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Aug

14

On The Vanir

The Germanic mythology, like the Vedic mythology, knows two high clans of gods. In character, both clans completely correspond to one another. Among the Teutons, these clans are called the Aesir and the Vanir. The Aesir’s call is to defend the order of the world against its foes. For this reason, they inhabit a realm

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Aug

13

The Saxon Earth Mother

Commonly considered to be the seat of the ancient Saxon religion located near Heresburg (now Obermarsberg) in Northern Germany, the first reference to Irminsul appeared in the Annales Regni Francorum or Royal Frankish Annals (772 AD). During the Saxon wars, Charlemagne repeatedly ordered the idol’s destruction. Rudolf of Fulda (865 AD) describes it in his

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Aug

12

Agni-Heimdall, the Culture-Bringer

~Agni-Heimdall, the Culture-Bringer~ 76) As we have seen, the Indo-European concept of the first human pair was far removed from that of Christian dogma in that they possessed brilliance in reason and holiness in will. One seems rather to have imagined them as gifted but unevolved and as such, easily accessible to evil. Their offspring

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Aug

5

THE WAY TO HADES COMMON TO THE DEAD

It has already been demonstrated that all the dead must go to Hel—not only they whose destination is the realm of bliss, but also those who are to dwell in Asgard or in[Pg 483] the regions of torture in Nifelheim. Thus the dead tread at the outset the same road. One and the same route

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Aug

4

The Two Thingsteads of the Asa

The Asas have two thingsteads: the one in Asgard, the other in the lower world. In the former a council is held and resolutions passed in such matters as pertain more particularly to the clan of the Asas and to their relation to other divine clans and other powers. When Balder is visited by ugly

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Jul

23

MIMIR’S GROVE. LIF AND LEIFTHRASIR.

“ Investigations into Germanic Mythology ” – by VIKTOR RYDBERG Translated and Annotated by William P. Reaves © 2010 All Rights Reserved The grove is called after its ruler and guardian, Mimir’s or Treasure-Mimir’s grove (Mímis holt – Uppsala Codex of Gylfaginning 53; Hoddmímis holt – Vafþrúðnismál 45, Gylfaginning 53). 7 Gylfaginning describes the destruction of the world and its regeneration, and then relates how the

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Jun

28

THE SAXON AND SWABIAN MIGRATION SAGA.

INVESTIGATIONS Into GERMANIC MYTHOLOGY “ – Volume 1 – by Viktor Rydberg REMINISCENCES IN THE POPULAR TRADITIONS OF THE MIDDLE AGES OF THE HEATHEN MIGRATION SAGA 16. THE SAXON AND SWABIAN MIGRATION SAGA. From the Longobardians, I now pass to the great Germanic group of peoples comprised in the term Saxons.  Their historian, Widukind, who wrote

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Jun

22

The Sword of Victory

By Victor Rydberg – An Adventure out of the German People’s Mythological Epic – …..In UGM I, translated into English as “Teutonic Mythology” by Rasmus Anderson in 1889, Rydberg draws two primary conclusions. The first is that the Old Norse cosmology, represented by the structure of the world-tree Yggdrasill, varies from that presented in Snorri

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