Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Relationship Between the Gothic *Iggws, Yngvi-Freyr and Kristos

I would like to start this article with an excerpt from Wulf Ingessunu's remarkable latest book At-Al-Land. Aryan Mysteries of the Northern Seas (Black Front Press, 2018):

"The Engles or Angles were the descendants of Ingwe, which we know to be right from the name Ingvaeones given to the peoples of the areas some of the English dwelt. Variants of these root-names exist all over Britain, indeed in the 'Celtic' areas such as Ireland and Scotland-Aengus, Oengus, Angus etc." (page 13)

According to the teaching of the Woden's Folk Religion and its Founder Wulf, Ingwe or Ing is the ancestor of the Angles. This teaching conforms with what we know from Tacitus's Germania about the tripartite division of the continental Germanic peoples into the Ingaevones or Ingvaeones, the Herminones and the Istaevones. I am not going to discuss today the other two tribal groupings as this subject has been covered before on my blogs. I wish to focus solely on the Ingaevones. From this North Sea coastal group came the tribes of the Frisii, the Angles, Saxons and Jutes. The Ingaevones are the Ingwine, which translates as the 'Friends of Ing' and we find the term Ingwine in the Old English epic Beowulf. Pliny however writing in his Natural History lists not just three but five tribal groupings: the Ingaevones, the Istaevones, the Hermiones, the Bastarnae and the Vandili.

We known that the name or word Ing stems from the Proto-Germanic *Ingwaz, which signifies either 'man' or 'son of'. This eponymous ancestor of the Anglo-Saxons is the same deity as Freyr who is also known as Yngvi-Freyr, the divine ancestor of the Ynglinga, the dynasty which ruled ancient Sweden. Snorri Sturlusson refers to this dynasty in his Ynglingatal. Unfortunately this work is not available in an English translation that one can purchase. This is rather strange as it forms the first part of his Heimskringla, the rest of which IS available in English. Thus the only version which I have is in German. The Ynglingatal contains vital information about our Gods which supplements what is already found in Snorri's Prose Edda or Younger Edda. I find it incredulous that a portion of Heimskringla should not be published and that this contains important mythical information. Perhaps I am being overly suspicious?

In the Ynglingatal Snorri continues with his theory that the Gods were merely euhemerised human beings, a typical tactic of those Christians who wrote about the Gods and something which we should not accept on face value. Whilst Snorri was probably sympathetic towards the Gods of his ancestors we need to remember that he was still tainted with the false teachings of Christianity which sought to either demonise our Gods or to deny their existence. Ynglingatal tells us of the 'death' of both Odin and Freyr. I will now quote from the relevant passage regarding the 'death' of Freyr:

"Nach Njoerds Tod bekam Frey die Herrschaft. Er wurde Herrscher der Schweden genannt, und diese zahlten ihm nun die Koenigsabgaben. Er war allseits beliebt und an Gluecksjahren so reich wie sein Vater. Frey errichtete einen grossen Tempel in Uppsala. Dorthin verlegte er auch seine Haupstadt und liess in diese Einkauefe aus Land und losen Geldern fliessen, Damals began der 'Reichtum von Uppsala', der seitdem immer anhielt. Zu seiner Zeit fing der 'Frodi-Friede' an, und damals gab es auch fruchtbare Jahre durch alle Lande. Das fuehrten die Schweden auf Frey zurueck. Deshalb verehrte man ihn mehr als die anderen Goettern, da zu seiner Zeit in Folge des Friedens und der guten Jahre das Volk reicher wurde als jemals zuvor. Gerda, die Tochter Gymirs, war seine Frau. Ihr gemeinsamer Sohn hiess Fjoelnir. Ein anderer Name Freys war Yngvi. Der Name Yngvi wurde noch  lange Zeit danach in seinem Geschlecht als Ehrenname gebraucht, und seine Nachkommen nannten sich spaeter 'Ynglinge'.
"Nun wurde Frey krank, und als seine Krankheit schlimmer wurde, berieten sich seine Leute untereinander und liessen nur wenige Menschen zu ihm. Sie errichteten einen grossen Grabhuegel und machten Eine Tuer und Fenster daran. Und als Frey tot war, trugen sie ihn Heimlich in den Huegel und sagten den Schweden, dass er noch am Leben waere. So verwahrten sie ihn dort drei Jahre lang und schuetteten alle Abgaben in den Grabhuegel. Durch das eine Fenster das Gold, durch das andere Silber, und durch das dritte Fenster die Kupfermuenzen. So geschah es, dass Frieden und Fruchtbarkeit noch weiter anderdauerten."  (Die Sage von den Ynglingen, translation from Old Norse to German by Grimnir Harbardson, 2013)  

Wotans Krieger's translation:

"After Njord's death Freyr received the rule. He was named the ruler of Sweden, and they paid to him now the royal taxes. He was popular with everyone and in his lucky years as rich as his father. Frey built a great temple in Uppsala. He also moved his capital city there and let his possessions and money from the country flow into it. Then began the 'wealth of Uppsala' which has remained ever since. During his time began the 'peace of Frodi', and at that time there were also fruitful years throughout all the country. The Swedes ascribed that to Freyr. Therefore he was worshipped more than the other gods because in his days due to the peace and the good years the people became richer than ever before. Gerda, the daughter of Gymir was his wife. The son that they had together was called Fjolnir. Another name for Freyr was Yngvi. The name of Yngvi a long time after that was used as a name of honour in his race and his descendants were later called Ynglinger.
"Now Freyr became sick and as his sickness became worse his men consulted amongst themselves and allowed only a few people to approach him. They built a great grave mound in which they made a door and a window. And when Freyr was dead they carried him secretly into the mound and told the Swedes that he was still alive. Thus they watched over him there for three years long and poured all the taxes into the grave mound. Through the one window the gold, through the other silver and through the third window the copper coins. So it happened that peace and fruitfulness still continued to last."

Now it is quite possible that a great human king of the Swedes called (after) Freyr did indeed exist but it is perfectly plausible that he embodied the qualities of the God or as many of us would say he was an embodiment of the archetype or was indeed an avatar. This is all possible. That does not in any way negate the reality of the separate existence of the God Himself of course. It is also possible that the Swedes having forgotten the name of their great king thus named him after one of their principal deities. This same God Yngvi-Freyr as I have said was worshipped not only by the Swedes but by the Anglo-Saxon tribes. Even the way in which the English pronounce England is not 'england' as the Germans would say but Ing-land. I believe that this is a significant folk memory that has lingered on for hundreds of years.

After reading and rereading Wulf's words on Ing I suddenly had the realisation that this Anglo-Saxon and Swedish deity was also linked to the Gothic family of Gods. I refer my readers to the excellent albeit relatively short work on the Goths by Edred Thorson, The Mysteries of the Goths. In this work Edred identifies four Gothic deities: Gauts (who I have an ancestral link to), *Teiws, *Fairguneis and remarkably *Iggws who Edred identifies as Yngvi-Freyr:

"Scant but compelling evidence points to the worship of a god known from common Germanic times as *Ingwaz, the earth-god. Ingwaz has been identified as a Vanic deity in the north, and his name is linked with that of Freyr, whose name is really a title, "the Lord". The combination of Yngvi-Freyr is known in Sweden, and Yng- may have indeed been the root of the true name of the god who went by the title the Lord (Freyr) in the north. In the Gothic realms there is evidence for the presence of this god, and further evidence that he was consciously syncretized with the new Christian cult. Ingwaz was the older rune-name for the /ng/ sound. As we see with the Gothic writing system, the /gn/ sound is spelled with a double /g/ in imitation of the Greek orthography. However, Ulfilas used the name *iggws for the Greek letter X (chi), which was used almost exclusively in Gothic for writing the name of Christ. Ulfilas has gone well out of his way to use the name *iggws and to attach it to a letter which is primarily a label for the name of the hero of the new religion."

So here we have a direct link between Ing/Yngvi-Freyr and the Christ archetype of the New Testament. Indeed a further synchronicity is found in one of the titles of the Christ-the 'son of man'. This is one of the meanings of Ing. Indeed according to Tacitus He was the son of Mannus, the son of Tuisto:

"In ancient lays, their only type of historical tradition, they celebrate Tuisto, a god brought forth from the earth. They attribute to him a son, Mannus, the source and founder of their people, and to Mannus three sons, from whose names those nearest the Ocean are called Ingvaeones, those in the middle Herminones, and the rest Istvaeones. Some people, inasmuch as antiquity gives free reign to speculation, maintain that there were more sons born from the god and hence more tribal designations-Marsi, Gambrivii, Suebi, and Vandilii-and that those names are genuine and ancient." (Tacitus, Germania 2.2, J.B. Rives translation)  

I find it remarkable that we have two points of synchronicity between Ing and Christ, the titles 'Lord' and 'son of man'. When it comes to the Bible not everything is as it seems and we must remember that this work contains plagiarisms from other cultures, notably the Aryan and the Babylonian (a fact recognised by the Founders of both Wotansvolk in the USA and Woden's Folk in England). The link between the divine ancestor of the Anglo-Saxons and the Christ may be a useful tool that we can use in order to 'reach out' to other folkish English people or people of English descent who still cling to the Christian religion. Ing may be used as a 'bridge' to bring people in to folkish Wodenism.  There are other things that I would like to say about this but this is enough to reflect on for now!

1 comment:

runebinder said...

the Gothic bible uses the word Fráuja for christ which clearly has the same root...