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  Germanic paganism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Germanic paganism refers to the religion of the Germanic nations preceding Christianization.
The majority of the evidence for Germanic paganism, both written and monumental, was likely intentionally destroyed when Christianity slowly gained dominant political power in Germania and later Scandinavia throughout the mediæval period.
Although perhaps singularly most responsible for the destruction of pagan sites, including purported massacres such as the Bloody Verdict of Verden and the subsequent dismantling of ancient tribal ruling systems, the Frankish emperor Charlemagne is said to have acquired a substantial collection of Germanic pre-Christian writings, which was deliberately destroyed after his death.
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 Germanic paganism
This is connected with the sacral position of the king in Germanic paganism: the king is charged with interacting with the divine on behalf of his people, so that the general population saw nothing wrong with their kings choosing their preferred mode of worship.
Thus early Germanic Christianity was presented as an alternative to native Germanic paganism and elements were syncretized, for examples parallels between Woden and Christ.
This tie between the Christian religion and Germanic nobility is perceptible in the German Holy Roman Empire of the High Middle Ages, and the division from Roman Christianity was latent in the chronic power-struggle between the Emperor and the Pope.
www.libraryoflibrary.com /E_n_c_p_d_Germanic_paganism.html   (2960 words)

 Pagan Terms - Online Blessings
The term applies to Hinduism, Shinto, pre-Migration period Germanic paganism as described by Tacitus, Celtic Polytheism as described by Julius Ceasar, and the Graeco-Roman religion.
Norse paganism or Nordic religion - A term used to describe the spectrum of religious ideas which were common amongst the Germanic tribes living in Nordic countries prior to the advent of Christian missionary activity in Northern Europe.
Norse paganism is therefore a subset of Germanic paganism, which was practiced in the lands inhabited by the Germanic tribes across most of Northern and Central Europe until the end of the Viking Age.
www.onlineblessings.com /worldreligions/pagan-terms.html   (480 words)

 Germanic paganism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The living remnants of the Germanic pre-Christian religion may be regarded as an indigenous ancestral faith, as Shinto is for the Japanese.
Most sources documenting Germanic paganism have been lost, and it is only from Iceland that there is a substantial literature.
Ultimately deriving from Indo-European religion, Germanic paganism formed during the 1st millennium BC, during the Scandinavian pre-Roman Iron Age, immediately descending from the Nordic Bronze Age, with influences from neighboring cultures, notably the Celts, and possibly Finnish and Baltic mythologies.
www.punweb.com /article/Germanic_paganism   (1689 words)

 Germanic Neopaganism - The Mind-N-Magick Paganpedia
Germanic neopaganism is the modern revival of historical Germanic paganism.
Organized Germanic pagan or occult groups such as the Germanische Glaubens-Gemeinschaft emerged in Germany in the early 20th century.
Germanic Neopagan organizations generally favor democratic and republican forms of church government, as inspired by the parliamentary Things of the Viking era and subsequent parliamentary systems of Britain and the Scandinavian countries.
paganpedia.mind-n-magick.com /wiki/index.php?title=Germanic_Neopaganism   (3450 words)

 Paganism Summary
Paganism (from Latin paganus, meaning "a country dweller" or "civilian") is a blanket term which has come to connote a broad set of western spiritual or religious beliefs and practices of natural or polytheistic religions, as opposed to the Abrahamic monotheistic religions.
The term pagan is from Latin paganus, an adjective originally meaning "rural", "rustic" or "of the country." As a noun, paganus was used to mean "country dweller, villager." In colloquial use, it would mean much the same as calling someone a 'bumpkin' or a 'hillbilly'.
In one well-established sense, Paganism is the belief in any non-monotheistic religion, which would mean that the Pythagoreans of ancient Greece would not be considered Pagan in that sense, since they were monotheist, but not in the Abrahamic tradition.
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 Neopaganism - The Mind-N-Magick Paganpedia
Since the term Pagan was coined from an Abrahamic viewpoint, summarizing non-Abrahamic religions, Neopaganism may be defined as "post-Christian" new religious movements (or, in the recent case of Judeo-Paganism, "post-Judaistic"), and is pronouncedly a modern phenomenon with its roots in early 19th century Romanticism.
These trends of pagan revival reached Germany with the late 19th century Völkisch movement, which was to become one of the main roots of 20th century Neopaganism.
The usage of the term is further complicated by paganism apparently having arisen in the 18th or 19th century at the earliest as a term for a primitive state of religious belief, rather than a group of beliefs.
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 Germanic paganism information - Search.com
The best documented form of Germanic paganism is 10th and 11th century Norse paganism.
Germanic paganism was a polytheistic religion with similarities to other European and West-Asian pagan traditions, such as Finnish paganism, Sami religion, Slavic paganism, Baltic paganism, Roman paganism, Greek paganism and Vedic religion.
Although perhaps singularly most responsible for the destruction of pagan sites, purported massacres such as the Bloody Verdict of Verden and the subsequent dismantling of ancient tribal ruling systems, the Frankish emperor Charlemagne is said to have made a substantial collection of Germanic pre-Christian writings, which was deliberately destroyed after his death.
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 Germanic Paganism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
There are various forms of Germanic Paganism, of which the best known is Asatru, which is based on the Heathen (a native Anglo-Saxon word preferred by many of us over the Latin-derived "Pagan") beliefs of the medieval Scandinavians.
The Germanic peoples (a linguistic term; the speakers of the Germanic languages are rather mixed ethnically) include the English (and the rest of the English-speaking world, originally colonized by England), Lowland Scots, Dutch (and Flemish, Afrikaaners, and Frisians), Scandinavians (Danes, Swedes, Norwegians, Icelanders, and Faroese), and the German-speaking peoples (Germans, Swiss-Germans, Austrians, Luxembourgeois, Pennsylvania "Dutch"...).
Germanic Heathenism is not as well known in the larger Pagan community as are the somewhat related Celtic and Hellenic/"Greco-Roman" (Sophia, put down that Labrys) Paganisms.
home.earthlink.net /~jordsvin/Asatru/Germanic.htm   (1827 words)

The religion of the tenth century Icelanders as described in the sagas is notably different from the religion of the Germanic tribes bordering the Roman Empire as described by Tacitus-- although a comparison between the two yields a continuous core of belief at a deeper level.
The sources and evidence for the actual beliefs and practices of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples are subject to a great deal of interpretation and reinterpretation by philologists, archaeologists, and historians and are being examined by new academic disciplines all the time.
Sumbel is a heathen ritual drinking ceremony based on the ancient Germanic tradition of the drinking of the minni (memory cup).
www.manygods.org.uk /articles/traditions/heathenry.html   (1315 words)

 Germanic Polytheism - Ancient Roman Empire Forums
But from the Germanic point of view, all those who did not share the same faith or spoke their language dialects, they were strangers.
The practise of germanic paganism is considered racist in germany.Due to Hitlers propaganda.
“Germanic” is the modern term we use today to classify the common proto-language and culture of the “Germanic” tribes (all of them, including the ones that later from Scandinavia moved south to Britannia and Germania).
www.unrv.com /forum/index.php?showtopic=2753&st=15   (1328 words)

 Asatru (Norse/Germanic Paganism) - ReligionFacts
The ancient form of the religion is usually referred to as Germanic paganism, Germanic religion, or Norse mythology.
Anglo-Saxon England was converted from Norse paganism to Christianity in the 7th century, Scandinavia in the 10th century.
In the old Germanic religion, the central practice was animal and human sacrifice, conducted in the open or in groves and forests.
www.religionfacts.com /a-z-religion-index/asatru.htm   (1657 words)

 info: Germanic_paganism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
AdviceIf you are new to Germanic Paganism and are interested in meeting other heathens or joining a group there are plenty of resources to help you.
German Memory in Asia: Memories of the Old EuropeGermanic paganism refers to the religious practices of the Germanic nations preceding Christianization.
The well documented form of Germanic paganism is 10th and 11th century Norse paganism.
www.napoli-pizza.net /Germanic_paganism.html   (2459 words)

 Germanic paganism - PaganWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Ultimately deriving from Proto-Indo-European religion, Germanic paganism formed during the 1st millennium BC, during the Scandinavian pre-Roman Iron Age, immediately descending from the Nordic Bronze Age, with influences from neighboring cultures, notably the Celts, and possibly Finnish and Baltic mythologies.
In the Old High German "Merseburg Incantations", the only pre-Christian testimony in the German language, appears a Sinthgunt who is a sister of the sun's (Sol).
Early medieval Scandinavian (Viking Age) paganism is much better documented than its predecessors, notably via the records of Norse mythology, recorded in the Edda, and the Sagas, written in Iceland during 1150-1400.
www.paganwiki.org /wiki/index.php?title=Germanic_paganism   (1597 words)

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While the early Christianization of the various Germanic peoples was achieved by various means, and was partly facilitated by the prestige of the Christian Roman Empire amongst European pagans.
The rise of Germanic Christianity was, thus, mainly due to voluntary conversion, from the 8th century on the Continent mainly pursued by the Anglo-Saxon mission.
The Christianization of Northern Europe in the 11th century was accomplished with a significant amount of violence between pagan and Christian factions, qualifying as generic warfare rather than "persecution".
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 Asatru/Norse Paganism and Germanic Paganism
The mead of Sutung (stanza 140) is like the pre-new-moon dark night of enlightenment, or the drops of elixir in kundalini yoga, or the fountain at the centre of circles of fire in the "Defense of the Chair" in the Taliesin (celtic) tradition.
While glancing through Robert Graves' The White Goddess I found a reference to the original Germanic Sleeping Beauty tale, in which Held (who Graves says is the Nordic ccounterpart of Hera) curses the heroine to death, which is reduced to a century long trance by a wise woman.
The hero has to burst through a terrible hedge of thorn, the thorns turning into roses as he goes, and rescue her with a kiss.
www.nfld.com /~dalton/asatru.html   (1199 words)

 Ásatrú - PaganWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The use of the term Ásatrú for Germanic paganism preceding 19th century revivalist movements is therefore an anachronism.
Lithuania, officially converted in 1386, was the last Pagan stronghold in Europe, and pagan elements only lingered in underground movements, such as the Odin Brotherhood.
Associations with paganism, heathenry, stereotypical vikings and other such "old ways" have always been popular in romantic movements, and as such were adopted by the early racial precursors of national socialism, eventually making their way into contemporary neo-Nazism and causing all the contention evident today.
www.paganwiki.org /wiki/index.php?title=Asatru   (1841 words)

 Germanic Paganism Encyclopedia @ Karr.net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
But one can still find old guest houses in the Germanic nations that...
The above information uses material from Germanic calendar and is licensed under the Wyrd.
Displaying this page or its contents does not use any Norse paganism resources. /encyclopedia/Category:Germanic_paganism   (213 words)

 Asatru, Odinism, Germanic heathenism, paganism: criticism
Neo nazi pagan lawyer Jürgen Rieger und Sachsenhain Verden
A racist pagan organization that idolizes terrorist members of The Order and its slain leader has moved its headquarters to the Spokane area.
While the Aryan Nations wraps its racism around a religion known as Christian Identity -- which contends that white people are the true children of God -- the White Order of Thule is tied to Greek and Norse mythology, and white superiority.
www.stelling.nl /simpos/asatru.htm   (829 words)

 Sixth Century Gaul: Its Roman and Germanic Roots   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
In religion, too, the Germanic roots of the Franks were obvious, though as time wore on, Roman traditions gained greater prominence.
Unlike other Germanic tribes, the Franks were never converted to Arianism, a sect of Christianity decried by the Orthodox as heretical.
Whether in the cities or in the legal code, elements of both Roman and Germanic culture are clearly present in Gregory of Tours’s The History of the Franks and the Lex Salica.
users.ox.ac.uk /~chri2057/z2001rome.htm   (1516 words)

 Call us Heathens
It labels all of Germanic Paganism after just one relatively recent expression of it, and perpetuates the fallacy that we are all simply Viking reenactment enthusiasts.
During the pagan revival in Iceland in the early 1970's, the term Ásatrú was used to refer to the pre-Christian religion of the Icelanders (now, along with Lutherinism, one of two religions officially recognised by the government).
Following the Icelandic example, some of the first Germanic pagan organizations in North American adopted the name Ásatrú, and the presence of groups such as the Asatru Folk Assembly and the Asatru Alliance led to the widespread use of the label in the US.
www.wyrdwords.vispa.com /heathenry/callusheathen.html   (2092 words)

 Norse (Asatru) Reconstructionist Paganism (The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum)
Germanic Mythology -- Attractive hypertext introduction to the mythology, created by by a Germanic studies graduate from Dickinson College.
Germanic Myths, Legends, and Sagas -- A more in-depth exploration of the mythology (including a geography lesson and information about runestones and other artifacts), and is part of a larger site called Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts.
Germanic Contributions to the Neo-Pagan Movement A sweeping overview of esoteric moments of the past several centuries, including a look at the Romantic nationalism of the 19th and early twentieth centuries.
www.ecauldron.com /reconnorse.php   (2916 words)

 Something Old, Something New
Although we have only a few partial descriptions of native Scandinavian spellworking in the Eddas and sagas, those fragments of existing material are not enough to justify most so-called galdr and seidhr work as legitimately Heathen.
Furthermore, the spirits are often said to hate the trappings of Christianity: in a neighborhood where churches, Christian holiday celebrations, and the like are very common, it makes sense that few beings friendly to Heathens would continue to live there.
And granted, the modern belief that most Heathens will live with a patron deity after death seems to be strongly influenced by Christianity: the lore does contain a few references to non-warriors living in some divine residence other than Valhalla, but those cases are an exception to a general rule.
www.geocities.com /ingwibergo/oldnew.html   (1376 words)

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