I’m only going to say this once

Ok, people. I think it’s time to lay something out for y’all. 

I’ve spent close to thirty years dealing with Heathen bullshit: people with their panties in a twist because they can’t accept that the Gods actually can impact our lives, actually can claim people, that devotion is important, that piety is more than just being able to read the lore, etc. etc. I’ve had people send threats (usually misspelled and with terrible grammar), make up stories (really creative ones in some cases, in others just sad), and lately some tumblristas have been spreading outright lies. I’ve had people who can’t stand the fact that a woman has opinions and won’t be swayed from them. I’ve had people who can’t stand the fact of my devotion to Odin and people who simply don’t like that I know their background and the lies they tell about themselves publicly. Lately I’ve been doxed several times. 

Now my husband and I are dealing with the same bullshit from the Hellenic community. Y’all are latecomers to the game. 

Here’s the thing though and here’s what none of you seem to grasp: you are irrelevant to us. There is literally nothing that you can possibly do that will keep us from our work. You and your opinions do not matter to us. We are building a tradition and doing the work the Gods have set for us to do and THAT is the only thing that matters: serving our Gods well. How seriously are we to take someone or something who tries to interfere with that? Y’all are trifling. 

And that, I think is the real reason that we get so much bullshit thrown our way: we will not be bullied or cowed into submission. We aren’t going to change our views or what we teach or how we venerate our Gods because any other living person has a problem with it. We aren’t going to pretend history didn’t happen. We aren’t going to elevate human opinions over right relationship with our Gods. EVER. 

So you have two choices: you can ignore us and stop obsessing over our blogs or you can keep at your bullshit knowing it’s about as effective as pissing in the wind. 

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 July 25, 2019, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Nothing enrages the self-important quite like being treated as irrelevant.

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  2. Autumn Pulstar

    What is wrong with people? Trolls or just stupid?

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    • ganglerisgrove

      scared, i think. and some of them are stupid, but most i think are just scared.

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    • thetinfoilhatsociety

      People want to take ownership. It’s an either:or proposition to them. Which isn’t how it is at all. It’s a mostly this:but also that. Yes, I do agree that, generally, the Gods of a people tend to call those of that people. HOWEVER. That doesn’t mean they are limited to those of their own people! They can, and DO, call those who listen, who will do the work, who will give them honor and piety and devotion. Both:and.

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  3. Your beliefs & devotion to your Deities is between you & them. Other opinions don’t matter. The Gods/Goddesses call to who they will. The door the them is open to those brave enough to love them fully. Who can question this?

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  4. Reblogged this on Thesseli.

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  5. Your devotion and steadfastness in the face of all the shit thrown your way is, as always, admirable.

    You’d think the haters would get tired and move on eventually. Maybe they truly have nothing better to do?

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  6. In my experience people who are complaining and criticizing aren’t doing their own work… I think you and your husband are providing valuable service to those serious about the Gods.

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  7. Not this Hellenista! I don’t darken Tumblr, so I don’t know what goes on there. There has been nothing in my Hellenic communities of which I am aware. This is just so awful I can’t see straight.

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  8. I guess you can chalk it up to post-modernism, where the truth is relative and anything you want it to be. What I have noticed is how modern people seem to come at religion from the self – the I. I am the circle and everything in the circle is what I have decided it to be.

    Unfortunately, this leads to intolerance of people with differing opinions. Somehow, my opinion is affecting your well-being. It is a curse of social media, I suppose where people of other ideas are suspect and dangerous.

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  9. Hellenic polytheists are after you now? I must have missed that, haven’t heard about this before. Who specifically is after you, I wanna see if iy’s anyone I know. You can email me if you don’t want to dignify them by naming them on your blog.

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  10. Of for fuck’s sake. 🤦 I go on vacation and miss this new asshattery.

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