At 12/13/10 03:02 PM, jepper65 wrote:
DOOD!!! Yggdrasil is the tree of the world, not a lost city/place...
Don't worry, I knew it was a tree, but as I understood it, the location/path to the tree was lot (or hidden by the gods), but perhaps a better parallel would have been to the Garden of Eden in Christian Mythology: the place where humans were begun but then kicked out never to return.
Sorry for bringing this up, but I see as a sort of cause for me to bring the true 'information' about the asatro (Danish word for the Nordic Mythologi also used in rest of scandinavia) to the world...
Please do. If you read through the rest of the topic you'll see we like to discuss all matter of religious and philosophical ideas, mytthologies, beliefs, and contradictions in a levelheaded manner (ironically, most of the discussions are done by skeptics, but that's neither here nor there). While the original topic was technically a red herring for those unwilling to discuss religion in a calm and respectful manner, it was done so because of the lack of information that the rest of us have about it. Most of my info was gleaned from what mythology I have picked up and some quick research online.
And I do not like the word Odinism as the religion is not the belief in odin, but the belief of the asa (The name of all the gods in asgard like we are humans or Mexican people are mexicans(not that they are non-human))
Well, as Heathenry is the technical non-scandanavian word for the religion, and it has significant negative connotations now, Odinism is kinda the only other way it is known. I was not even aware that it was called Asatro until you said so. I wonder, do you have any good online resources (in English) where we can learn about the religion?
It's a big problem that this religion is being twisted by bad translations, misunderstandings, Heavy Metal etc. etc. The religion is coming back in scandinavia and i hope that it is not misunderstood.
I have heard a couple of people say they were Odinists (their words), but I always figured it was a non-conformity thing, like teenage satanists who think they're the first ones to ever read and understand Aleister Crowley, I wasn't aware it was a serious movement. Do you know why the movement is happening? What cultural shifts are occurring that would promote such a resurgence of a religion most folk thought was dead?