Honor your Dead. Why does this even have to be said?

This is an excellent article. Not only can those of us coming from European ancestries reclaim our ancestral roots, we must. I think it is crucial, holy work. To say that because one is [insert skin color here] that one should not honor one’s dead, work to peel back the layers (good and bad) and reclaim pre-Christian traditions is frankly, bullshit. It’s hateful, it’s destructive, and it’s prolonging the very systematic types of abuses such nay sayers think they’re trying to stop. 

We are called as polytheists to honor our dead, to take up the obligation of cleaning up our ancestral debts, to heal those of our ancestors who are damaged, and to recognize that we are the culmination of our ancestral lines walking, with everything that entails. We are called to speak for the dead. We are not separate from these people and they call out to us to right the wrongs that tore them away from their tribal consciousness, that destroyed their traditions, that corrupted and damaged the way they and their descendants engaged with the world and with others in it. 

Yes, we have to reclaim and those who say that there’s nothing to reclaim are speaking from a place of emptiness, of nothingness, of base ignorance. We have to reclaim, restore, and nourish because we owe it to our dead to step up and to stay the course despite the nonsense to which the post above was responding. 



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 February 26, 2020, in Ancestor Work, Ancestors, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Very well said and thank you SO much for the link to my blog!

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  2. Well said, Galina. Thank you for sharing it.

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  3. I am moved by your statement and your passion Galina. I can feel the Iron in your words; this has inspired me to follow your work & purchase other books by you… Thank you again, for providing a breath of clean air in an American Heathen “Temple” filled with and choking on the smog of self & ancestor hatred…


  4. I fail to understand why ancestor worship is considered racist by some people. Indigenous cultures all over the world honor their dead. It is a fundamental part of Polytheisms from Shinto to the Afro-Caribbean Traditions. When I honor my dead, I honor all my dead, including the ones who are not White. To do otherwise would be a great disservice to the ancestors.


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