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Hyndla, Patron of Genealogists
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Hyndla, Patron of Genealogists

I think the Norse giant Hyndla (“She-Dog”) must surely be the Patron of Genealogists. In Hyndluljód (Lay of Hyndla), the hero Óttarr has recklessly bet his entire inheritance that his ancestry is more illustrious than Angantyr’s. Now he needs to prove his ancestry so he can claim his inheritance. He’s been a devoted worshiper of the goddess…

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Siting a New House

“A place for a new house was chosen carefully. In Central Serbia, it was believed that the best place to build the house on was the one which a flock of sheep chose as it’s resting place.“ Read More: “New house“, Old European culture (Jan. 16, 2019).

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Norse Totemism

The most common totems in the Norse world, at least among warriors, were the bear, wolf, and raven. We don’t know much about the various totems, but bears were prestigious and aristocratic, while wolves came to be associated with outlaws. Totems are likely connected to ideas of a fylgia, the form the soul takes as…

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A Desert Tree Alphabet

From my chum Anne Brannen. Translating Robert Graves’ Celtic Tree Alphabet into a localized form for the New Mexico high desert. Here’s her explanation: “My own little project has been to translate, as far as I’m able, the trees and plants native to New Mexico into the Celtic Tree pantheon.  I don’t think I’m really…

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Viking Sunstone

“For centuries, it has been a crystal of legend locked in the verses of Norse myth with little or no evidence that it was ever real. Now it seems scientists at last have grounds for believing that the Viking ‘sunstone’ used to navigate the seas did indeed exist.“ Cahal Milmo, “Not just the stuff of…

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Last Pagans

Interesting new book: The Last Pagans of Rome by Alan Cameron. This online reviews says, “Cameron’s mission here is to topple once and for all the “myth” of a concerted resistance movement coordinated by a select group of late fourth-century pagan aristocrats to oppose Christianity’s infiltration of state and society. For more than four decades Cameron’s scholarship…

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Foreign Religions

My dad believed and taught that America as a continent has its own guardian spirits. Christianity and other “foreign religions” could never take root here. Not permanently, anyway. Those of us descended from the European diaspora are living in a time of transition. The ancestral gods we brought with us are native to Europe, not…