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 priest of Odin and Loki since the early nineties. Originally ordained in the Fellowship of Isis in 1995, Ms. Krasskova also attended the oldest interfaith seminary in the U.S.- the New Seminary where she was ordained in 2000 and where she later worked as Dean of Second Year Students for the Academic year of 2011-2012. Beyond this, she took vows as a Heathen gythia in 1996 and again in 2004. She is the head of Comitatus pilae cruentae and a member of the Starry Bull tradition. Ms. Krasskova holds diplomas from The New Seminary (2000), a B.A. in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Religious Studies from Empire State College (2007), and an M.A. in Religious Studies from New York University (2009). She has completed extensive graduate coursework in Classics (2010-2016) and is currently pursuing a Masters in Medieval Studies at Fordham University with the intention of eventually doing a PhD in theology. As part of her academic career Ms. Krasskova has written a number of academic articles, and also presented at various academic conferences including Harvard University, Claremont University, Fordham University, Ohio State University, and the City University of New York. Ms. Krasskova has a variety of published books available running the gamut from introductory texts on the Northern Tradition, as well as books on runes, prayer, and devotional practices. She is also the managing editor of “Walking the Worlds,” a new journal focusing on contemporary polytheism and spirit work and the first journal of polytheology. While very busy with teaching and school, she does also occasionally lecture around the country on topics of interest to contemporary Heathenry and polytheisms. A passionate supporter of the arts Ms. Krasskova enjoys going to the opera, theater, and ballet. Her affection for the arts began early as she discovered dance, which she pursued professionally becoming a ballet dancer: first with a regional company in Maryland, then in New York City. After suffering career ending injuries, she would find new forms of expression in the visual arts. For a few years Ms. Krasskova co-owned an art gallery in the Hudson River Valley of New York, and over a course of numerous years she has studied a multitude of art mediums: glassblowing, watercolor, acrylic, photography and more! She is now an avid acrylic painter and watercolorist and has even enjoyed placement in international artist-in-residencies programs in New York, New Mexico, and Poland. Her work has been exhibited from New York to Paris.

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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