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    How Are You Germanic?

    Recently I was thinking about the cultural aspects of Germanic cultural admiration and preservation. Then I thought about what modern people who claim to preserve Germanic culture actually do in their daily lives, including Germanics here, besides by blood and linguistically. That makes me want to ask:

    How are you Germanic?

    And, to follow this question, I will ask a few others that go along with it as possible ideas on what I am thinking of, including:

    What part of your everyday life has to do with being Germanic?
    Do you participate in ' Ancient Germanic' type things (such as for example, sailing, riding, etc), or do you live a strictly modern life?
    Do you have a traditional style job (farmer, shipbuilder, any other occupation that has existed for more than 100 years)?
    Do you tell folk stories and sing folk songs with your children?
    Do you have an interest in Germanic Belief systems (Heathen beliefs)
    Do you have any knowledge of Runes and other Germanic linguistic innovations?
    What kind of superstitions do you have?
    What kind of foods and drinks do you have that other cultures do not?
    Do you have any special holiday customs?

    These are sort of just examples of kinds of things I am curious in knowing about, not as though they are strict guidelines. Also, obviously every sort of culture has had farmers and shipbuilders, but still they seem traditional enough to me :p And for some follow up questions:

    How are your values and parts of your everyday life and culture different from that of other Germanics?

    How are they different than other people who are not Germanic (Modern day French, Modern day Irish, etc.) and do you see yourself as a cosmopolitan?

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    I am not a traditionalist. I am a racialist. The interest in preservation of my race sets me apart from 'modern day Germans'.
    As I've said before, I think our culture is fluid. It changes overtime. Being superstitious made sense centuries ago, but it's silly now. I don't believe there is a monopoly on Germanic culture and that you can define it according to an era you prefer. The aspects of culture that are important to me are, that Germans generally have an uniform culture, for practicality's sake. Example, that we speak the same German language. This needs to be done for communication's sake. An aspect of culture that has to be encouraged is creativity. We are a race of creators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svartljos View Post
    Do you participate in ' Ancient Germanic' type things (such as for example, sailing, riding, etc), or do you live a strictly modern life?
    My lifestyle isn't strictly modern. I participate in such activities every now and then. I like to be in touch with nature also.

    Do you have a traditional style job (farmer, shipbuilder, any other occupation that has existed for more than 100 years)?
    No. I'd like to, but it's not so easy especially in the city.

    Do you tell folk stories and sing folk songs with your children?
    I've not any children yet, but I will once I have some, of course.

    Do you have an interest in Germanic Belief systems (Heathen beliefs)
    Yes, I've some interest in this area even though I'm a Christian (Lutheran).

    Do you have any knowledge of Runes and other Germanic linguistic innovations?
    More about linguistics, something about runes, but I'm no expert.

    What kind of superstitions do you have?
    I'm not really a superstitious person, I've to admit.

    What kind of foods and drinks do you have that other cultures do not?
    I've exemplified some deserts specific of my region in this post for example:
    http://forums.skadi.net/showpost.php...9&postcount=37

    These and others as Schnitzel are in most German countries and regions, of course.

    Do you have any special holiday customs?
    I celebrate the Christian holidays with my family and sometimes friends.

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    This is a whole bunch of questions, I will answer a few

    Quote Originally Posted by Svartljos
    What part of your everyday life has to do with being Germanic?
    Unfortunately, not very much. I try to keep up my personal character set, which isnt easy these days when all the world rants against our values and our very existence.
    So 'being Germanic' is limited in terms of activities to the interest in history and linguistics, followed by a socio-psychological analysis, and that I try to have people around me who resemble a similar / compatible character set.

    Quote Originally Posted by Svartljos
    Do you have an interest in Germanic Belief systems (Heathen beliefs)
    Of course. Where is to say that the belief is only one shade of the system. I think cult and culture are the same, they circle around the same character traits, mutually formed around and developed from the values and virtues, our perception of right and wrong. Our ancestor's stance to their gods was partly very different from that of other cultures, which in turn influenced that our culture was/is different, which required a different character and value set, which formed the societal connections among them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Svartljos
    Do you have any knowledge of Runes and other Germanic linguistic innovations?
    Yes, and one can have never enough of this knowledge

    Quote Originally Posted by Svartljos
    What kind of superstitions do you have?
    Since I'm not religious, I would assume none.
    But I 'believe' in the folk spirit. And to a certain degree I like to personify it, because I think when you see something as a being, it enables you to have a deeper connection to it and feel responsible for it, to care for it and keep it alive.
    The folk spirit is the personfication of our values and virtues and thus our unifying element.

    Sure, our culture wouldnt look like it did 1000 years ago, it would have developed, changed, advanced, even if it had existed uninterrupted.
    Still I think the values and virtues of our ancestors are not wrong today, and there is no reason to abandon them just because they have been set in ancient times.

    Courage, Truth, Fidelity, Hospitality, Discipline, Self-Reliance, Honour, Industriousness, Perseverance

    Each of these virtues require a certain character trait, Honour is not about winning some cups alone, it is also an attribute, being honest and just, Truth contains that one can be trusted, Courage is not about becoming a berserker, but also take the responsibility for one's actions, to dare doing something and taking the risk, and if you are industrious and disciplined chances are good that you get it done with success. And so on.

    They are not outdated nor untrue today. Quite the opposite, returning to these traits that got teached out of us in the last few decades is a crucial part of our preservation. Our societies have dissolved because we lost the connection to our folk spirit.

    This is less about being romantic and reviving ancient customs than returning to our natural state of being.

    Sure, our ancestors saw these values as desirable, but they were partly far from actual being this way. Probably they have only been present in few individuals. Nonetheless, some have been wise enough to recognise that an order built around these values and virtues would be a working, industrious and creative society in constant further development.

    These virtues have an evil downpoint though, and that we should keep in mind when glorifying them. All of them can be turned against us and used to enslave us (basically what happens today). A crucial point in this order is individual freedom (NOT liberalism), the free will and a healthy perception of right and wrong.
    The free will can also be used to follow these values, and that is what many people often forget, that a free will decision is not necessarily one against them.

    But still, only free people can be truely inventive and creative.
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    Well I did find some interesting replies, and for the most part I agree that of course our cultures today aren't going to be the same as our cultures from 500, 1000, or even longer ago. I do think that our modern culture has a lot of stuff spawned from somewhere else, and while I don't think I prefer it this way, it's true in my own life as well. Even most of the sports I play aren't very Germanic in origin (although the Germanics do well at them). I don't feel particularly Germanic sitting at a computer, whereas even though it is an entirely romanticised idea in my head going for a hike in the woods or a mountainous area feels thoroughly Germanic :p

    Although preserving our culture is at least equally important as preserving our folk, I don't do a very wonderful job of it myself. I do think it is important to have some knowledge of our past though, because it does help set us apart from a Japanese, an Irish, or a post-modern multi-kulti Americanised culture (even though we may be a lot more similar to them culturally than we think we are. PS that wasn't a jab at Americans, more the fast-food modern melting pot culture). I think a big part of the picture that I am missing (and others) is that I don't try to contribute to a common Germanic (or even common to our own ethnic groups) culture. I rarely write, I never make music, and I have never been involved in drama/dance/paint/other cultural activities as an adult.

    I will agree however that today, in modern times (and the way things currently are) it helps that we can linguistically and ethnically define ourselves as Germanic since we have been thrust into a vacuum where culture (besides pop culture, I suppose, but I cringe at it :p How many times do I hear Michael Jackson in the day if I turn on the Television?) isn't really a normal everyday part of people's lives, although we do still celebrate holidays which is good :p. Once it gets to the level of 'annual gift day' then I will be a little more worried however.

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