opposing the National Socialists for their appropriation of the symbol? This is essential.

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  2. ganglerisgrove

    of course we are, everywhere we can.


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