Doing it wrong with meaning: Etymological Fallacy

By Chris Doty PHD   If you’ve read anything about heathenry, up to and including Culture of the Teutons, you’ve undoubtedly come across a writer talking about language. Whether it’s modern Icelandic, Old Norse, Old English, or something even more obscure (anyone know any Old Frisian?), the languages of our ancestors and our current coreligionists often crop up in discussions about topics as diverse as community and death. There are…

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The AFA: It’s that time again.

Well the reins have changed hands and, with a change of leadership the AFA has decided to embrace the ideals they’d only skirted in the past. Last time the AFA leadership stuck his foot in his mouth I wrote about why he was misguided. I issued an invitation to come on the show and clarify and I weathered the insults and virulence that the myopic followers of that man brought…

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Don’t Call Me Brother: False Kinship and the Inappropriate Assumption of Familiarity

The following essay was originally published on AsatruBlog.com and is republished here with the permission of the original author. Originally Published on July 17, 2013 by Ale Glad.   I’m going to warn you right now, this is a pet peeve post. Generally, I try to avoid writing these but this has been something that I’ve been meaning to address for some time now. There is a common behavior that…

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How White is Homegenizing Heathenry

We often have conversations about our ancestors, our elders, matriarchs, and death. We often refer to the arch-heathens, and attempt to explain the worldview of heathenry as a revival of the worldview of the arch-heathen. This always comes back to a mention of your tribe, or an ancient tribe, or in many cases a confederation of ancient tribes. When we talk about the arch-heathens we are always talking about groups…

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Anonymity

The following is a reposting of an older post from my original blog. I am currently working on a series that isn’t quite ready, I hope you will forgive the reposting and enjoy the post.   Heathens horde reputation like Christians horde converts, and what better way to build reputation than the internet. This space is perfect for sharing ideas, and pushing your own ideals. When we use this tool…

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Wolves: Choosing to be fáh

Have you referred to yourself as a wolf recently? We’ve all seen the memes that read or imply that the sharer is a “wolf of Odin” or would rather be a wolf than a sheep many of us have shared some of these. They are often seen as embracing strength, and honor, and pack (tribal) ethics, but is that what the wolf represents to the heathen? I don’t think it…

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Dear Steve McNallen

Both Steve McNallen of the AFA,  and Joe Bloch from Jon Upsals Garden have responded to criticism, by myself and others, of McNallen’s now infamous freikorps comment: Both of them are under the strange impression that I am criticizing the call for Germans to defend themselves. Allow me to clear that up here, loudly and publicly. The recent attacks on German women are horrendous, it is my belief that all…

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A Brief Response to Ill Words

[EDIT: An earlier version of this article did not contain the full quote from Steve McNallan. We regret the error and have updated the quote in line. We do not feel the misquote fundamentally changes the nature of our criticism and still stand by the rest of the article. — HeathenTalk] I had intended to write about the nature of the wolf, however as I sat down to write it,…

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Carry On Costs Extra

Baggage: Just make it right… I have been kicking this one around for a few days, trying to find the best way to say what I need to say. Hopefully it turns out useful. What is baggage to a heathen? Baggage refers to the left over thoughts, practices, ideological bases, and worldview that we gathered from growing up in a culture influenced by the dominant religion(evangelical Christianity in most of…

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