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    No one can claim to know the answers to all the big questions. like is there an all-father(god) or not?

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    There is one thing we all do know for sure. Odinism is the religion of our culture, heritage and people.


    That is why I am an Odinist.

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    I have studied norse mythology which is often forgotten by people of germanic blood. I find it fascinating so in a way I am a heathen. My fathers side of family don't worship heathen but do go to summer scandinavians summer soltices gatherings held in finger lakes during summer. My grandfather went just before he died and was very happy. Also my father wants to take me next summer too. I am guessing my father is a closet heathen.

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    I am an Germanic heathenist for several reasons. Here are a few:

    • Germanic heathenism IS our identity as a people.
    • It embraces strength as an important ingredient for our spiritual path.
    • It builds upon a healthy relationship with nature.
    • Our folkspirit can only speak to us through the spirit which is closest to us as a northern people. That spirit is Germanic heathenism.
    • Germanic heathenism doesn't eat away at our strength and character like monotheism, but rather adds to it.
    • Our gods don't want us to be meek, submissive and full of selfdenial, but they expect us to grow and to strive to greatness.
    • And finally, it is the fabric of my mind and soul!

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    I chose heathenry first and foremost because reading about Germanic/Norse mythology just made me feel at home. I was a christian before I had an athiest period and I was never very happy with either of them.

    Secondly, it IS the soul of our Germanic people. In order for our people to have a revolution on the physical plain we need a revolution on the spiritual plain, a favorite writer of mine said. Christianity, I believe, has castrated the Germanic peoples and stripped them of any meaningful spirituality. Only a revival of our heathen forefathers beliefs can return us our spirituality and return the teeth to the lion which is the Germanic race.

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    quick answer

    How I got to this point of becoming a Heathen was really a whole lot of little things... then BAM!! this is where I should be.

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    First of all, I am a heathen because no other spiritual ideology speaks to me a clearly as does that of our Ancestors. I was not raised in a religious home but I have been heavily exposed to christianity starting at a young age. Even as a small child the religion never felt right to me, it always seemed foreign and unappealing. On the other hand, when I heard of and learned about the ancient Greeks and Romans and their classical religion as I grew older I remember feeling a much stronger connection. I remember wondering why it was that those stories were classified as myths while the bible was supposed to be taken at fact. Eventually I was exposed to the northern Gods in high school, through a social studies class that taught about Wagner's Ring Cycle and the Norse Gods. Even though it was a short class I felt a natural affinity to the northern myths that compelled me to learn more.

    Though I fell in love with the Old Ways as soon as I came in contact with them, for many years I never considered elevating them to the status of a religion. I attempted to find solace in christianity again and again as I grew older, only to be disappointed time after time. Eventually I went to college and became an atheist, but that was too depressing. For a long time I was an agnostic, I would try out various "new age" ideologies and debate the merits of different philosophies, but unfortunately none of that was very fulfilling on a spiritual level.

    Then I had my daughter. When she was born it was like an epiphany, I suddenly realized that we all have a kind of immortality that lives on in our lineage. I became keenly interested in my own ancestry. I started reading history, especially of the Romans and I learned about the origins of the Germanic people. The more I learned the more I "felt at home" I guess you could say. Eventually that led me to Asatru.

    What I love about Asatru is that there are no priests and no "holy men" who are supposedly closer to the gods than the average believer. We are all free to interpret the Gods and the meaning of life on our own terms, yet in spite of this free-form structure we still manage to maintain a surprisingly uniform belief system.

    I think a good analogy would be that heathenism is like Wikipedia whereas the Semitic faiths are more like a decades old printed edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. Neither one can really claim to know the whole truth, but at least Wikipedia can be reviewed and improved upon by the community while the dusty old Encyclopedia Britannica 1950 edition will just stay the same and get gradually more irrelevant as the years go on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnePercent View Post
    First of all, I am a heathen because no other spiritual ideology speaks to me a clearly as does that of our Ancestors. I was not raised in a religious home but I have been heavily exposed to christianity starting at a young age. Even as a small child the religion never felt right to me, it always seemed foreign and unappealing. On the other hand, when I heard of and learned about the ancient Greeks and Romans and their classical religion as I grew older I remember feeling a much stronger connection. I remember wondering why it was that those stories were classified as myths while the bible was supposed to be taken at fact. Eventually I was exposed to the northern Gods in high school, through a social studies class that taught about Wagner's Ring Cycle and the Norse Gods. Even though it was a short class I felt a natural affinity to the northern myths that compelled me to learn more.

    Though I fell in love with the Old Ways as soon as I came in contact with them, for many years I never considered elevating them to the status of a religion. I attempted to find solace in christianity again and again as I grew older, only to be disappointed time after time. Eventually I went to college and became an atheist, but that was too depressing. For a long time I was an agnostic, I would try out various "new age" ideologies and debate the merits of different philosophies, but unfortunately none of that was very fulfilling on a spiritual level.

    Then I had my daughter. When she was born it was like an epiphany, I suddenly realized that we all have a kind of immortality that lives on in our lineage. I became keenly interested in my own ancestry. I started reading history, especially of the Romans and I learned about the origins of the Germanic people. The more I learned the more I "felt at home" I guess you could say. Eventually that led me to Asatru.

    What I love about Asatru is that there are no priests and no "holy men" who are supposedly closer to the gods than the average believer. We are all free to interpret the Gods and the meaning of life on our own terms, yet in spite of this free-form structure we still manage to maintain a surprisingly uniform belief system.

    I think a good analogy would be that heathenism is like Wikipedia whereas the Semitic faiths are more like a decades old printed edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. Neither one can really claim to know the whole truth, but at least Wikipedia can be reviewed and improved upon by the community while the dusty old Encyclopedia Britannica 1950 edition will just stay the same and get gradually more irrelevant as the years go on.
    Pretty much the same here. I started studying the old ways last year and really felt drawn to them, then finally made the switch last year. It just felt right and I havent thought ive made a mistake at all since. If anybody I know is unhappy that ive done this then I wish them well and send them on their way, ive done this for me and not anyone else.

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    I started out in Greco-Roman paganism. It was a horrible experience. Most modern Greco-Roman pagans are just your average neopagan posers with an education in the classics.

    Heathens always seemed to me like a more sensible lot. Better quality people. And I wanted to be a part of it. So I read the Eddas one day and was blown away. Germanic mythology was wonderful. Everything finally clicked for me.

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    As the original poster stated, I also came to Heathenry after studying my family's genealogy. I quit considering myself a Xtian years before and started looking into all religions to find my path. My genealogy showed me that my ancestors came from the Germanic lands. And studying genealogy is all about your ancestors, Germanic Heathenry is all about the Gods and our Ancestors, what better fit.

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    The original definition of heathen is commonly misundertood as most people overlook the real meaning of the word; not adhering to an abrahamic religion, may it be christianity, islam or judaism.

    It must be clear as ice that we are heathen in the eyes of the believers of the abrahamic faiths. But since I have (and I speak for myself only but many will agree) no intensions to live through somebody else their eyes, I don't consider myself heathen. The spiritual tradition I follow, which Thursatru/Ginnveda can be considered as a part of my Germanic origin; it is the closely related tradition that can apply to my Self.

    Another explanation of the term heathen is an uncultured or uncivilized person. Being a Germanic and a part of the Skadi community, no one will agree with being a heathen.
    Conclusion: the question "Why are you heathen?" is rather offensive in my eyes. No need to continue this thread, or must I say threat?

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