Sunday, May 24, 2009
Why a Folk Needs its Gods and Why the Gods Need their Folk
Obtaining and maintaining a connection with the Gods of one`s Folk is a vital prerequisite for the biological survival of that Folk. A Folk who have lost that connection or whose connection has been weakened will suffer racial deterioration and finally extinction as a biological, genetic and cultural entity.
As long as a Folk`s Gods continue to be honoured and remembered the Folk will survive and eventually will flourish. In a very real sense the survival of the Folk is dependant on the survival of its Gods and the survival of a Folk`s Gods is dependant upon the survival of their Folk.
The pre-christian Germanic sacred writings, especially the Eddas make it clear that our Gods were never considered immortal in the sense that we consider the term. They were subject to injury and maiming[the loss of Tyr`s arm, Odin`s eye, Hodur`s blindness and the lodging of the fragment of a stone axe in Thor`s head]. They were also subject to ageing as indicated by the story of the theft of the Goddess Idun`s apples which maintained the youthfullness of the Gods.
The Gods can also die as many of them will in Ragnarok and as some already have such as Baldur, Hodur and Nanna.
The Gods differ from mortals in the sense that they have greater strength, wisdom, might, power, beauty and longevity but they are still subject to the same forces as we are.
We are in a very real sense the children of the Gods as evidenced in not only the Germanic creation myths but in the Lay of Rig[Heimdall] who fathered the three Germanic castes.
Germanic kings used to trace their lineage to the God Odin/Woden/Wotan as any examination of writings such as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles will confirm.
There are some[usually those of the christian persuasion] who criticise attempts at reviving the religion and spirituality of the Aryan peoples, belittling such attempts by referring to it as reconstructionism. However this criticism is unjust. The christian churches embarked on a wholscale cristianisation of the Germanic peoples and attempted to obliterate any trace of our Gods and religion. However they were only partially successful. Many christian monks and scribes from whatever motives they had did us a service by committing many of our myths and legends to parchment and it is from these myths, Eddas, legends and sagas that we are able to get a glimpse at the spiritual and religious practices of our forefathers.
However our religion is not fossilised into a `Religion of the Book` as the the religions of the jews, christians and muslims: it is a vital and evolving religion which at the same time is both rooted in our ancient past but looks towards the future. A religion must be dynamic not static else it will die.
A good example of such a religion or an interpretation of it is the Cult of Woden or Woden`s Folk.
The Gods have not gone away but for centuries they have been slumbering, awaiting the time that they should once again be revealed to the Folk in all their glory.
Jung in his 1936 essay Wotan likens the Gods to psychic forces or archetypes:
"Archetypes are like riverbeds which dry up when the water deserts them, but which it can find again at any time. An archetype is like an old watercourse along which the water of life has flowed for centuries, digging a deep channel for itself. The longer it has flowed in this channel the more likely it is that sooner or later the water will return to its old bed."
And also: "There are people in the German Faith Movement who are intelligent enough not only to believe but to know that the god of the Germans is Wotan and not the Christian God."
Robert Blumetti simplifies this idea very well in Vrilology The Secret Science of the Ancient Aryans: "The Gods and Goddesses are asleep within our very DNA. They are waiting to be called back and once again forge a new bond between mortal and immortal."