anonymous asked:

What is the relevance of heart eating in Nordic culture? Is it just a one time thing that Loki happened to do?

Heart-eating is by no means a one-off event. Heart-eating also occurs in the stories of the heroes Sigurd and Böðvarr Bjarki. This topic is quite near and dear to my… soul, so I’m quite excited to discuss it.

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Hail Frigg
Fjörgynn’s daughter
midwife and mother of mothers
take in your arms
the tired wife
and cradle the child in your cloak

Hail Frigg
of foreknowledge
of witchcraft, of wisdom, of wyrd
cosmos and chaos
for queen völva
speaks when she spins her thread

Hail Frigg
high and holy
your mantle strewn with stars
formed out of fire
your famous distaff
riding on Máni’s road

Hail Frigg
of falcon hamr
Queen of Fensalar, come!
Lady of Love
Hlodyn are you
Hear me calling you here
Here me inviting you home

-By Räv Skogsberg-


queenofswords  asked:

I'll bite—what other animal cults were involved in hamask? And if the boars were to Freyr and the wolves to Odin, to whom went the bears, do we know?

Hello queenofswords and thank you for the question.
If you bite then please not too hard.

The evolution of Germanic warrior cults is sparsely documented and there is much conflicted or unclear information. There has been much lengthy academic debate on some aspects also but I will do my best to present the options here. Some of the concepts are simply that and should not be taken as facts.

The first generation of Germanic warriors of which we have concrete evidence are the Harii, who were mentioned by Tacitus in the 1st Century CE.
His description gives us many connections to what we know of other religious warrior cults:
“As for the Harii, quite apart from their strength, which exceeds that of the other tribes I have just listed, they pander to their innate savagery by skill and timing: with black shields and painted bodies, they choose dark nights to fight, and by means of terror and shadow of a ghostly army they cause panic, since no enemy can bear a sight so unexpected and hellish; in every battle the eyes are the first to be conquered.”
Lindlow states of the Harii that "many scholars think there may be basis for the myth in an ancient Odin cult, which would be centered on young warriors who entered into an ecstatic relationship with Odin". Scholars have also proposed that the Harii would become the archetype of the Viking concept of the einherjar that are discussed in Norse Mythology and also that the Harii are the early embodiment of The Wild Hunt. You must remember that the Harii predate their possible berserker descendants by roughly 800 years.

Tacitus wrote of the Aestii (on the Baltic) who spoke a language more like British than Suebic, and who worshipped the Mother of the gods (Freyja?), that their warriors wear, “as an emblem of this cult, the device of a wild boar, which stands them in stead of armour or human protection and gives the worshipper a sense of security even among his enemies”. 

Also mentioned by Tacitus where a Germanic tribe known as the Chatii who lived in what is now Germany. They were documented as late as 723 by St. Boniface. It has been suggested that the Chatii warriors wore the skins of European big cats such as the Eurasian Lynx although nothing exists to connect that to a religious cult or any specific deity.

The Suebi are the first Germanic tribe with links to the (relatively) more modern Old Norse sources and runestones. Sváfa (whose name means “Suebian”) was a Valkyrie who appears in the eddic poem Helgakviða Hjörvarðssonar. The kingdom Sváfaland also appears in this poem and in the Þiðrekssaga. Scholars have linked the Suebi warriors to birds and the connection holds with the imagery of Valkyrie as birds too.

Finally we arrive at the Viking Age and the berserkers, which etymologically consists of ber (bear) and serker (skin or cloth). However, Snorri, and his successors well into the nineteenth century, confused ‘ber’ with ‘berr’, that is, naked. From this they concluded wrongly that the warriors went to battle without chainmail. Instead, they should have been perceived as warriors, whose fylgja were bears, fighting in its guise, but not necessarily wearing bear fur/coats. In Old Norse literature the berserker is described as the most feared of all warriors, and they are mentioned along with ulfheðnar as Odin’s warriors. It is often seen as being an animal more connected to the Saami and Finland, but also very closely associated to shamanism, including animal transformations. Bear claws in Norwegian graves from the Migration Period are interpreted as symbolic expressions of ‘hamskifte’ (shedding or moulting your body like an animal) related to shamanistic characteristics of an Odin cult. 
Scholar Hilda Ellis-Davidson draws a parallel between berserkers and the mention by the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII (AD 905–959) in his book De cerimoniis aulae byzantinae (“Book of Ceremonies of the Byzantine court”) of a “Gothic Dance” performed by members of his Varangian Guard (Norse warriors working in the service of the Byzantine Empire), who took part wearing animal skins and masks: she believes this may have been connected with berserker rites.

The Úlfhéðnar are fairly well documented, with strong archeological evidence and also seem to be rather well attested throughout the historic sources as warriors dedicated to Odin. Úlfhéðnar actually translates as “wolf hood” rather than “shirt” or similar, which is interesting.

Lotte Hedeagar has a great book called “Iron Age Myth and Materiality” with several chapters dedicated to themes of human/animal merging in Viking Age people and specifically warrior cults. Mentioned and documented there are wolf, wild boar, stag and raven/eagle being attached to military gear. Several archeological finds depict warriors as half-man, half-boar such as the one below from Vendel, Sweden:

In that book she goes into great detail about the links between Boar warriors and Freyr/Freyja. There is also a very interesting paragraph where she discusses the way in which the animal invoked would define the manner in which a warrior fights:

The wolf warrior, bear warrior and wild boar warrior represent three different forms of combat, symbolised by the three animal species. The bear represents the solitary, independent and majestic figure with huge power and noble conduct that nevertheless can in a fury destroy everything and everybody in its surroundings. The wolf, however, always fights as part of a pack with strong solidarity. It is sly and bloodthirsty. Thus berserk and ulfheðnar represent two different ways of fighting in the Viking Age and Late Iron Age. The berserk is the individualistic warrior whose reputation was created through his impressive courage and ability to fight. At the same time he should never attack an un-armed or powerless enemy. Thus the berserk is seen in contrast to the ulfheðnar, the Viking warrior group par excellence who attacked in force to plunder and destroy. Whereas the bear was a noble enemy, the wolf was cruel and sly. In addition there was the wild boar, associated with devastating power and savagery. Svínfylking is the name for warriors in a wedge formation with one person in front, after that two, then three, etc… which means in a formation corresponding to the shape of a boar’s snout. In Old Norse literature the wild boar hamr seems mostly attached to the act of protection.

Finally, we reach the most recent example, the “trollaukin” which means to be possessed by trolls or spirits. It was a state that was mentioned as recently as the 19th Century in rulebooks for wrestling as a banned practice. It is not fully known what it meant to be “possessed by trolls/spirits”. It could be that after Christianisation that the Norse pantheon were considered demons, devils or other supernatural spirits/trolls and that invoking those deities might be considered as invoking trolls or spirits. Maybe it is a more modern update where those trolls or spirits still hold religious status (such as in folk belief) and the invocation was used to become augmented by these trolls, often seen as forces of nature by this time and descendants of the ancient Jotnar of Norse Mythology.

While my answer is far from exhaustive, I am aware that it has gotten quite lengthy so I hope that answers your question satisfactorily.

Til års og fred.


  • Lindow, John (2001). Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs.
  • Orchard, Andy (1997). Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend.
  • Simek, Rudolf (2007). Dictionary of Northern Mythology.
  • Peterson, Lena. (2002). Nordiskt runnamnslexikon, at Institutet för språk och folkminnen.
  • Hedeager, Lotte. (2012) Iron Age Myth and Materiality
  • Ellis-Davidson, Hilda R. (1967) Pagan Scandinavia

necrowhisper  asked:

I was going through some of the informational stuff youve posted and I was wondering if there's any significant difference between Galdr and Seidr magic? I read one post on tumblr that stated Seidr is closer to astral, meditation, and nonverbal stuff whereas Galdr is vocal, chants, words, and that sort of thing. While Im sure the two can cross over or blend, what the heck are Galdr and Seidr magic? Could they be "modernized" or are they already sort of universal? Sorry for the bombardment lol

Though they can blend, there are important differences between the two, yes. Putting this under a readmore because it got long.

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Kenji Siratori

白鳥健次 (Kenji Shiratori) a Japanese cyberpunk writer who is currently bombarding the internet with wave upon wave of highly experimental, uncompromising, progressive, intense prose. His is a writing style that not only breaks with tradition, it severs all cords, and can only really be compared to the kind of experimental writing techniques employed by the Surrealists, William Burroughs and Antonin Artaud. Embracing the image mayhem of the digital age, his relentless prose is nonsensical and extreme, avant-garde and confused, with precedence given to twisted imagery, pace and experimentation over linear narrative and character development. With unparalleled stylistic terrorism, he unleashes his literary attack. An unprovoked assault on the senses. Blood Electric was acclaimed by David Bowie.


Gradual Hate & Kenji Siratori - Spoken Word

Books / multimedia works:

Blood Electric (2002)
Headcode (2004)
Human_Worms (2004)
Smart-d (2004)
(debug.) (2004)
GIMMICK (2005)
GENEDUB (2006)
Acidhuman Project (2006)
Nonexistence (2006)


Mechanical Hunting For Grotesque (2006)
GX Jupitter-Larsen / Kenji Siratori: Japanese Spoken Noise (2006)
Kenji Siratori: Gene TV (ocp + t3tsuo plays Kenji Siratori) (2006)
Andrew Liles & Kenji Siratori “The Vortex Vault” (2006)
ABBILDUNG vs. Kenji Siratori - The meaning of Word is Sound (2006)
Human Body Pill (2006)
Kill All Machines (2006)
KENJI SIRATORI + PENDRO: Terminal Machine (2006)
Juxtaposition feat. Kenji Siratori w/ Ctephin & Nymphs Or Satyrs (2006)
Kenji Siratori + Torturing Nurse: Mad Blockhead Tale (2006)
Kenji Siratori vs. Disthroned Agony: Kenji Siratori vs. Disthroned Agony (2006)
Silence in First Degree & Kenji Siratori - Wicked Translations for the Stomachache Paranoia (2007)
Kenji Siratori + Saynal: The Instrument (2007)
Sempervirens vs. Kenji Siratori: An Ordinary Day (2007)
FRANCK VIGROUX vs. KENJI SIRATORI: Pituitary Desert (2007)
Human Exit (2007)
Pop Culture Rape Victim / Kenji Siratori: Various Speech Patterns (2007)
Kenji Siratori featuring Mariano Equizzi: GENETIC SEA (2007)
Mind Necrosis Factor vs. Kenji Siratori: Cruel Emulator (2007)
Gradual Hate & Kenji Siratori: Spoken Word (2007)
Kenji Siratori / Djet: Narcolepsy Suicide (2007)
Kenji Siratori / Suburbia Melting: LEVEL (2007)
Corpse Mechanism (2007)
Kenji Siratori / Ohmnoise: GENETICS (2007)
Akrabu / Kenji Siratori: Paradise Apparatus (2007)
Karsten Hamre vs. Kenji Siratori: Placenta World (2007)
Melek-tha & Kenji Siratori: Schizophrenik Extermination Corporation (2007)
Bonemachine featuring Kenji Siratori: Crypt Child (2007)
Roto Visage & Kenji Siratori: Tragedy Lobotomy (2007)
Out of Control (2007)
Kenji Siratori & Golden Age: Psychotronic (2007)
Crown Now with Special Guest Vocalist Kenji Siratori (2007)
Kenji Siratori: Chromosome Murder (2007)
objekt4 vs KENJI SIRATORI: Mind Corpse (2007)
Randy Greif & Kenji Siratori: Narcoleptic Cells (2007)
Tortured by Turtles feat. Kenji Siratori “Vilnius qui dort” (2007)
BMR Nord vs Kenji Siratori “Dr( )m3 K( )r3” (2007)
Echoes Therein Gale feat. Kenji Siratori “Virgin Clone” (2008)
Khadeaux Vs Kenji Siratori (2008)
D.B.P.I.T. & Kenji Siratori “Cosmic Playground” (2008)
The Adjective Noun & Kenji Siratori: “Optique Acoustique No. 1” {VHS} (2008)
Vladimír Hirsch vs. Kenji Siratori “Epidemic Mind” (2008)
Kenji Siratori “Cyber Sphere” (2009)
Julian Bonequi & Kenji Siratori “Mandorla Autum Net Project” (2009)
The Beauty Noise Featuring Kenji Siratori “AMP Records” (2009)
Brain Collapse (2010)


Neikka RPM: Rise Of The 13th Serpent (2006)
Hypnoskull: Panik Mekanik (2006)
Splinter vs. Stalin: Frassiconsole (2006)
Bahntier: Blindoom (2006)
Portion Control: Filthy White Guy (2006)
David Toop: Sound Body (2007)
Rec_Overflow: Beetch Ep (2007)
Gradual Hate: Asphyxiated World (2007)
Prometheus Burning: Retribution (2007)
Apoptose: Schattenmaedchen (2007)
Freeze Etch: Pejorative (2007)
Contagious Orgasm: Ripple (2007)
White Darkness: Nothing (2007)
Pride And Fall: In My Time Of Dying (2007)
Config.Sys: Back And Forth (2007)
MALATO: Avant Pop Muzak (2007)
Liar’s Rosebush + Scrape[dx]: Nonsense (2007)
OTX: A World In Red`` (2007)
Bleiburg: Shadows Will Survive (2007)
Crash-Symptom: The Flood (2007)
Renfield’s Syndrome: Insane Asylum (2007)
Ssick: Remaking of XT-TX (2008)
StarofAsh: The Thread (2008)

Sh*t CoD Zombie Players say Pt. 2

He fucking windmilled me!!

Lemme use the box first; I’m out of ammo.



God, these bats are fucking annoying! (Shadows of Evil)

Dude, toss a fucking Gersche!

Can we do the Easter Egg?

Gee thanks for the fucking heads up on that max ammo, dick.

Goddamn it Sam, stop giving me pistols!!

I don’t need Deadshot Daiquiri, aiming at the head is instinct for me.

Revive me! It’s insta-kill, I can cover you.

Carpenter? That doesn’t help!!

God, that nuke saved my ass!

Quit being a box-whore.

Man, I’m much better by myself.

Who has the hacker?

Goddamn it, that astronaut is a pain in the ass (Moon)

Bro, I have a pack-a-punched HAMR in the locker. (Black Ops 2)

necrowhisper  asked:

What kind of stuff can badger dig up about Fylgja? I love the concept of personal spirits, but what I read about them seems just a teeny bit Not Fun.

Oh badger can dig up a lot about fylgjur. Although I’m curious as to what you define as not fun about them other than perhaps the fact that the line between fylgjur and disir and fylgjur and hamingjur can be incredibly blurry. Other than that they’re an incredibly fascinating topic and I’m excited to discuss them because it’s a personal favorite of mine.

So a heads up that for this post, in order to really explain all the aspects of fylgjur, I will also be discussing a few other things including the aforementioned hamingjur as well as hamr, hugr, and luck. There will also be mention of childbirth so a heads up to those with severe tokophobia. It’s barely discussed so most should be okay but I still want to warn folks. So please just bear (haha it’s a pun you’ll see when you’re done reading) with me as it’s all relevant. 

This post got long and this is a kind of important topic in heathenry, so I made a bulletpoint thing at the end  of the essential info for people with issues reading tons of text. I also highlighted important lines in the main text. I hope it helps. :>

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violetvonsweet  asked:

Hi so I've always had a sensitivity to things that normally people don't see/feel/hear like seeing spirits and picking up on people's energies and I don't understand it. I feel like spirits are trying to tell me things but I just can't seem to figure it out. I was wondering if you could please give me some advice on what I should do.. I don't understand why I'm this way and I wanted to know if it means something :)

We all are born with gifts. Some have a skill for music, others for math, others for sports and so on. In your case you have “psychic” skills, this means you can hear, see and feel “more” then other people. We all make us of our senses but we have a limited use of that. Psychic skills make a human make a better use of the senses.

What you should do it develop it:

  • intuition: for all the psychic skills its necessary that one must be commited to train intuition; paying attention to your gut feelings, playing guessing games, are good ways to develop that
  • meditation: this will clear and balance your energy
  • Try not to be afraid of the “supernatural”, because dark energy can hamr you unless you let it. Fear is one of the doors they can use to reach out to you
  • be careful with the things you see and hear. There are a lot of dark energy out there. Some of it actually might disguise itself as good, light. but dont be afraid (cause fear is bad), just dont trust it entirely untill you sure. Dont invite it into your body or your home unless you really know what you are doing
  • i dont know what is your belief about the divine. But its good if you have a close contact with the divine. 
  • Take herbal baths to clear your energy
  • use crystals to enhance your energy and to protect yourself
  • try to deal with personal issues, anger sadness, bad habits. You dont have to be perfect, of course but be honest with yourself, be the best version of you that you can be so your energy will strong… Because it can be used against you, or intensified because of all the energies around you
  • read as much as you can on the subject, if you can get a mentor thats good too.
  • dont do things you dont feel confortable with
  • dont let the spirits push you around, stablish your limits
  • one of the best ways to have contact with the other world is through dreams. So work on lucid dreams, dream interpretation. Have a journal and write down everytime you wake up, whatever you remember of your dream
  • whenever you have a psychic experience, let it happen naturally. Dont be afraid, dont force it. Just let it happen naturally. You can talk back, if you feel some spirit is talking to you. 

Hearing is called clairaudiance

  • Lay or sit down;
  • get quiet;
  • relax;
  • try to hear all the noises around;
  • focus on that; 
  • try to amplify it, understand it

Seeing is called clairvoyance

  • Train visualization technique
  • open your third eye; when meditating, imagine an eye on your front head. Picture it closed and then open the eye

Feeling is called clairempathy or clairsentience

  • know yourself. Be certain of your skills, boundaries, weakness, anger issues all that. Because then you will be able to tell if the feelings you are feeling is really yours
  • on a daily basis, try to figure out what you are feeling, if this is really your feelings. Maybe its somebody else’s, or the energy of an object. 
  • Exchange energy with nature; sit down or just get close to a tree and try to feel its energy, exchange energy with it. Do the same with animals
  • When seeing somebody sad try to feel really happy and send this feeling for that person. Just be careful not to be affected by that person’s sadness