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ODINIST FELLOWSHIP
10-22-2013, 01:08 PM
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ODINIST FELLOWSHIP
ODINIST FELLOWSHIP

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WHAT IS ODINISM?

Odinism is the name we give to the original, indigenous form of heathen religion practised by our forefathers, the Angles, Saxons and Jutes, and by the related Teutonic peoples of the Continent.

WHAT OF THE GODS AND GODDESSES?

Odinism is a polytheistic religion. We believe in and honour the life-giving and bountiful gods and goddesses of the Odinic pantheon, whom we refer to collectively as the High Gods of Asgarth, or as the Æsir and Vanir. Our gods are true gods, divine, living, spiritual entities, endowed with power and intelligence, able and willing to intervene in the course of Nature and of human lives. It behoves us to seek their goodwill and succour through prayer and sacrifice. But the gods do not require us to abase and humble ourselves; they do not seek to make of us craven slaves. Odinists therefore do not bow or kneel or kow-tow to the gods, but address them proudly like free, upstanding men and women. Odinists regard our gods, not as our masters, but as firm friends and powerful allies.

WHAT RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS DO ODINISTS OBSERVE?

There never was in ancient times one universally observed calendar of holy days, for the religious festivals celebrated by our forefathers varied according to time and place. The calendar in use by Odinists in this country today is based on some of the festivals most widely celebrated by our ancestors, especially those which have survived as part of our people's folklore. Many church festivals have incorporated elements of heathen customs; and it is now our task to 're-paganise' them.

There are six major feast days. Four mark turning points in the cycle of the natural year; these are the solstices and equinoxes, or quarter-days, of Yule, Easter (named after Ostara, the goddess of Spring), Midsummer's Day and the Harvest Festival. Odinists meet on the eve of these quarter-days to share the Cup of Remembrance. The two other feast days, on which Odinists gather for worship, are the national festivals of Sigurd's Day (23rd April) and Heroes' Day or Einheriar (11th November). The former commemorates England's patron, Sigurd the dragon-slayer, on whom the legend of St. George is based. The latter is a solemn occasion during what our forefathers named the 'month of sacrifices', when they made oblations in honour of their dead. Yule and Midsummer are High Holidays, and Odinists are encouraged to observe them as public holidays dedicated to relaxation and merry-making with family and friends.

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11-15-2013, 09:02 PM
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Looks interesting, thanks.
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