On the Definition of Germanic Theology

Written by Dyami Millarson Germanic theology is the study of Germanic divine matters. Germanic historical theology is the study of historical sources concerning Germanic divine matters. Germanic systematic theology is the study of principles or patterns relating to the Germanic divine matters. Germanic practical theology is the study of practices related to the divine matters.Continue reading “On the Definition of Germanic Theology”

Comprehending Germanic Polytheism Requires Detective Work

Written by Dyami Millarson In order to understand the essence of Germanic polytheism, detective work is required: one has to find leads. Much of the information about Germanic paganism is based on regurgitation (repetition of information without analysis). I wish more information about Germanic religion wete truly original. More input from human creativity would actuallyContinue reading “Comprehending Germanic Polytheism Requires Detective Work”

Sources of Gothic Folk Religion

Written by Dyami Millarson The following are important sources for our knowledge of Gothic paganism: Sabbas the Goth whose story has been described by Epiphanius where the Gothic ritual consumption of sacrificial meat is mentioned; Likewise, Nicetas the Goth (see page 86 of Ulfilas: Apostle of the Goths) whose deeds (known as Actae Nicetae) haveContinue reading “Sources of Gothic Folk Religion”

A Tentative List of Systems of Religion Applicable to Germanic Religion

Written by Dyami Millarson I have previously discussed how systems of religion may be defined in universal ways despite their particular origins (e.g. Roman, Greek, and so on) and may then again be defined in a particularly Germanic way such that they are useful for understanding Germanic religion (see my article on universal and particularContinue reading “A Tentative List of Systems of Religion Applicable to Germanic Religion”

The Purpose of Prefexing Religion With Folk, Natural, Indigenous, Traditional, Ethnic, Cultural, Etc.

Written by Dyami Millarson When one says Germanic religion, that is just that – a religion that is defined by whatever Germanic means. However, when one prefixes religion with folk, natural, indigenous, traditional, ethnic, cultural, etc. one adds a new flavour to what religion means, and this may offer a fresh perspective that helps usContinue reading “The Purpose of Prefexing Religion With Folk, Natural, Indigenous, Traditional, Ethnic, Cultural, Etc.”

Analysing Systems of Religion as Universal and Particular

Written by Dyami Millarson Theism, animism, shamanism, messianism and totemism, which are respectively based on Greek, Latin, Manchu, Hebrew and Ojibwe terms, are systems of religion that may be analysed as universal despite their respective Greek, Latin, Manchu, Hebrew and Ojibwe origins, and therefore may also be analysed as particularly Germanic; for if the definitionContinue reading “Analysing Systems of Religion as Universal and Particular”

Old Norse Terms for Gods

Written by Dyami Millarson The Old Norse terms for Gods (in the plural) are: Æsir Díar Tívar, Valtívar, Sigtívar Bönd Höpt Rögn, Regin Guđ Vanir, which I did not include above, are another type of Gods. Álfar (Landálfar) and Vættir (Landvættir, Sjóvættir, Vatnavættir, Loptvættir, Skógarvættir, Fjallvættir, Húsvættir) may also be considered terms for Gods. TheyContinue reading “Old Norse Terms for Gods”

Is Messianism Compatible With Germanic Polytheism?

Written by Dyami Millarson Even though the concept of messianism is associated with monotheism in the popular mind, the answer to the question in the title of this article is a resounding yes and Germanic polytheistic messianism predates monotheistic messianism in Northwestern Europe. So how does Germanic folk religious messianism work? To answer that question,Continue reading “Is Messianism Compatible With Germanic Polytheism?”

On the Divinity of Earth and Heaven

Written by Dyami Millarson We are wont to say ‘heaven and earth’ in Modern English, ‘heiven an yird’ in Modern Scots, and ‘hemel en aarde’ in Modern Dutch. Despite the fact that people might be inclined to think that the close association of heaven and earth is non-Germanic, this association is actually Germanic. However, theContinue reading “On the Divinity of Earth and Heaven”

Making Sense of Anglo-Saxon Mother-Goddess Erce

Written by Dyami Millarson The earliest known reference to the Angliī (sing. Anglus), who are an ancestral tribe of the Anglo-Saxons, is chapter XL [40] (see the text here or here) of Publius Cornelius Tacitus’ treatise on the origin and location of the Germanic peoples (Dē orīgine et sītū Germānōrum) dated to 98 AD: ReudigniContinue reading “Making Sense of Anglo-Saxon Mother-Goddess Erce”