The Heathen Visibility Project

Over the last two + years, Heathens have been growing more and more appalled at the (mis)-use of our sacred symbols by neo-Nazi groups. It’s disgusting, obscene, and outright blasphemous. We all speak out when we can, but we are a group of minority religions and most people outside of our religious communities aren’t going to make the necessary distinction between inappropriate mis-appropriation and proper religious usage of symbols like the runes, Thor’s Hammer, the Valknot, etc. It’s important, I think, that we speak out and up every chance we get.

I should point out that this isn’t just an issue with racist appropriation of our symbols but also the unfortunate influence of pop culture figures like Marvel-Thor on our iconography. The solution to both is to flood our social media with images of real Heathens doing Heathen things, wearing Heathen symbols and giving visual voice, if you will to what it means to be a practicing polytheist and Heathen in today’s world.

To that end, I’m happy to say that Heathen author Erin Lale has started the Heathen Visibility Project. You can read more about that (and please, I encourage everyone to do so – it’s really simple to participate in and, I think, important) here and here. This may actually get me to start an Instagram account. I’ll keep you posted on that one.

Anyway, go and read about Erin’s amazing project. This is important work, not just for our communities now, but for their future.

 

 

#Heathenvisibility #Heathen #Heathenry #Asatru #NorthernTradition

 

 

EDIT: ok. i did it. I broke down and got an instagram for Heathen things, though I might also include Bacchic interludes. it’s Heathenliving. Go for it. i have no idea what i’m doing there. be kind. lol

About ganglerisgrove

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 June 6, 2019, in community, Heathenry, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. THIS. This is what we should have been doing for years. By fearing being outed as Polytheists, Heathens have allowed a mob of loathsome squatters to take over space that is rightfully ours. It is well past time we kick out the hateful morons misusing our holy symbols and reconsecrate the space they have defiled.

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  2. This is an awesome idea. Something I heard was that in some LHP groups awhile back, neo nazi types care along and started doing the same. That community ended up banding together and turfing them out.

    These people will try and co opt anything they can get away with.

    Happy to do whatever I can to contribute to efforts here.

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    • I’m not surprised that the LHP communities managed to rid themselves of neo-nazis. Those groups know exactly where their boundaries are and have no problem telling people “you’re wrong and no longer welcome here, leave now or there will be consequences”. I explored the LHP myself when I was younger, and while it wasn’t for me I still have a lot of respect for Demonolaters. They were my first encounter with something close to real piety and the concept of making offerings just out of love for the Powers. Seriously, there are people who literally worship demons who have a better grasp of reciprocal relationships and piety than your average Neopagan. I’m not sure if that’s a bit funny or very sad. Regardless, I’m happy to hear they kicked the neo-nazis out of LHP space. I very much hope we can do the same.

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      • ganglerisgrove

        Well said, Ryan. I’m not surprised they have a better sense of reciprocity and piety than your average Neo-Pagan. It’s sad, but Neo-paganism is infested with anti-theism and other foolishness.

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  3. I’ve heard that Instagram is a really pleasant place and that people who have issues with it typically do because they’ve succumbed to lifestyle envy. But that would involve following Influencers and brands. 🧐Nice to see that something positive is happening in this area!

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    • For now, it’s owned and operated by Facebook, and because you can’t “share” the way you can posts on FB, I think it curtails tremendously all the political memes and negativity you find on Facebook.

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  4. I feel like I should write a blog post about my friend and neighbour. She makes glass beads, many of which are styled after Viking age artifacts, and she even uses Viking age methods to make beads at Viking fests and reenactments, among other things. Her husband is also a talented craftsman.

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