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Blogging Our Troth, part 8: The Forgotten Gods and Goddesses

This week's selection from the forthcoming third edition of Our Troth seems timely. June 5 is the feast day in the Roman Catholic Church of St. Boniface, who was noted for his missionary efforts in present-day Germany, until he was martyred in 754. Among other deeds, he is said to have felled the "Oak of Jupiter" (presumably sacred to Thor, or Donar) that once stood at Gaesmere (probably near Fritzlar in modern Hesse) and built a chapel from its wood. He is said to have destroyed other idols and holy sites.

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Blogging Our Troth, part 7: Nehalennia

Once again, I've got a section of the current working draft of the forthcoming third edition of Our Troth for you. Last week, you got the Saxon god Saxnot; today I have the honor to present the Roman-era goddess of the Rhine delta, Nehalennia. As always, this is a work in progress, and part of the reason I post these in the first place is in hopes of getting feedback—please leave a comment if you have anything to add, suggest, or even complain about. Thanks!

Nehalennia

 

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Blogging Our Troth, part 6: Saxnot

One of the things I want to to in the new Our Troth is give a bit more space to deities known from Germany and Anglo-Saxon England. The previous editions folded Saxnot, or Seaxneat, in with Tyr, and while this is a possibility, there are other opinions, within and outside of the Heathen community, as to who Saxnot might be. So Saxnot will get a section of his own, and here's the working draft of it. Enjoy! And feel free to post any comments you might have, or else drop me a line.

Saxnot (Sahsnôt, Seaxnēat)

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Blogging Our Troth, part 5: The Indo-Europeans, Part 3

I've got one more excerpt (for now) on the speakers of Proto-Indo-European languages, and next week I'll post something else. The usual disclaimer applies: This is the current working draft of a section of Our Troth 3rd edition, and it's subject to change between now and the eventual publication date (hopefully 2020, but that's not a promise!) Drop me a line or leave a comment if there's anything that you think I should change, delete, add, or otherwise improve. Thanks to everyone for reading this far—more will follow!

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Blogging Our Troth, part 4: The Indo-Europeans, Part 2

Once again, I'm blogging excerpts from the upcoming third edition of Our Troth. This week we continue with the mostly new chapter on the Indo-Europeans. The first edition of this chapter, back in 1993, was mostly written by Sunwynn Ravenswood. Recent discoveries—especially the ability to sequence and analyze DNA from ancient human remains, as well as some new syntheses of the past century of archaeological fieldwork—mean that I'm pretty much having to rebuild this chapter almost from the foundations.

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Blogging Our Troth, part 3: The Indo-Europeans, Part 1

As promised, I'm trying to post an except from the new material for Our Troth about once a week. Today's snippet is the opening of Chapter 2, the chapter on the Proto-Indo-European language, and the probable affinities and cultures of the people that spoke it. I think I'll continue this next week, so stay tuned. . . and drop me a line if there's something I should know, or you just want to let me know what you think. Enjoy!

 

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Blogging Our Troth, part 2

As I wrote last week, I will be posting excerpts from the third edition of Our Troth as I, and others, get them written and edited and ready for comment. Please feel free to offer any feedback you might have—if you know of better sources, take serious issue with something I say (no guarantee I'll go along with you, but I promise at least to hear you out), or just find a typo. The topics may jump around a bit, I fear.

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Blogging Our Troth

The first edition of Our Troth was published in 1993, spearheaded and largely written by Kveldúlfr Gundarsson, but with contributions from fifty other Heathens. The second edition came out as two volumes in 2005-6 (still in print here and here), with Diana Paxson as lead editor, and new material added by yet more contributors.

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Louisiana Church Burnings: Hate Has No Place Here

Hate Has No Place Here

The Troth strongly condemns Holden Matthews, the alleged arsonist of three historically African American churches: St. Mary Baptist Church, Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. 

An attack on any house of worship is an attack on the freedom of worship for all people. The actions of Mr. Matthews are antithetical of the values and beliefs of the majority of modern Pagans. 

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مجزرة نيوزيلاندا الإرهابية في كرايستتشيرش

نحن المنظمات الموقعة أدناه ، ندين الهجمات الإرهابية الفظيعة ضد المسلمين في كرايستشيرش ، نيوزيلندا. قتل الأرواح البريئة بهذا الشكل البشع في المساجد هو عمل غير انساني و لا يمثل اَي ديانة

(تمت إزالة المصدر لاحترام قانون النشر النيوزيلندي حول نشر الفيديو( نشر المجرم مجزرته على موقع الإلكتروني :

بالإضافة إلى ذلك كتب المجرم على فيسبوك: "سأقوم بالهجوم على الغزاة ، وسأنشر الهجمة على الهواء مباشرة عبر الفيسبوك". "إذا لم أتمكن من النجاة من الهجوم ، وداعاً، وسأراكم في الجنة"

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