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”

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?”

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”

Germanic Cultural Religion

Written by Dyami Millarson The Germanic peoples practised a cultural religion, where culture and religion were blended. While we have established this, we should immediately ask: what were their priorities from the perspective of their cultural-religious worldview? Food was way more prominent in the Germanic cultural-religious worldview than many in the modern world may realise.Continue reading “Germanic Cultural Religion”