Written by Dyami Millarson Norse greetings are usually introduced with the adjective heill. In Dutch, the expression heel aankomen exists, which may be translated as to get there in one piece; to arrive somewhere uninjured. The Dutch adjective heel is apparemtly related to Old Norse heill, and the Dutch adjective is nowadays generally understood asContinue reading “Meaning of Old Norse ‘Heill’ in Greetings”
Written by Dyami Millarson Verses 2 and 3 of Sigrdrífumál provide us with a model for Germanic folk religious prayer: (a) entities are invocated with good luck wishes/greetings, (b) favours are asked immediately after the invocations, and (c) alliterative verse is used for expressing the invocations and requests that may together be interpreted as constitutingContinue reading “Sigrdrífumál 2-3: A Model for Folk Religious Prayer”
Written by Dyami Millarson Vé (holy places, things) are protected by local Gods. The vé is not just dedicated to any number of local divine beings, but it is also their place of habitation. The deities associated with the vé are stead-bound. A similar notion of this stead-boundedness found among the Gods is expressed inContinue reading “Vé as a Place Guarded by Local Gods”
Written by Dyami Millarson Analysing Germanic religion as Thorism, the veneration of Thor, is practical for comprehending Germanic religion since Germanic folk religion is essentially Thorism while Thor was popular among all Germanic peoples. Thor was the God of the Germanic herdsman/farmer. The roaring of thunder did not just speak to his imagination and theContinue reading “Thorism Defines Germanic Folk Religion”
Written by Dyami Millarson The kinds of large animals that the Germanic peoples had domesticated are: hundr (dog), geit (goat), hestr (horse), þjórr/boli/naut/starfr and kýr (bull and cow), uxi/oxi (ox), ær and fær (ewe and sheep), kjúklingr (chicken).
Written by Dyami Millarson The ancient weapons that were common among the Germanic peoples and deities are: geirr (spear), bogi ok ör (bow and arrow), hamarr (hammer), øx (axe), sverð (sword).
Written by Dyami Millarson Large wild animals were an intrinsic part of the nature scenes that influenced Germanic religion. So what were/are the large animals in the Germanic world? Based on the Old Norse vocabulary inherited from Germanic, the large wild animals that belonged to the scenery of the Germanic natural world were: björn (bear),Continue reading “Large Wild Animals in the Germanic World”
Written by Dyami Millarson The Old Norse word for funerary feast is erfi and to hold a funerary feast is erfa. A feast is a substantive banquet in the sense that the food is bountiful and that the food is for multiple guests. Nordic polytheism was all about food because food, the basis of life,Continue reading “Funerary Feast”
Written by Dyami Millarson The Germanic peoples primarily had a two-season system where they divided the year into summer and winter. These are the seasons that contrast the most. All Germanic languages have cognate words for winter and summer. These are truly the most notable words for seasons in all Germanic lamguages as they showContinue reading “Two-Season System”
Written by Dyami Millarson The Germanic peoples reckoned the age of beings in winters because winters were the hardest to survive, while summer the easiest. A cow could be said, for example, to be three winters old; a dog 6 winters; a horse 4 winters; a human child 5 winters. The fact Germanic peoples reckonedContinue reading “Reckoning Age in Winters”