Bookversary: He is Frenzy

Sometime it’s hard to believe just how much time has passed when these bookversaries come around. It has been six years since, He is Frenzy was first published. As a devotee of Odin, I have published several books around Him through the years: my first devotional (and the first devotional in all of Heathenry/the Northern Tradition) Whisperings of Woden, followed by Walking Toward Yggdrasil, He is Frenzy and then most recently a little chap book of prayers Nine for Odin.

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He is Frenzy collects all of the essays and poetry that Northern Tradition author Galina Krasskova has written to honor the God Odin since 1995. Providing a survey of His ancient and modern cultus, it is also a deeply personal exploration of devotion, ordeal work and what it takes to walk the Odinic path.

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So for my loyal readers who have read these various books around Odin, what was your favorite, and why?

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About ganglerisgrove

Free-range tribalist Heathen, 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. She has even given the opening prayer at the United Nations Conference “Women and Indigeny”. 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. She has been a member of numerous groups through the years including the American Academy of Religion. She has also served previously as a state government contracted expert on the Asatru faith, and been a regular contributor to various print and online publications geared towards modern pagans and polytheists, and for a time had her own radio program: Wyrd Ways Radio Live. 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 pursuing a Masters in Medieval Studies at Fordham University (expected graduation 2019) with the intention of eventually doing a PhD in theology. She has also been teaching University classes in Greek and Latin. 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, Western Michigan University, Villanova University, and the City University of New York. An experienced diviner and ordeal master, her primary interest is in devotional work and the reconstruction of Northern Tradition shamanism. Her very first book, The Whisperings of Woden was the landmark first devotional text to be written in modern Heathenry. Ms. Krasskova has a variety of published books available running the gamut from introductory texts on the Northern Tradition, as well as books on shamanism, runes, prayer, and devotional practices. She is also the managing editor of “Walking the Worlds,” a peer-reviewed academic style 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 collage artist, 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 globally from New York to Paris. She has taken her passion for the arts and polytheistic devotion, to create the Prayer Card Project. Since so much religious iconography has been destroyed, or defaced in the course of human history, she is actively making new religious prayers and iconography available to the various modern polytheistic communities to support those who are building their religious communities, building their devotional practices, and hungering for art that represents their religious faith. All while also supporting the artists within these burgeoning communities.

Posted on August 1, 2019, in Book News, devotional work, Heathenry, Odin, Polytheism and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Edward P. Butler

    HE IS FRENZY is actually my favorite of *all* your books.

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  2. “He is Frenzy” is also my favorite out of the list. But that is a somewhat limited endorsement since I haven’t read the others yet (sorry, they’re all on my ever increasing “to do list”.

    I bought that book right before my first deployment to Afghanistan almost six years ago, and will be bringing it with me the next time I go in the near future. That book, “Runes: Theory and Practice” and “Honoring the Ancestors” are also going along with me, as well as “Neolithic Shamanism” (which I haven’t quite finished yet due to my often erratic attention span/work life/ops tempo/blah blah blah/excuses/procrastination being incompatible with doing many of the exercises detailed in it, and taking them seriously.)

    But honestly, I found “He is Frenzy” comprehensive enough and unlike anything else that I know about or have read previously to justify not reading your previous works on Odin or those of other authors. It seems like a “best of the best” kind of book given it’s subject matter based on what I know of.

    Please keep doing what you do. It’s great stuff, and I (and many others) greatly appreciate the work that you do,

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    • ganglerisgrove

      Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that this work has been helpful to you (read everything on Him you can though — you never know when He’ll strike with His inspiration through some random phrase or sentence. I’ve read single lines that have brought me to my knees before). I think my ancestor book is probably one of the most important ones I’ve written. People are talking about it all the time now (ancestor work) but when I wrote that book just a few years ago, it was a huge fight. anyway, if you email me your address before your next deployment (krasskova at gmail.com) i’ll send you the newest prayer book.

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