Souls Belong to the Lakes

Written by Dyami MIllarson The Gothic term sáiwala, which is a cognate of the synonymous English term soul, may be related to the Gothic term sáiws, which is a cognate of the English term sea. Sáiws (pl. sáiweis) has a couple of meanings, namely lake, sea and marshland. Tacitus, Adam von Bremen and other sourcesContinue reading “Souls Belong to the Lakes”

Why Were Germanic Sacrifices Usually Communal?

Written by Dyami Millarson The reason why the blood sacrifices of Germanic religion tended to be communal instead of communal is practical: it was no easy task to slaughter large animals such as cows and horses (see more examples here and here). An individual could slaughter a cock or pig on his own, but aContinue reading “Why Were Germanic Sacrifices Usually Communal?”

Dutch Folklore About Stinging Nettles

Written by Dyami Millarson Rembert Dodoens, whose family originally comes from Frisia, is known for having published a Dutch plant book titled Cruydt-boeck in 1554. Dodoens was born in 1517, which is the exact year that marks the end of the MIddle Ages if we use the Protestant Reformation as the event that marks theContinue reading “Dutch Folklore About Stinging Nettles”

Eating Strong Animals Made Germanic Polytheists Strong

Written by Dyami Millarson We know the modern adage, you are what you eat. The ancient polytheists of the Germanic world had this folk wisdom as well, and it was so profound a wisdom to them that it was a basic principle of religion to them: having sacrificed a strong animal according to the ancientContinue reading “Eating Strong Animals Made Germanic Polytheists Strong”

Essential Germanic Polytheism: Strength in Numbers

Written by Dyami Millarson The idea of strength in numbers is the essence of Germanic polytheism. The plurality of the divine or numinous world is seen as a sign of strength. The fact that the Gods are many/plural is what makes them strong. As polytheists, the Germanic peoples worshipped the Gods in groups of two,Continue reading “Essential Germanic Polytheism: Strength in Numbers”

Terugkeer des heidendoms: middeleeuwen, drukpers en protestantisme

Geschreven door Dyami Millarson Het protestantisme was een hulp voor het heidendom. De Reformatie was een volksopstand tegen de gevestigde orde. Deze volksopstand verzwakte de kerk. Als gevolg ontstond er meer vrijheid en ruimte voor het heidendom. De kerk had het heidendom – dat verweven was met het christendom – eeuwenlang onderdrukt. De kerkelijke onderdrukkingContinue reading “Terugkeer des heidendoms: middeleeuwen, drukpers en protestantisme”

The Centuries of the Oppression of Paganism

Written by Dyami Millarson The Centuries of the Oppression of Paganism or Oppressive Centuries may be an alternative name for the Middle Ages. The transition from the Middle Ages to the post-medieval centuries was one characterised by a renewed interest in paganism. People euphemistically call this a renewed interest in classical culture, but what theyContinue reading “The Centuries of the Oppression of Paganism”

The Role of Protestantism in the Pagan Resurgence

Written by Dyami Millarson Protestantism, which was a development that inaugurated the coming end of the medieval order, was a destabilising force for the Church in Northwestern Europe. While the popular revolution in Northwestern Europe weakened the medieval Church elite, it also inaugurated a great pagan resurgence in Europe. The old Church elite had beenContinue reading “The Role of Protestantism in the Pagan Resurgence”

There Are Simply Many Gods

Written by Dyami Millarson Based on the nature of Germanic folk religion, the principle emerges that there are simply, naturally or totally many Gods. This is the only traditional Germanic principle on the quantity of Gods. If the multitude of Gods was the norm in Germanic religion, how could it be successfully propagated across generationsContinue reading “There Are Simply Many Gods”

Germanic Folk Religious Adoration of Blood

Written by Dyami Millarson The early Germanic peoples were fascinated with blood. When studying Germanic folk religion, the centrality of blood as a topic and symbol has been often overlooked or deliberately ignored due to modern negative conceptions – as well as fear – of blood. In the ancient Germanic world, blood was highly respected.Continue reading “Germanic Folk Religious Adoration of Blood”