Why are there no PoC Heathens? Is Kenaz Filan right when he says that Odin has a covenant with white people?
It’s taken me a few days to reply to this as I’ve not had much sit-down-and-think time and this is an ask I find troubling and demands a thought-out answer.
To your first question, anon, there are heathens of colour. They may not be loud or public about it, they may be put off calling themselves capital-H Heathen, all because of the white supremacist and neo-Nazi bullshit that is horrifically frequent in heathenry … but they exist. One of my own mentors, a man who has worked with Odin for years upon years, and has a deep understanding of the runes, is of South Asian descent.
And, frankly, even if there were none now, that would be no barrier to anyone choosing to follow heathenry. One of our most treasured values is hospitality, and as far as I’m concerned, anyone of any ethnicity or nationality is welcome to sit at this table and drink to the Gods with me. What ought to matter most to any right-minded heathen is whether our fellow heathens treat others with compassion and respect, not the colour of their skin or where their parents were born.
As to your second question, I don’t know exactly what Kenaz Filan said or didn’t say on this topic so I cannot speak to that specifically.
Historically Odin was indeed a God of Northern Europe, though the Norse travelled widely, famously even crossing the Atlantic. But the living religion of heathenry as it is today is not confined to the boundaries of history. We as heathens have moved into the twenty-first century and the Gods have moved with us.
Odin has never said anything to me about covenants with entire groups or races of people. The Old Man is notoriously fond of recruiting as many followers as He can, and equally notorious for playing all sides, and oathbreaking. I can see no reason why He would limit to one demographic the followers He could choose, nor, since He values knowledge and skill and personal sacrifice over all, why He would elevate one group of them based on the colour of their skin or ancestry. [”White” does not in any way translate to “ancestors came from a region where Odin was historically worshipped”. I mean.]
All I can say is, I am white - from Northern Europe specifically - and I am an Odin person and I know of no such covenant. It smacks to me of someone’s ideology informing their gnosis, and not the other way around.