Heritage is not a dirty word

“Tradition” is not a dirty word either. 

Nor are our traditions “open.” A tradition by its very nature cannot be. It is for “use” (if one can employ so crass a term) by those who actually follow the Gods. We do not and should not allow outsiders to run rough shod over that which we hold most sacred.* The integrity of our traditions is more important than anyone’s feelings or misguided notions of tolerance (i.e. appropriation). An “open” tradition is no tradition at all. 

Honor your ancestors. 

Honor your Gods. 

Respect the land. 

The way in which we do these things, the rites and rituals that form our various traditions are sacred expressions of these covenants. Only an impious fool would shit on them. 

Those who decide to pervert our sacred symbols for racist reasons are disgusting. So are those who do the same for their “progressive” ideals. 

We need to be very aware of people who are trying to turn these religious concepts into political dog whistles. Maybe they’re the ones with no place in our traditions.

 

 

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*no, i don’t think one needs to be of scandinavian or german ancestry to be heathen. I think one needs to be pious and committed. period. 

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 19, 2019, in Heathenry, Polytheism, theology, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Polytheists have standards, rules, hierarchy, taboos, and even orthodoxy of a sort. If someone won’t or can’t accept that, they aren’t welcome in our communities and we WILL take issue if they decide to claim they are anyway. This can be interpreted as Polytheists being closed minded, unwelcoming, or even just plain mean by people unfamiliar with the concept of having standards or who have an aversion to believing in Gods. But we do have Gods, ancestors, and spirits of the land, and serving Them well is more important to us than anyone’s precious little feelings. If the standards and actual belief we expect are too much for someone to handle, the Neopagans are right over there, and they will happily let someone call themselves “High Priest of Slaanesh” without actually needing to believe in anything or any qualifications at all.

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