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?”

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?”

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”

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”

Waarom at men vroeger vaak gevogelte?

Geschreven door Dyami Millarson Gemak dient de mens. Men at vroeger vaak gevogelte omdat het makkelijk is. Vogels zijn overal en het vlees is zacht waardoor het makkelijk te verteren is. Men moet aan de kust leven of in de buurt van wateren om te kunnen vissen. Groot wild is niet bepaald makkelijk te vangen,Continue reading “Waarom at men vroeger vaak gevogelte?”

Islands Were Sacred in Germanic Folk Religion

Written by Dyami Millarson The names Helgoland, Halligen and Fositeland are linguistic reminders that islands were considered sacred by the polytheistic Germanic-speaking ancestors. It is not hard to imagine why islands were considered sacred. Islands feel separated from the rest of the world. One can find the spiritual peace of nature on islands. The isolationContinue reading “Islands Were Sacred in Germanic Folk Religion”

The Semiotics of Sacrifice in Germanic Folk Religion

Written by Dyami Millarson My theological research aim on this blog is studying the interpretation of blood sacrifice in the philosophical or psychological context of Germanic folk religion. Semiotics is generally defined as the study of signs and symbols (*1). I do, however, not see the point of distinguishing signs and symbols in the contextContinue reading “The Semiotics of Sacrifice in Germanic Folk Religion”

A Brief Introduction to Nenets Folk Religion

Written by Dyami Millarson Nenets folk religion or polytheism has also been called Nenets shamanism and Nenets animism (*1, *2, *3, *4, *5, *6, *7, *8, *9, *10). Not unlike Northwestern European polytheism, a characteristic feature of Nenets polytheism is blood sacrifice, particularly in their case the sacrifice of reindeer to the Gods (*6, *8,Continue reading “A Brief Introduction to Nenets Folk Religion”

Blood Sacrifice Is the Distinguishing Feature of Ancient Chinese Religion

Written by Dyami Millarson Taoism prohibits blood sacrifice (see Chinese source here), and Buddhism is against this as well. This means that blood sacrifice is, at least originally speaking, the distinguishing feature of Chinese folk religion, because Chinese religion originally has no prescriptions against this, though influences from Taoism and Buddhism may be present inContinue reading “Blood Sacrifice Is the Distinguishing Feature of Ancient Chinese Religion”