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Thread: Differences Between satr and Anglo-Saxon Heathendom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest_Dweller
    I read that one of the main differences between the Anglo Saxon Woden and the Norse Odin, is that Woden is more of a shamanistic deity rather than a warrior god. He is the guider of souls, god of poetry, transported states of being and inspiration, he never became a warrior god. Overall I don't think there is a huge difference, Odin is basically the same I think, but is also a warrior god.
    You already used the right term, 'become'.
    The differencies are not so much new aspects, but results of development. The continental Woden could not go through this development, because christianity had already pushed him into the wild horde as a rather evil spirit, while in the North he survived much longer as a god and could go through the development.

    Someone who guides is by his nature not that far away from the warrior for example. Because there are situations where guiding alone isnt enough and then you have to fight.

    There is also no difference between poetry and magic, this used to be the same, the galdr are songs of magic, not so much of (only artistic) poetry. And songs and war also come together, the songs of armies used to be incantations to the gods as an asking for support, and as such Woden/Oinn becomes naturally a warrior god.

    Note the difference that Odin was the god for the individual warrior, while Tyr was the god of war. War and Justice arise from the same source of thought, and so Tyr also became the god of justice, whose verdicts though never endured, as one war is followed by the next and the outcome is subject to constant change (although it could be that Tyr's judgements only were pushed into this sphere of unimportance and volatility in christian times, through manipulative interpretations).

    However, the different states of the gods in the various regions and their specific timeline, regardless of the finer details of these differencies (which must be scrutinized very deeply because we have almost no untainted sources, only christian scholar interpretations), do help to decipher the nature of the gods by understanding the underlying principle that leads to the different states of development. Because these often are probably encrypted, but still immediate responses to environment/society changes, and from there you can interprete back to the principle which governs the reaction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heinrich Harrer View Post
    And isn't Wednesday derived from "Wodan's day"?
    Yep, tis that.

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    What is the state of Anglo-Saxon Heathenry? I don't see many of them around any more.

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    Looks like the Fyrnsidu website is still active but I know nothing about those guys.

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    I am on the ASHmail yahoo group, which is fairly active.

    Apparently there are still many local AS groups in America and England that keep to themselves. But the nationals organizations seem to be dead.

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