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Heathen Racist Words/Phrases to Watch Out For

RefDuring my research into Heathenism, I have been discovering undertones of racism in the strangest places. Just today, I picked up a version of the Poetic Edda to find the translation and the author’s explanation to be riddled with supremacist rhetoric. So I wanted to create a hot list, so to speak, of words and phrases to watch out for. If you see them, be wary for you may be reading some racist propaganda mixed in with your Heathenry. 

The Hot List: 

  • “Protect our Heritage”
  • “Preservation of our Heritage”
  • “Universalism” [this is not a bad word, but many racist materials will condemn universalism]
  • “Internationalism”  [this is not a bad word, but many racist materials will condemn universalism] 
  • “Heathenism’s True Followers”
  • “True Heathenism”
  • Overemphasis on our Ancestors or the Ancestors of those Practicing Heathenry
  • References to being “Born with Heathenry in your blood”
  • References to blood purityReferences to anything “running in your blood or heritage”
  • Overemphasis of Heathenism belonging only to Northern European peoples
  • A failure to mention that ANYONE can practice Heathenry, or a failure to use open invitation/welcoming rhetoric for anyone who may be picking up the book. 

Please keep adding more. 

Heathens against Racism

Get your binary out of my wyrd, goddammit.

Gender is on my mind today, as it often is, and with the AFA evidently going out of their way to spew gross cissexist bullshit about everyone’s assigned-at-birth gender being a “gift from the gods,” I have something to say:

The gods themselves defy binaristic conceptions of gender, and if you find a group that insists otherwise, don’t listen to them. They are very, very wrong.

Your gender is valid. If anyone ever claims that to be a “real” or “true” heathen, you have to conform to your assigned gender, or any gender at all, they are wrong.

If you ever feel like you are being forced out of heathen spaces because of your gender, please, please know that you can talk to me. I am a queer agender person, and I will always have time to listen to those who need a sympathetic ear.

Your gender is valid. I promise you, as a heathen, that our gods do not love you any less because you don’t conform to the gender you were assigned at birth.

You are wonderful, and valid, and anyone who says otherwise is invited to kiss my big fat agender heathen ass.

I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.’ The forehead declares, ‘Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms. The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are; and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things: but judgment shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision. Strong wind, earthquake-shock, and fire may pass by: but I shall follow the guiding of that still small voice which interprets the dictates of conscience.
—  Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
‘Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms.  The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are; and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things: but judgment shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision.  Strong wind, earthquake-shock, and fire may pass by: but I shall follow the guiding of that still small voice which interprets the dictates of conscience.’
—  Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
  • Me: Anyone can worship Odin. Heathenry is historically an open system of faiths, and modern heathenry is especially so. Nobody can tell you you aren't allowed to worship whichever heathen gods you like, because there are no true heathen authorities.
  • Tumblr Assatruar: LITERALLY WHAT IS THIS SJW BULLSHIT YOU ARE JUST AS BAD AS LITERAL FASCISTS HOW DARE YOU TEAR DOWN OPINIONS JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE DIFFERENT THAN YOURS STOP OPPRESSING MY RIGHT TO POLICE OTHER PEOPLE'S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

people who complain about Lokeans “ruining Heathenry” is farcical. (farcical as in “you guys are a fucking joke.”)

so you’re opposed to people you think are just into Tom Hiddleston and aren’t really interested in the serious study of Norse religion. 

okay. glossing over the whole issue about what “true Heathen worship” looks like and pop-culture paganism, which is a rant for another time…

how the hell are fans of Tom Hiddleston worse than fans of Hitler?

people are being driven away from Heathenry because they step in and see countless posts about #racialpride and Manly Men with Real Beards. this is what is poisoning and tainting your religion.

the whole house is burning down and you guys are worried about the drapes

talking about xkit to my boyfriend (dominoeffect28)
  • me: I really hope this update is an april fool's joke because this is fuckin ridiculous. I might even have to resort to mobile.
  • scott: what about that xkit guy you were telling me about?
  • me: he's just a college student doing this for free. That is why he is revered as the tumblr jesus, but his powers are limited with so many expecting fixes only hours after the update's release
  • scott: ah. he faces the problem all gods have: Intervene too much, and the people demand your intervention. Do not intervene, and they lose faith.
  • me: Exactly. This guy has built an empire, but when it comes down to it, he's just a college kid with exams and limited income, bearing the weight of avoiding copyright violations and pleasing the thousands of tumblr trash children.
  • scott: He should have abandoned you long ago. He's the hero tumblr needs, but not the one it deserves.
  • me: a true saint among heathens
  • scott: a chick-fil-a among dairy queens.
  • me: long live xkit.
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I feel like there are a bunch of assumptions other polytheists make when they say all deities are X that just aren’t true for Heathen deities and I think this needs to be addressed:

  • Odin isn’t always the head of the pantheon. Tyr (based on his name possibly being cognate to Indo-European sky deities) and Ullr have both been “top god” in the lore. Heathenry is also regional, and there were places where “top deity” was taken by other deities like Freyr or Thor. It’s not wrong, per se, but it is an oversimplification.
  • Norse deities are not immortal (at least, not in the same way Greek deities are). They die in battle and they grow old if they don’t eat Idunn’s apples.
  • People can and do abandon the deities when they fuck them over. Unless you are bound by an oath, if your chosen deity isn’t reciprocating in what is supposed to be a reciprocal relationship, you can find another deity.