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”

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?”

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”

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”

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”

Sigrdrífumál 2-3: A Model for Folk Religious Prayer

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”