Walpurgisnacht: Why it has nothing to do with Anglo-Saxon Benedictine nun Walburga but everything with Paganism

A very interesting read.

The Pagan Beanstalk

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written and copyrighted by Týra Alrune Sahsnotasvriunt

Surprisingly the misinformation that Anglo-Saxon Benedictine nun Walburga (710-779), who proselytized in Germany (ironically in Heidheim, “Heathen Home”) is the originator of Walpurgis’ Night and that it is a Catholic holiday is a wide-spread one.
This is even something promoted by German bloggers on wordpress, one of them even mentioning that “some” believe there “might be” Pagan roots to this holiday, but “this has never been definitively proven”.
A rather strange claim to those who have researched sources other than wikipedia or the countless Pagan and witches’ forums, groups and pages on here.

e2ef1bd22365c056b66eba738b479a42 No. No. No. The Christian nun Walpurgis/Walburga had *nothing* to do with Walpurgisnacht, the ancient Pagan holiday…!

A translation of the name Walpurgis might already shed some light on the meaning of this holiday. Wal is a word with many translations and meanings, amongst other things, it means “large” and…

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What’s Cooking?

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

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INGREDIENTS

8 oz. Thinly Sliced Roast Beef
8 Slices Provolone Cheese
2 Large Green Bell Peppers
1 Medium Sweet Onion – Sliced
6 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms – Sliced
2 Tbs. Butter
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 Tbs. Garlic – Minced
Salt and Pepper – to taste

DIRECTIONS

Slice peppers in half lengthwise, remove ribs and seeds.In a large sauté pan over low-medium heat, add butter, olive oil, garlic, mushrooms onions and a little salt and pepper.  Sauté until onions and mushroom are nice and caramelized.  About 30 minutes.Preheat oven to 400°Slice roast beef into thin strips and add to the onion/mushroom mixture.  Allow to cook 5-10 minutes.Line the inside of each pepper with a slice of provolone cheese.  Fill each pepper with meat mixture until they are nearly overflowing.  Top each pepper with another slice of provolone cheese.Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese on top is golden brown.
Prep Time – 15 Minutes
Cook Time – 50 Minutes
Makes Servings: 4
Per Serving:
Calories – 458
Protein – 27 g
Carbs – 8.5 net g
Fat – 36 g

Viking Age Burial Site Yields Two Men Holding Hands

Author C.J. Adrien

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Archeologists from the University of Norway Oslo have discovered the skeletal remains of two people holding hands in a burial found 17km from the town of Trondheim in Northwestern Norway earlier this week. Evidence of their gender initially led researchers to conclude that the couple were a man and a woman. Following laboratory tests of several samples, however, it was revealed that both skeletons were those of men. The find has trumped scientists.

“It’s a very odd thing to have discovered, really,” said lead researcher Dr. Ole Grjotgardsson at a press conference in Oslo Monday. “The fact that they’re buried together changes a great deal about what we know in terms of how homosexual couples were regarded by Norse society. These were men of high status, which means that at some level such unions were accepted by certain communities.”

What has confused researchers further is the apparent use…

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How thousands of Icelanders suddenly started worshiping the Norse gods again

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High priest Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson with a procession of fellow members of the Asatru Association, a contemporary Icelandic pagan society, at the Pingvellir National Park near Reykjavik in 2012. (Silke Schurack/Reuters)

…the old Norse gods have once again emerged from the clouds to claim a people once theirs. For the first time in more than 10 centuries, thousands of Icelanders soon will be able to worship Thor, Odin, Frigg and others at a temple on which construction begins this month. Not since the collapse of the Viking age has anyone overtly worshiped at the altar of a Norse god in Iceland, which banned such displays of reverence at the rise of Christianity.

The degree of religiosity among the church’s denizens, however, is a matter of debate. “I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet,” Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, a high priest of the Norse god religious church, Asatruarfelagio, told Reuters. “We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.”

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The people of Iceland were never sold on Jesus. “From the time of Iceland’s formal adoption of Christianity as the official state religion in the year 1,000 C.E., Iceland has never been a fanatically Christian country nor particularly orthodox in its Christianity,” wrote scholar Michael Strmiska ofSUNY Orange. “A strong case can be made that the acceptance of Christianity was motivated more by economic and political considerations than authentic Christian fervor. … Good political and economic relations with Christian Europe depended on at least a semblance of Christian conversion, and so this semblance was achieved.”

Indeed, even as Christian governments authored increasingly restrictive measures on non-Christian faiths, the old ways glowed. Even today, when walking the streets of Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik, pedestrians will find many streets named after Norse gods. And “a very large number of Icelandic personal and surnames are formed from ‘Thor,’” wrote Strmiska.

Read the whole article here.

The Death and Cremation of Thor von Reichmuth

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On April 5, at 2:16am, 7-year-old Thor von Reichmuth died after a two year battle with cancer. He was at his home in the Minneapolis area, with his mother and father and surrounded by his stuffed animals.

Most obituaries in The Wild Hunt are of famous authors, well known teachers, or founders of a Pagan Tradition. They are of adults whose life’s work, spanning multiple decades, impacted hundreds or thousands of people in our collective religious communities. Thor didn’t have decades, but his death and the way he lived his life have deeply affected the Heathen community worldwide.

Robert Rudachyk said:

Even though our community is a fractious one often torn by fighting, we were all brought together in hope that this young child could find the strength to defeat his nemesis. Sadly they were too evenly matched. Like his namesake battling the Midgard Serpent, he was only able to defeat his cancer at the cost of his own life.

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