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JUNE 1972
No.4

NOT JUST SURVIVAL

The pollution of air and soil which is the result of our tremendous technological advance is of course a matter of great concern. The real calamity however is not so much the dirt, noise and garbage we have to contend with; the tragedy lies in the unfortunate fact that human beings as well as animals seem to be able to adapt to just about everything.
It is a fact that the effect of any painkilling drug wears off after a while because the body adjusts to it. and the dose has to be increased in order to work. Likewise, man is able to adapt to polluted air, chemical foods and poisoned drinking water, if the dose is increased little by little, and this even without realizing it. It is further a fact that the worst is still to come, for it is only in recent years that pollutants have reached unsafe levels, and the children who almost from conception have lived their lives in dirt, pollution and noise are not yet so old that we can tell how serious the consequences are. For although it is indisputable that inherent traits are the deciding factors in forming a human being, the environmental circumstances play an important role. Unfortunately man is able to adjust to quite a measure of pollutants -- his with might be dulled and his growth stunted but he will survive. It is not man as a species the ecological crisis threatens to destroy, it is the quality of human life which is endangered.
It is one of the sacred beliefs of Odinists that life is governed by forces deeply rooted in Nature and it is our conviction that man can only tamper with Nature at his own peril; not because he cannot physically adapt to the results of technological "progress" but because the mental and emotional part of his being will be thrown out of balance. ]t is precisely the relationship between man's nature and his environment which decides the quality of human life.
Man's most basic needs are still very much the same as those of his early ancestors, who lived close to Nature -- yes considered themselves as part of Nature. They spent all their lives as hunters, food-gatherers or farmers,and always were they moving about in a natural environment among trees, rivers, mountains, plains. The importance of this contact with nature is seen clearly by the growing passion for camping; this is not merely prompted by the wish far an inexpensive holiday, but because it satisfies the yearning for being in contact with fresh air and fertile soil.
Even if the poison in air, food and water were eliminated by the snap of our fingers, it would not change matters a great deal if, at the same time we would go on covering the earth with speedways, high-rise and shopping plazas. --- Before man can live a fulfilled and contended life as a human being, modern civilization must provide for man the means to

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express his nature, unchanged as inherited from his ancestors.
The pollution experts are concerned with the physical effects of the poisoned and mechanical environment of man. --These are important to be sure, but it is still more urgent to create an environment in which man is able to choose freely how to enrich his life and enhance his creative abilities; he must be able to decide for himself how he can fulfill his potentialities as a human being. -- This is the all-important issue.
It is an emotional necessity for man to feel the continuity of Life, to taste the sweet smell of spring, to experience the stillness of a forest.It is not just survival we want. We want conditions where man as a human being can fulfill his role in the great drama of continuous creation in which man together with all other living organisms is an integral part.
We are human beings with a body and a soul,and we want to live as human beings.

Baldr the Beautiful

Baldr was one of Odin's beloved sons; he represented all that was good, just and beautiful.
Once Baldr had terrible dreams disclosing that his life was in peril. When he told this to the Gods they were quite disturbed and immediately held council about what they could do, so that the dreams would nat come to pass. At the council it was decided that Frigg should take an oath from all things living and dead, that they would not harm Baldr. This Frigg did, -- the only one she did not take an oath from was the mistletoe she passed it by partly because she thought that, a parasite plant was of no significance and partly because it was so young.
Now, there lived among the Asir a man named Loki who was not of their kin; how he ever came to be accepted among, them nobody knew, and nobody could understand it either because Loki was crafty, shrewd and wicked. When he saw that no thing, living or dead would hurt Baldr he was sorely vexed, for Loki hated everything good. As a matter of fact, every time he looked at Baldr the Beautiful Loki grew perfectly furious with hatred and all he could think was how he could destroy Baldr.
By devious means he found out about the oath and that the mistle-toe was the only living thing that was not bound by it. At the first opportunity he had, he went to the mistletoe and broke off a branch, out of which he fashioned an arrow.
The following day when the Asir amused themselves by shooting arrows at Baldr who could not be hurt by them, Loki sneaked up to Hodir, Baldr's blind twin-brother, and with pretended innocence asked him why he wasn't shooting arrows at his brother. "I cannot see" answered Hodir. After a bit of talk back and forth Loki helpfully offered to guide Hodir so that he also could join in the fun, deftly Loki put the mistletoe arrow on Hodir's bow, aimed and let Hodir shoot it off.
And as always, when blind people listen to a wicked Loki, calamity struck -- Baldr the Beautiful was killed. To be sure, never did any man or god witness a more dastard deed than this!
The Asir looked with despair at their dead friend and brother; they found it hard to understand that anybody so good and just was slain; but Baldr had to go to the underworld and live in the Abode of the Dead.
The Gods went to great efforts to get him back but to no avail; Baldr had to stay in Helheim and remain there right up to the time of Ragnarok.
And this is why no Odinist will listen to Loki's sweet talk, nor will he ever have a mistletoe in his house.

 

THE ODINIST is published quarter-yearly by The Odinist Movement. A sample copy will be sent free on request.
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To be an Odinist means to have a reverence for Life and Nature that touches your soul each and every day.
It is a religious feeling; yet it is not churchy, just deep and serene.
Stop, and consider the beauty of Nature and you will feel that this too is part of God.

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WHAT PRICE CHRISTIANITY?

In a TV program Cardinal Leger of Montreal was shown in the midst of his African flock with whom he has worked for the past four years, pouring millions of dollars into institutions to care for polio-stricken and retarded children and those pitiful outcasts of humanity, the lepers.
The Cardinal's work presents what is generally regarded as charity in the traditional "Christian spirit". But the implications beneath the surface, alas, are also unchanged. Leger's statement that his missionary work is "one of giving without asking to receive" immediately became suspect when he pointed out that Africans responded easily to conversion efforts because they are a religious people. They see a spirit behind every tree and bush and have a deep respect for nature; they bury their dead close to their abode to continue dialogue with their spirits.
Then why cut the bonds now existing with nature? Why take away their gods? For it is not true of course that the work done here is "giving without asking to receive". Is there a greater price any man can pay than to surrender his soul to an alien god? And the spirits of the dead, still on earth to these Africans, will they now be confined to heaven or hell, out of reach for the living? What, really, is the motive of the Church in thus gaining control over the minds and souls of Black Africa?
We have cause to wonder. For we watch this newest missionary conquest from a two-thousand-year experience. -- And we speak not only on our behalf. When today's North American Indians lament the banishment of their gods with whom went the Indian way of life; when American Blacks demand to know why they should worship a "white" Christ, they demonstrate the end-effect of the Cardinal's mission: self-demeanment and loss of identity through Christianization. It is
a realization that is gaining momentum and is marked by a newly wakened reverence for gods long abolished or the rebirth of their image in new concepts, ideas or ideals. Its rational support comes from the knowledge that all primal gods are tribal images whose worth defies intellectual evaluation. They are concepts of the highest order, coordinating all intangible qualities and possessions of the tribe, harmonizing the unknown with the known, the finite with the infinite. Of course the images differ depending on the insight and the standard of knowledge attained by the individual tribe. But a change to a higher level of religious concepts, whether this involves idols or ideas, emanating from new standards of insight and knowledge, must proceed from natural inner growth processes, if they are to lead to greater fulfillment. Injecting an alien theology into an organically grown social order, imposing a god from without, cannot but lead to conflict with long established hereditary soul-mind reflexes, corrupting inborn moral values through misinterpretation, thus resulting in cultural anarchy.
It is impossible therefore to qualify gods objectively. They "make sense" and "operate" as a regulatory force of life for the identity and survival of the tribe only so long as they remain alive and active within tribal consciousness.
Thus tribal gods are "owned" by a tribe no less than are its material possessions, though transcending these. For it is through the "spirits of the gods" that all real property -- land -- home -- chattel -- become "sanctified reality". -- To take away a tribe's gods is, therefore in the true sense of the word, an act of robbery. It can be and generally is, far more fatal than the taking away of a piece of land. For it strikes at the root of body-soul-mind tribal identity and shatters cohesion. To extract god-figures from an intricately woven pattern of life possibly thousands of years in the making, is to destroy the very theme of life itself.
"Thou shalt have no false gods before me," Jehovah commanded the Jews, and he knew whereof he spoke. For in being true to their god, the Hebrews remained true to themselves, even when they had no land to call their own.
In this sense, then, Christ, too, is a false god taken out of the context of his Hebrew homeland and history, however "superior" or "true" his doctrines may have ranged within that context.
In the conversion deal under consideration, no doubt a great many concessions are thrown in for the Blacks. Ceremonial cults shown on TV were an exhibition of native animation: Bodies be-

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decked in colorful array, dancing and gyrating in African rhythm to the beat of drums. In time these Blacks may even be allowed to pray to a "black" Christ.
But that will be no loss at all to Europeans or their descendants elsewhere. On the contrary. They, in gross misunderstanding of the facts, today stand accused as the religious imperialists who have foisted their "white" god upon other races.
The truth is that, whether Christ was "white" or not, as the son of Jehovah he had as little to do with Odin or Zeus or any Roman gad as he had with the Indians' Thunderbird or the sun gods Ramses or Montezuma. Ingesting a religion that according to Jack Dymont ("Jews, God and History") was made "for export" was an experience of excruciating spiritual and physical agony far the entire European continent, the effects from which it has by no means recovered."Bringing Christianity to Europe" was no less a disjunction of a natural cultural development than it may have been for other parts of the world. While still in its simple beginnings in the North, this culture had reached the pinnacle of human thought and creative achievement in the South centuries before Christ. What was later known as a "Christian" culture was in truth the outcry of the soul of all Europe finding release in the only outlet granted -- the arts -- transcending and beautifying an alien garb.
Obviously, the African farm of Christianity will differ vastly from its European counterpart, and well may we ponder the question, "How will this Christianity serve the Church, and will it affect us?".
But aside from all these considerations,the institutions bestowed upon the African Blacks in its conversion deal by the Church are not the products of Christianity, but those of Western science, developed not with but against the sanction of the Church, solidly resting on the foundation laid by the Greeks in the "light ages" of European history. Were this not so, the Church would still have nothing to offer against the diseases in Black Africa than prayers, possibly less effective than the magic of the local medicine man. A modern illustration of the effects of religion isolated from science came in a report of an outbreak of smallpox in Europe.It was caused by contaminated holy water brought to Yugoslavia by a Moslem from the Holy City of Mecca.

Tolerance

One of Western man's most prominent characteristics is the willingness to respect the opinions and beliefs of others. At the same time he naturally expects to have these rights extended to him. Western man is by nature tolerant and the so called Christian inspiration to "do to others what you want them to do to you" was ingrained onto Western man's soul long before the Bible was composed.
However, in order for such tolerance to make sense, it must be paid back with similar sanctions from others; if tolerance is only one-sided, it is no longer tolerance but weakness and reluctance to stand up for one's ideas. In other words it is a question about having the courage of one's convictions. If a person has lost his self-respect and human dignity,it usually follows that he is loath to assert himself, and this is what has happened to Western man. He has yielded to the hypnotic influence of the mass media which for years has drummed into the mind of any person with European ancestry, that he is mean, sinful and wicked.
I suggest to you kinsmen, that our adversaries have outlived our tolerance. I am not telling you to go out and behave like the creeps who demonstrate, scream, yell and use violence against anybody who dare speak up against them and their left-wing ideas. No, we should not degrade ourselves by resorting to repugnant tactics; rather we should behave in the manner of our valiant ancestors who manfully demanded their rights and stood up for their beliefs and their principles.
It is a paradox that those extremists who want to disrupt and destroy everything sacred to a Westerner, should be the first ones apprehended by the governments they extol as the only commendable form for administration. These misguided individuals have not realized
that the communistic dictatorships do not allow any citizens to express personal opinions which do not conform to the system, let alone publicly ventilate any dissent to the communistic version of The Truth.
Western man is presently sandwiched in between the left-wing ideologies as belched out by the Marxist socialists and the more subtle but no less insidious influence from the top through

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TOLERANCE

government decisions which are difficult to fight, even if they clearly are detrimental to the interests of the population and against the wishes of the citizens.
Odinists certainly also want to change away from the present type of misgovernment.But we want a change for the better we want a change in thought pattern, a different moral outlook, an intellectual attitude in keeping with Western man's mental and emotional characteristics.
It is to be hoped that Western man soon, very soon, will wake up and shake off the yoke of an alien ideology, thus returning to power a sane, honest and realistic leadership.
Those persons who are living within the borders of the West and who do not agree with our way of life can, as far as we are concerned - to use one of the expressions of the Canadian PM - like it or lump it!

 

THE VIKING DISCOVERY OF AMERICA

by Dr. Herman Gauch


in the eighth and ninth century King Gudroed (Godfred) was the clever and courageous ruler of Denmark, the southern part of Sweden and most of Norway. He disapproved greatly of the ways of the powerful King of the Francs, Charlemagne who had become a Christian and wanted to conquer all of Europe for Rome.
The Vikings, the Scandinavian/Germanic fighters of the Odinist Faith wanted no part of Christianity and fought courageously against the compulsory import of this new cruel faith.
In 782 Charlemagne by betraying their trust decapitated 4500 pagan Saxons after they had surrendered their weapons, and King Gudroed declared war against the King of the Francs. In the beginning the war was launched exclusively against the Christian centres, such as Lindisfarne (792) a small island off the coast of Northumberland; Ireland, which had been christianized, was conquered about 800.
By defeating Christianity and Charlemagne, King Gudroed also had in mind to gain the throne in Aachen whereby he hoped to unite all the Germanic peoples under one ruler. In 810 however, Gudroed was assassinated which put an end to the fight against Christianity.
The Vikings possessed great courage, constant readiness for death, talent for organization and amazing nautical and geographical knowledge which qualified them as settlers and discoverers. As it is now well-known they traveled to America long before Columbus and founded small settlements. About year 1000 a pioneer of this territory was Leif Eirikson son of Eirik the Red, who after having discovered Iceland and colonized Greenland sailed to the Eastern territories of Canada and the United States; he gave the names Helluland, Markland and Vinland to some of , the coast areas and on the shores of Charles River near Cambridge in Massachusetts he founded Leif-budir i.e. Leif's abode; in Newfoundland he founded L'anse-au-Meadow and at the Bay of Babock a colony was established.
Less known is the fact that even Central America and the Peruvian coast of the Pacific Ocean was settled by the Vikings before Columbus and Cortes. One of the great Kings of the Toltecs was Quetzalcoatl, who was also known as Huiracacha i.e. Huitagoda (the White God) who lived about 900; but even as early as 300 before. our reckoning a White God came to Tiahuanaco; another name used for the white God was Ollin Tonatiut which most likely is connected with the German/ Danish Odin, Donar, Tiu. The Aztec and Inka dynasties also knew the White God, The Inkas being descendants of Ing or Ingling (Ynglinge), the name of the earliest dynasty of the Royal descendants of Odin. The original name of the Inka emperor is translated as Hrodgar (compare Hrothgar of the Beowulf Saga). In one of the legends about the White God Quetzalcoatl-Huiracocha it is said that he and his companions came from Huitamannaland in the far North where already at that time the Vikings had formed small settlements.
Proof that the Vikings traveled throughout America is also provided by the Runestones they left behind. The authenticity of the Kensington Stone at Red River in Minnesota has long been established; less known are the four rune stones in Oklahoma: The Tulsa stone, the Poteau stone and the two Heavener stones declared authentic by authorities in the field.
The Vikings and their culture thus still live in monuments and legends on the American continent.

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It is highly paradoxical that those who refer to man as an animal refute his ancestral share in the laws , that structure animal existence, so complex and beautiful that they are viewed with wonder rather than with understanding. Indeed, there is about the ways of animal life a dignity, superior in many respects to those of man. The reason is simple: the animal is still part of the universal order of natural law and bonded to it by instinct. Daily we learn more about a world that is without intellect, -- yet lives by more intelligence than man.
But man is not an animal. He is that evolutionary end which stepped beyond the range of the order perfected by nature now known as ecology.With him a new farm of will became manifest in the order of things: a will tarn away from the security of instinct-knowledge, a will groping for self-realization and world-knowledge, daring to challenge the gods and be free rather than safe.
But do not contemplate this step, the most dramatic in all evolutionary history, with a modern definition of freedom in mind. Realize that today the will of individual man and that of whole nations is caught up in a constellation of massive will powers in a world that has lost the wisdom of its earlier days. Contemplate this step rather against a vast expanse of life that knew no free will and could not have one in a perfect design for survival. But, seeing man emerge from this stage of existence, reaching the summit of genius, see if even at this' level, there is not something related to the animal still: creativity, arrested there - as in the building of a nest; -- set free here, as documented in monumental works of genius, and yet -- both equally far removed from rational understanding. our sense of wander directed to the same source.
That, however, means contemplating also the will that willed man to be free, and all the whys and wherefores of man's incredible fallibilities together with his incredible capacities.
For the step man took toward freedom was not for better only. It could lead to glory, but also to doom. Indeed, releasing the will from the dominance of instinct was the initial step toward the creation of a specifically HUMAN being; it was the necessary pre-requisite for the development within human existence of reason and its transcendence, the formation of ethical concepts and moral laws as HUMAN realities, but also the dangers of error and failure.
Thus, then, was created a new category of life: MAN. Cast in a new mould, raised up-right, walking with head held high, this creature learned not only to survey all things with new sight, but with insight; to explore not only the earth in its visible form but the unseen vastness of mind and soul which reflect the universe and from, such awareness shape an image of God.
And yet this new creature was the continuity of life from a single-cell body through countless complexities, spread over billions of years whose heritage formed the spring-board for his existence. Those who would declare man to be an animal yet would deny that his biological and social life forms are rooted in pre-human existence; they would discover the absurdity of their claims by examining relevant scientific data. Were it not for laws existent prior to the birth of man, especially those of heredity, there would be no life at all; for man, there would be no culture. Striving for form was the organization of life, maintaining it required order based on laws.
As in plant and animal, so in man did life strive for variety of kind finding physical expression for all the rhythmic responses to the call of creation that thus formulated distinct personality types. For we cannot with any certainty claim that the body was the foremost factor in the creation of the different kinds that comprise man. It is more reasonable to assume that the will towards a specific form was the central force, together with the intelligence and emotional factors it was able to engage in its growth aiming far harmonious interaction between all levels of consciousness processed from the functional agents confined within a body of flesh and blood.
In primitive societies the laws that are embedded in bodies of flesh and blood comprising tribes or nations, are known intuitively, and revered as a heritage derived from living forces beyond

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those of man's will. Modern, so-called civilized societies have raised the intellect to so lofty a rank that all things natural or primitive have come to be regarded outdated, to be discarded or reformed by man. Taken out of the context of nature, man himself has become an abstract image, easily manipulated by social and economic "ideas" that disregard bonds in no wise part of his free will, and project him into an utterly unreal, soulless world of speculative intellect, in destructive counteraction to subconscious wisdom accumulated in ages past.
Slowly, painfully, however, we have begun to retrace our steps, we retrieve our lost relationship with nature. And if ever again we find the meaning of man and his destiny, then it will be due in no small measure to our study of the life that preceded his making: the animal.
But -- to repeat -- man is not an animal. From studies or animal life so popular in today's concern with preservation of all things living, we can learn to what extent man is related to the animal, and what benefits and responsibilities he derives. from close association with nature. But we also see with indisputable clarity how man differs from the animal, why he must seek, and at least sometimes attains goals no animal was destined to reach for. And while he is kin to every creature of the earth, only as man can he enter also into kinship with the gods. Thus does he give evidence of the truth that freedom is the essence of the being of Man.

A Golden Earring

Our ancestors believed that when people died they would go to the Abode of the Dead. The Greek branch of our fore-bears called this place Hades after the God of the Dead, and to get there you had to cross a wide river. If you died on land you were all right for your relatives would surely send you off with enough valuables to pay for your passage. But the Greeks were a seafaring nation, and it was likely that you might meet your death on the High Seas, and then you would be in trouble. It therefore became a custom for sailors to have the one ear pierced and wear a gold earring, thereby ensuring they always had enough to pay the ferryman, Charon, to take them to the other side.

Nationalism

In the past centuries ruled by Rationalism and Materialism, a nation meant a piece of land, a geographic territory and the people living within its borders. However, with the move of thousands of people into new locations, with better and faster communication facilities, -- where practically the whole world is brought right up to your doorstep or into your living room and with the population of all countries mixed to a degree never experienced before, this old concept can no longer be applied to the nation-idea. The 20th century meaning of a nation is "A people containing a Cultural Idea". To the West this is a new concept; in contrast thereto the Jewish nation has, ever since the Diaspora, adhered to this viewpoint.
It is inherent in Man to wish to protect his family and property, to guard the customary way of life against intruders and to preserve his cultural heritage. These natural feelings gave rise to a strong nationalism, which at times became exaggerated to the point where even your cousin next door was considered a barbarian and a sinister enemy.
The vital force of patriotism was not only used by the rulers of the Western countries in the past.For some years now we have been able to watch China use nationalism as her primary weapon of the East against the West. And although Marx preached internationalism it is a fact that Soviet Russia employed the love for Mother Russia as a mighty appeal to her citizens during and after the revolution to do their utmost and to strengthen their morale and determination. The many new Afro states also are using these same powerful sentiments, all of them stressing nationalism.
It is a paradox that while communistic internationalism has freely exploited the nationalistic feelings of its citizens, the rulers of the West have deliberately downgraded every natural feeling of pride, belonging to and love for country and flag. Patriotism has in the West been stigmatized to a degree where people are almost afraid to show respect for the flag and express any regard for their country, lest they be ridiculed, smeared, framed etc. etc.
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West allow itself to be divided and conquered. Never again will we let ourselves be goaded into civil wars. The West is partitioned into many sections of regional groupings; each section naturally and commendably takes pride in its specific achievements, its peculiar history and its distinctive characteristics which set each apart from kinsmen in other regions.But to us in this century a nation means a people expressing A Cultural Idea; the geographical location is of little significance; "the West is where people adhere to the same Western intellectual culture, where they are part of the same ancestral heritage, where they share the same spiritual outlook.
The West consists of many varied peoples and the creative and vital feeling of pride and attachment to the place of origin is fundamental, but taken as a whole the West is but one entity - - the West is wherever Western man lives.

 

And much it grieved my heart
to think what Man
has made of Man.


Wordsworth.

 

THIS WORLD OR THE NEXT?
by Rod

This world or the afterlife? Which one has more importance to the religious thinking individual?
Is the sole reason for our existence here on earth merely some kind of test or trial, a brief seventy or so year stay' in which as long as we accept the divinity of some god we can mark time until we go to our reward in the great beyond? Are we to believe that the acceptance of a particular god, (and his rituals) -- and being nice to everyone is our sole duty here on earth?
You could say, perhaps, that this depends on the religion, (or denomination/ branch of a religion), that a person adheres to. That it depends on the importance this particular religion gives to the earthly existence vis-a-vis the ultimate heavenly existence. But does it? It is me belief that it does not. It is my belief that regardless of their religious outlook all people have a duty and a responsibility to protect and support their family, their society and their particular culture; and they can only opt-out at their own peril.
Can you imagine a society where almost everyone adhered to a fundamental religion that taught people to abstain from any organized secular action, taught them to abstain from fighting or defending anything with physical violence? How long do you think such a society would last before it would either be taken over by inner traitors, or overrun from without? Or for that matter, how long would even their pacifist religion last, since they can have the freedom to practice it and pass it on to their children only as long as there are enough non-believers left to defend their freedoms, religious as well as secular.
Life, or if you prefer, the basic nature of man, will not allow a political vacuum to exist for very long. Some group will soon fill it; and usually they will make sure that those who caused the vacuum in the first place will not be allowed to do so again.
The above example is,of course, an extreme one; but the principle remains. -- There are many religious people in the world today who tend to ignore their responsibilities to their earthly society and think seriously only of the after-life, (which mayor may not exist). These people not only harm their secular society by their apathy, but do damage to the base of their faith as well. For all organized religions can only survive as long as the nations in which they exist, are strong enough to defend both the secular and religious freedoms of their citizens.

 

Every creature has a built-in im-
pulse to provide for the perpetua-
tion of the species of which it is
a momentary living representative.

Toynbee

 

If I had money enough I'd buy
more backbone for the Western guy.

 

He who has not the courage
to be the hammer,
must be content to play
the part of the anvil.

Spengler

 

TASTEFUL CHRISTIANITY

After Charlemagne finally succeeded in conquering the Saxons and forced them to accept Christianity, he still had the problem of ingraining the Christian teachings. Our forefathers only outwardly accepted Christianity and still clung to the pagan beliefs and ideas.
Since the religion of the slave-rabble of decadent and dying Rome could never replace the noble and courageous religious attitudes of our ancestors, Christianity had to be blended with pagan ideas and poetic forms in order to render it acceptable or "tasteful".
A good example is the old Saxon Messianic poem "The Heliand". It tells about the life and teachings of Christ, but to make it more agreeable to the intended audience, the religious scenes and characters were portrayed in the fashion of the Germanic heroic epic, the Germanic code of Ethics was drawn into the motivation for various sentiments; also language and verse-form were Germanic. The whole poem is an anachronism, a blend of "Christian" teachings set against a pagan background, so that the Messianic message would be favourably received by a population which in its heart had remained pagan, in spite of the outer acceptance of Christianity.
Even up until the 15th century, Christian scenes were painted as if they occurred in the Europe -- often Italy -- of that day. Mary was shown as a highborn Italian lady of the period. But as the years went by, the "blend" grew more and more Christian, the paintings showed Middle East settings for their Christian scenes. Thus the landscape of a foreign, dead and fossilized Arabian Culture became the "Holy Land" of the Christian West.
Studies have been conducted to compare the ethical and moral beliefs of different times and places. Dante was taken to reflect the views of his days when Christianity was perhaps the most powerful and the least "blended". The "good" Christian of Dante's days considered lust and sexual indecency a far lesser sin than pride, which was a major vice. This was also the Christianity that had non-believers. burned at the stake in the name of love. The concept of hell, in itself perhaps more terrible than burning, persisted even after this practice "burnt out" so to speak.Then one no longer burned a person to death to save his soul, one let the devil torment the "sinner" for all eternity.
The older version of Christianity was identified with the West and supported its spiritual slavery. Modern Christianity is a universal religion of brotherly love and peace in genuine marxist fashion.
The Pope gives audience to Communists and is embarrassed when an anti-communist churchman of high rank escapes to the West from behind the iron curtain where he had been buried alive for many years. On the protestant side of the Christian coin, large church coalitions send aide to Communist North Vietnam, or back the United Nations UNICEF "charity" which makes donations to communist countries.
But currying favours with the leftist elements only drives away those to whom communistic dictatorship is repulsive. At long last it seems that Christianity is growing so perverse that the people it has misled for centuries, now reject it.
The result of modern Christianity's failure to bridge the credibility gap will bring more and more people to realize that to be in harmony with ourselves we must again adopt the religious attitudes of our early Indo-European ancestors, in concord with today's standards of knowledge.



From:
DICTATORSHIP BY TAXATION

by Major C. H. DOUGLAS


----- I would emphasize the immense advantage possessed by small and comparatively mobile communities in obtaining control over their own policy, and urge you to resist any suggestion which would diminish that advantage. It is the settled policy of international finance to diminish local sovereignty, and it should be your policy to increase it.

----- You cannot fight a system, you can only fight the people who put a system into operation. You cannot fight robbery, you can only fight robbers. You cannot fight malaria, you can only destroy mosquitoes.

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The Irminsul, in the imagination of our forebears, was the powerful pillar on which rested the universe. It is stylized in the form of a tree whose top is divided into two massive branches so as to lend its sacred protection to the entire world underneath its cover. Thus are bound heaven to earth, Midgard to Asgard the abode of men to the site of the gods. The realm of the middle was thought of as the place for mortals to live in; the roots reached far down into the underworld of the Giants. These were felt to be the primal forces of life, sometimes knowing and wise on all things to come (wherefore the gods went to them for advice); mostly, however,they were regarded as the destructive forces that rebelled against a set order, though having neither ethics nor code of law to justify such action, and seeking only to explode the gigantic primal powers residing uncontrolled within them. (This eventually led to the battle of the Asir against the Giants).
On high, in the heavens, till the end of the world there throne the gods. An eagle holds watch, gazing far out into the world; two swift-winged ravens come each evening to bring tales of all that happens back to the Asir. Forces of envy and greed gnaw at the beautiful tree; a dragon of evil and falsehood winds itself around the roots, where the norns are seated weaving their threads of fate.
The tree symbolizes life itself, being the cosmic movement inherent in all things living. But at the same time it suggests that the structure of the Universe is an ethical composition created in accordance with the will of the mightiest (whom we call gods), -- this realm of order and glory, however, to exist only so long as the gods remain true to themselves. But even in the time or woe when came the twilight of the gads, the beautiful tree remained up-right; it wavered, but did not break, for life itself is eternal and without end.
One of the most ancient symbols of Western man, the Irminsul was the carrier or a religious concept that was child-like in its simplicity but universal in scope. It involved man and his gods, the earth and the heavens, good and evil; it knew not only of the finite existence of man but that of his gods as well, making death and rebirth a part of the eternal tidal movements of life. The meaning of the beautiful symbol of the Yggdrasil was an accepted concept not only among the Norsemen, it was held sacred too by the Celts and Slavs (Indogermanic cousins of the Norse), and like many other symbols and festivals of these peoples found its way into Christian churches, where its meaning was reduced to that of an ornament, hailed as an omen of good luck.
If today the Irminsul again speaks to us, it is not only because of its significance as a revered symbol of our past. It is because throughout two thousand years of Christianity it has not lost its meaning. Its truths, so simply told, are mare relevant today than they have ever been. Science, in elaborate detail, has only made more manifest the oneness of the universe in all its complexity; an all-inclusive modern philosophy can only confirm the wisdom of our forebears And thus, after the twilight of the gods foretold by the Ancients, and the long dark night that follows, a new dawn may be seen breaking at last, in which the spirit of the gods of old will be born anew as truly as its heritage dwells still in the hearts and souls of the children of Odin, the Wise One.


Summer Solstice


About June 21 when the sun reaches the highest point in it's declination north, our forefathers felt that it was time to celebrate and pay tribute to the:wondrous celestial body without which there would be no plants, no animals, no people, no life.
This was the beginning of the summer season, when the flowers were a delight to behold, when the berries and vegetables brought a welcome addition to the menu, and when the crops gave promise of a plentiful harvest with grain and fruits to be stored for use during bleak winter months.
Indeed, our ancestors realized how important the sun was. No wonder they wanted to celebrate the wonderful, warm sun. And as a tribute they built fires, big, warm and bright like the sun itself; then they sat around the bonfires, sang the old songs and told the old sagas, or they feasted and danced all night, the young dreamt about love and a home of their own, or they talked about bold deeds and great adventures.
Yes, at Summer Solstice there were always great festivities in honor of the Goddess of the Sky.

 

 

 




Reenactment at the Centennial Pageant, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1925,
photo taken from The Promise of America

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