Kitchen Cultus: Nom Nom Nom

I’m sharing a lot of posts this week, but I’m finding some great stuff. LOl. Like this post, about hearth cultus, cooking, and the kitchen. The kitchen is a very sacred place, heart of the home. I keep a lararium there and regular offerings are made. The stove is blessed, I pray as I cook and make regular offerings to our household zaltis (comparable I guess to agathos daimon) and also to Fornax, Goddess of the oven. I live in a blended polytheistic household so there are influences other than Heathen but what is common to all of us is the pleasure our ancestors take in a well run home.

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There are few things in this world I enjoy more than cooking and eating food. Gun to my head, if you asked me whether I’d rather engage in a night of carnal entanglement, or have a really good green curry, I’m basically picking the curry every time. I mean, in a perfect world, I’d be able to do both things in a 24 hour period, but I’m trying to illustrate a point here.

We often see polytheists using terms like, “hearth cult,” or “hearth Gods,” but this categorization rarely extends to the stove or oven – the modern descendants of the hearth. It’s a shame, really, since I genuinely think the kitchen should occupy a more central role in the religiosity of the polytheist home than it currently does, especially when we consider the primacy of the hearth compared to other parts of the domestic apparatus. This primacy is illustrated…

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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

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