Defining a Heathen, Lore, and Don’t Be That Guy

As I said in a comment on this much needed article, the only reason so many Heathens idolize the lore like that is that so many of them come from Protestant denominations which likewise fetishize a book and they’re repeating what they know. It’s kind of sad. It’s also one of the most detrimental aspects of contemporary Heathenry. You want to be Heathen? Don’t start with the lore. Start with prayer, with setting up a shrine, with making small offerings, with honoring your dead. Everything else is tertiary to that. Now, check out December’s piece at the link below.

Horn and Hearth

I posted much of the following on Twitter and it gained a lil traction among Heathens. I was asked by a couple people to post this on my blog so that they could share it beyond twitter and am happy to do so.

A little background. I was inspired to write this after reading 2 things.
1, in a forum someone asked about where to start as a new Heathen and not just one but a few responses said “Read the Lore” and nothing more like some broke ass Poe raven.
2, a woman I was reading said she did not consider herself a Heathen because she had been told by several Heathens that to be a Heathen you had to follow the Lore and live by the Havamal (which, if you didn’t know, has a lot of unkind things to say about all women being untrustworthy in there among…

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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 December 24, 2021, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thank you, I had a good teacher *wink wink*

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