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Blutwölfin
Saturday, November 26th, 2005, 12:58 PM
Asatru Children's ABC
by Nathan Pinkerton

A is for Asgard, where the Gods spend their day.
B is for Bifrost, between the worlds it lay.

C is for Courage, the strength to overcome fear.
D is for Day, she follows Night throughout the year.

E is for Embla, the mother of us all.
F is for Freyja, chooser of those who fall.

G is for Gungnir, from its course it never strays.
H is for Heimdall, his horn, Gjallar, he plays.

I is for Iduna, keeper of the apples of gold.
J is for Jormungand, around the earth, his tail he holds.

K is for Kvasir, from his blood came inspiration.
L is for Lore, the stories for our edification.

M is for Mjollnir, Jotuns it smites.
N is for the Norns, the Wyrd they write.

O is for Odin, he, who Fenrir shall fight.
P is for Protection, given by Thor's great might.

Q is for Question, for knowledge to gain.
R is for Ragnarok, when all begins again.

S is for Sigurd, the slayer of the dragon.
T is for Thor, thundering in his wagon.

U is for Ullr, by whom the hunt is blessed.
V is for the Vanir, by whom nature is dressed.

W is for Wyrd, the web that connects all things.
X is for Xenodochy and the Luck it brings.
*(xenodochy = hospitality... you try thinking of an Asatru related
word that begins with 'X')

Y is for Yggdrasil, where Odinn hung alone.
Z is for Zisa, by whom peace is sown.

Blutwölfin
Saturday, November 26th, 2005, 12:59 PM
Asatru Children's ABC
by Nathan Pinkerton

A is for Asgard, where the Gods spend their day.
B is for Bifrost, between the worlds it lay.

C is for Courage, the strength to overcome fear.
D is for Day, she follows Night throughout the year.

E is for Embla, the mother of us all.
F is for Freyja, chooser of those who fall.

G is for Gungnir, from its course it never strays.
H is for Heimdall, his horn, Gjallar, he plays.

I is for Iduna, keeper of the apples of gold.
J is for Jormungand, around the earth, his tail he holds.

K is for Kvasir, from his blood came inspiration.
L is for Lore, the stories for our edification.

M is for Mjollnir, Jotuns it smites.
N is for the Norns, the Wyrd they write.

O is for Odin, he, who Fenrir shall fight.
P is for Protection, given by Thor's great might.

Q is for Question, for knowledge to gain.
R is for Ragnarok, when all begins again.

S is for Sigurd, the slayer of the dragon.
T is for Thor, thundering in his wagon.

U is for Ullr, by whom the hunt is blessed.
V is for the Vanir, by whom nature is dressed.

W is for Wyrd, the web that connects all things.
X is for Xenodochy and the Luck it brings.
*(xenodochy = hospitality... you try thinking of an Asatru related
word that begins with 'X')

Y is for Yggdrasil, where Odinn hung alone.
Z is for Zisa, by whom peace is sown.

freya3
Sunday, November 27th, 2005, 02:04 AM
LOVE IT!!!!:thumbsup

Freydis
Sunday, November 27th, 2005, 10:31 PM
That's neat. I'll mail it to the godhi of the kindred I'm vaguely attatched to. His son is 3 months old now, so maybe this'll be useful. :)

Nixie
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006, 12:35 AM
Cool, thanks for this!:thumbup

ladybright
Sunday, November 26th, 2006, 08:53 PM
Now I have to find or draw appropriate pictures and bind it for a solstice present for my daughter.:D

odinsson
Monday, November 3rd, 2008, 06:03 PM
quite interesting:)

Hersir
Monday, November 3rd, 2008, 06:29 PM
Actually, Asgard should be Åsgard, if you arnt using the norse form: Ásgarðr

odinsson
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, 02:08 AM
I do believe it's using the anglicized Norse form.

Carl
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, 08:51 PM
Well it says it for children - even then, they'd need to be reasonably bright! But then, they would be wouldnt they ;)

The entire norse structure hung upon the Great Tree of existence - I mean the nine worlds where all the action seems to occur. Understanding that is quite a problem for most of us....

One group says that 'Asatru is a religion with homework'! :D

Athalwulf
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, 09:32 PM
I don't think this ABC thing is a very good idea. It's the same as what Christian families do by pushing their religion onto their children.

When I have children, I will teach them about the gods, don't get me wrong, but not in this way.

Hauke Haien
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, 10:12 PM
The ABC simply presents information in a way that is easy to memorize for children. There is no pushing involved or needed here, children are simply unable to judge information. For example, I was not asked whether I liked the Latin alphabet and did not consider the question, I simply absorbed the information when my sister began learning it in school and brought her homework to me. Now I am in a position to judge whether it is "true", i.e. good and useful. The text would also fit in a history book for children about the faith of our ancestors. There is nothing wrong with it in my opinion.

Athalwulf
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, 10:31 PM
There is no pushing involved or needed here, children are simply unable to judge information. For example, I was not asked whether I liked the Latin alphabet and did not consider the question, I simply absorbed the information when my sister began learning it in school and brought her homework to me. Now I am in a position to judge whether it is "true", i.e. good and useful.

This is exactly my point. I don't want to push too much onto my children until they are able to understand. I know a lot of Christians who were raised by heavily religious parents and now all they talk about is God without even questioning the obvious fallacies of some of the things that the Bible says. I don't want my kids to be that way.

Hauke Haien
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, 11:01 PM
So, how are you going to teach them anything? I think Christianity has made some people oversensitive about these issues. I also notice this among other atheists. There is no need to be ambiguous about your beliefs, children will disagree soon enough when they grow older. Those zombies you described are a result of pressure and emotional blackmail, not propagandistic nursery rhymes.

odinsson
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008, 02:39 AM
my children won't have the religion pushed on them they will though be encouraged to learn of it though and yes while they are young i will teach them about the gods and other aspect of the religion in an age appropriate manner

Jagerzen
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008, 02:45 AM
I don't push any religion on my children.
My wife is a Christian and I am a Heathen.
Our children are given the option to believe as they choose but are learning to appreciate both sides of the argument.

I like the ABC's though. They're easy to understand and fun for kids.

Psychonaut
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008, 03:00 AM
My wife and I raise our children to know and respect their ancestors and the Gods they worshiped. Neither of us really feels the need to try and pretend to be unbiased and our children know this. I think that raising our children this way will provide them with a much more valuable Folkish base then if we were to present religion as a myriad of equally viable possibilities. That being said, I think this alphabetic rhyme is pretty cool. :thumbup

Jagerzen
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008, 03:25 AM
I agree with you Psychonaut.
My kids aren't told 'oh you can believe whatever you want!"
My wife and I are presenting our biased arguments for our beliefs and they respect their Germanic Folkish traditions as equally as they respect the fact that they are descendants of Europeon Christendom.

odinsson
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008, 03:57 AM
i do think presenting the children with options when they are old enough to understand is just fine its a personal life choice thats pretty much how my parents reacted when they found out i was a heathen although i had to search for my options

Thrymheim
Thursday, November 6th, 2008, 04:05 PM
You would not have to teach it as a religion but as a collection of stories or as a version of history.

Children must be tought our history or we will lose it,

I was tought the Christian/Norse/Roman/Greek myths and tales as a child and I would not say that my Wiccan mother pushed any form of religion on me from those tales.

vidarr
Friday, December 16th, 2011, 11:30 PM
Ok, I know this thread is really old, but I came across this forum thanks to our friend google.

I was wondering if anyone came up with coloring pages for this ABC thing. We have several small children and would love to have them coloring things that are more heathen related.

Thanks!!!