Today, a friend posted on fb: “Never let religion steal your identity.” My response was this: our devotion to our Gods is the only part of our identity that matters.”

We are what is irreducible. We are more than our mortal shell and in the end, the thing that I think is most important is that we have honored our Gods and ancestors rightly and well, the latter involving taking care of our living family and community too.

The physical body is part of our soul. It’s the part we leave behind with every incarnation. It is that which we give back to the earth in payment for what we have taken, for all the ways the earth has nourished us. It is our payment of our life-debt (so maybe we should treat our bodies well and value the things associated with them, but keep all things in proper perspective too, pious perspective at the same time).


jan 2020 viking cat lol

My cat is plotting my death for this. Give time, folks. She’ll do me in one of these days.


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

Posted on February 12, 2020, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Wah! I love the pic of Elena wearing the knitted Viking helmut. She is such a cute kitty! ❤ (and awesome post too, btw).

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  2. Lovely words Galina. The Gods always in the center of our lives, in our hearts, in our souls. Always present.
    Loved the picture of your cat! The tiny hat! She is so adorable. And such a fierce expression! Hahaha, so funny!
    These days I have been making offerings to Freyja and I find that cats remind me of Her. This thought might sound terribly impious! Our Gods are immense and there is no way of reducting Them. But cats remind me of Freyja. You know, the fierce shieldmaiden behind all that charm and beauty. That taste of extreme delight and ferocious power at the same time. She is amazing.


  3. My religion has played a huge part in making me the person I am today, it is very much the centre of my identity. Besides the needs of my child and spouse, I’d also say that my religion influences how I live my life and the things I do. It is the core of me


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