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    Which Germanic Folk Has Preserved Most Heathen Tradition?

    Could it be the English?!?

    Is it not true that amongst our people the Gods are more often mentioned in ordinary life than among any of our cousins across the sea...

    Germans have their Mittwoch now, but our Woden's Day is still going strong. I occasionally drive through a town called Wednesfield... The Elves are represented nearby at Alphin Pike. A good friend of mine lives at Harrow [heathen temple] on the Hill. The Deutschers have Ostern but I hear the Nordics have lost Easter to the Hebrew Pesach in one of its distorted forms. Though I suppose Yule has lasted better in the North..

    If only we'd kept our month-names.

    In addition to the Germanic heritage we also have kept up a huge amount of pre English folklore, witness our various local festivals, well dressings, horn dances, giants, fairies and ghostly black dogs...

    Anyone care to contradict me?

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    Re: Which Germanic Folk has preserved most Heathen tradition?

    Of course, I'm not interested in contradicting you, and I lack any evidence that would actually speak against what you're saying. Until I do, I'll happily go along with you on this one!

    How about personal names? Are heathen names more common among the English than among the other nations? How could we test it? I think there are lists showing the 100 most common names in given countries — we could say that the nation who has the most heathen names in the top 100 wins the personal name category. Lots of those lists are by country, though, so for nations that span multiple countries (like the German nation, for example), we'd have to average them or something.

    Does anyone know where we can find the 100 most common given names of any (each?) Germanic country?

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    Re: Which Germanic Folk has preserved most Heathen tradition?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leofric
    Are heathen names more common among the English than among the other nations? How could we test it? I think there are lists showing the 100 most common names in given countries — we could say that the nation who has the most heathen names in the top 100 wins the personal name category.
    Does anyone know where we can find the 100 most common given names of any (each?) Germanic country?
    Good idea!
    I think on Skadi we've at least seen links at various times to just such a thing for Sweden, Germany and Britain. Now, where the Devil are they? ...

    I'm not sure we'd do very well there, though. Showbiz is better represented than Asgard in most countries I'm afraid!

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    Re: Which Germanic Folk has preserved most Heathen tradition?

    Yeah, I know what you mean. That and the Bible. Everyone's rate per hundred would probably be pretty low. But it would serve as a basis for comparison.

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    Re: Which Germanic Folk has preserved most Heathen tradition?

    http://www.behindthename.com/top/

    The top 100 for several countries including ENgland, Sweden, Norway, USA and others...

    I had a little look, but I just got depressed. People are SO STUPID. God Almighty! How can you give such names to your own progeny???

    EDIT: THANKYOU NORGE! You've just cheered me up no end!
    Look at which name is at no. 76 here, you won't believe it! :-
    http://www.behindthename.com/top/lists/100no2004.php

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    Re: Which Germanic Folk has preserved most Heathen tradition?

    I would have thought Scotland. There are many villages who still have folk customs to appease their trows, selkies and kelpies.

    Hogmanay, Samhain, Beltane and Lammas are huge public festivals up here as is Up Helly Aa in Orkney and Shetland
    In addition there are lots of smaller traditions too, such as The Burryman which I posted about today.

    It’s still considered extremely bad luck to cut down a rowan tree, I don’t know anyone who would even consider doing that, even though few may know where the prohibition came from.


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    AW: Which Germanic Folk has preserved most Heathen tradition?

    Iceland. Heathenry has a legal status as a religion there.

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    Re: Which Germanic Folk has preserved most Heathen tradition?

    Without a doubt:
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    Sweden:
    77.Mohammed 0.311 (+5)
    http://www.behindthename.com/top/lists/100sw2004.php

    Here is Germany:
    http://www.beliebte-vornamen.de/2005.htm

    Compare with 1900:
    http://www.beliebte-vornamen.de/1900.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by Valkyrie
    Iceland. Heathenry has a legal status as a religion there.
    Yup. Asatru is recognized by Denmark also.
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    Re: Which Germanic Folk has preserved most Heathen tradition?

    Iceland. many things named after Thor!

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