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Thread: Is Heathenry a Folkish Religion or Does It Accept "Outsiders"?

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    I agree on it being cultural, rather than telling others they cant be a Theodsman I would go down the route of trying to encourage them to look at the religion of thier own ancestors, every culture has its folk faith, they should be true to themselves and celebrate thier own.

    As to homosexuals, I am happy for them to join, thier ancestors were mine, I do not promote such goings on but in reality I support freedom and privacy, another persons bedroom habits are none of my business.

    Im aware that homosexual activity/preference is observed in over 150 species, if that tells me anything what with us being Apes is that there is nothing evil about it.

    Rather them than me.
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    If I were running a kindred, I wouldn't interrogate people on their sexual orientations and practices when they joined up. But if they started droning on about their GLBT polyamory BDSM lifestyles, as most of them insist on doing, I would ask them to leave, and advise them to check out more pagan/Wiccan groups where they would better fit in.

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    It all depends who you talk to I guess. Heathens should not accept non Germanic outsiders.It also depends if it is a group or a solitary individual, and which beliefs you are following. I strongly believe that Heathens should be Germanic based and not practice with people from other cultures. This promotes multiculturalism Also, Odin was not gay so why would a gay man worship him..etc? I would feel uncomfortable practicing my beliefs with homosexuals and non Germanic people. I take strong pride in my faith.
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    Not sure what you mean here.
    Anyone who worships other gods than the 3 paulinist (christian) gods are considered heathen. Now, if your question is if a non germanic can worship our gods, I'm sure he can, but I can'treally see the point. Why would anyone worship the gods of another people? Don't they have perfectly good gods themselves?

    Would you worship the chinese gods?

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    Its an ethno-religion or there's no point - folkish faiths are correct by time and place. Though by nature such polytheisms blur with neighbouring religions much as ethnic boundaries are not black and white. This is why folk polytheist societies converted so easily to White Christ. Had the Germanics better knowledge of Buddhism or the like they might have been more resistant, just as Sogdian syncretism persisted long after exposure to Abrahamic religions. Japanese Buddhism easily repelled foreign missionaries centuries later. But the cults of the north failed to provide a counter-narrative to foreign philosophical religion.

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