The conflict between pagan and Christian views crystallized around the dichotomy Hvítakristr and Red Thórr, becoming a recurring theme in events saga near the time of conversion, as in this poem
contempt for Steinunnn, mother Chorus Gestasson, describing how Thórr sank the ship from a Christian priest, Thangbrand, showing Steinunn Christ thus was the weakest God:
|Þórr Bra Þvinnils dýri
Þangbrands or Stad Longu,
hristi Bord beysti ok
ok bards Laust við Jordu;
munat skid hum SAE Sidan
sundfært Atals grundar,
hregg því in hart Tok leggja,
hanum kennt, í Spânu.
|[Thórr altered the course of Thangbrand
horse long Thvinnil 1 ,
he threw and hit
the board bow 2 and broke
it to solid ground;
the Atall bedding ski 3
shall not be later floating in the sea
as the gale disastrous caused by it all chipped in kindling.
|Braut fyrir bjollu gæti
(bond Raku val strandar)
móstalls vísund allan;
hlífðit Kristr, Tha er kneyfði
knorr, málfeta varrar;
Litt hygg ek in Gud Gaetti
hreins Gylfa in einu.
|The killer’s relatives’ ogresses 4
sprayed completely bison mew perch- 5
bell Guardian 6
(the gods chased the stallion chain 7 )
Christ did not take care of step sea tile 8
when the cargo-boat disintegrated;
I think God -kept
reindeer Gylfi 9 at all.
It was during this period of conflict between religions that Thórr hammer amulets, Mjollnir, the increase in popularity as ornaments, perhaps in response to Christians weraing the symbol of the cross. Jewellers were still hedging their bets by making foundry molds crosses and Thórr hammer simultaneously, as shown by this mold soapstone tenth century, found in Trendgården, Jutland, Denmark.
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.”
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.
Historically, Christianity has gotten all the credit for the defense of Europe against Islamic invasions. Fair enough; Christian warriors fought the decisive battles against Islam on European soil that saved the West – notably Tours in 732 CE and Vienna in 1683 CE. Followers of Germanic religion might have made a bigger contribution, but we had been driven to the fringe of Europe long before Muslim armies arrived on our doorstep.
However, men sworn to Asatru were fighting Muslims in the Middle East at an early date. These were members of the Varangian Guard, the elite troop in service to the Byzantine emperor. A treaty between the Norse Rus and the Byzantines was sealed in 911 CE, regulating the military service of Scandinavians in the Empire. At this early date, many or most of these men would have been Asatru.
The most famous Varangian was Harald Hardrada of Norway. Harald himself was at least nominally Christian, but many of the men who fought alongside him would not have been. Under Harald, these warriors stormed through the Middle East. In one campaign they reportedly seized eighty Muslim strongholds and attacked Jerusalem itself. On another occasion they fought to win Sicily back from Muslim control.
Read more of this interesting article here …Steve McNallen
Anybody who follows a fucking religion where a person could construe from church doctrine that there is something “sinful” about being born without the benefit of a father … that person has no brains to think with!
I pray the goddamned Roman Catholic nuns who did this will burn forever in the hell they created. If not there then I pray they are sent to Náströnd, in Hél, to be chewed on forever by Nidhogg.
“The Irish government has acknowledged mounting calls to investigate a mass grave where almost 800 “illegitimate” babies and children are believed to have been buried.
The remains are near the site of a former home for unmarried mothers and their children in Tuam, County Galway.
The children were buried together, without a coffin or gravestone, and dumped in a former concrete septic tank.
…The St Mary’s home in Tuam was run by Catholic nuns and housed women dealing with the “shame” of having a baby out of wedlock.”
Read the rest of the shocking story here.
Ēostre is a celebration of the spring equinox. It was celebrated millennium before Christianity. Ēostre is pronounced “East – rah“. Rabbits and eggs were considered sacred at this time of year as symbols of fertility.
Ēostre is still celebrated … in fact … Heathens and Pagans celebrated Ēostre or Ostara last month on the 20th.
For 20 years I was a member of an independent Christian church. To avoid confusion between a Heathen Holy Day and Christian Holy Day some of their scholars began calling Easter by the phrase “Resurrection Sunday”.
I think every Christian would take that advice and maybe forget about the bunnies and eggs too.