A Complex Pantheon

A friend of mine writes about the differences between different types of Norse Paganism, and the three complex Norse pantheons. Cleared a lot of things up for me.

The Temple of the Oak, Hammer, and Star

Without fear of hyperbole, it can be said that the Norse pantheon is one of the most complicated ones in antiquity, easily rivaling the complexities of the Egyptian and Sumerian pantheons. In part, this is because they mirrored the complexities of early Norse and Germanic societies, who were, and are, too often swiftly dismissed in modern media as simply being “barbarians”. Broadly speaking, there are are three ” families” of gods and goddesses in the pantheon of northern Europe, the Æsir, Vanir, and Rokkr. The former two are known to have existed in antiquity, while the latter appears to be an invention in the modern recreated practises of the faith. Where it gets complicated is that these groups, while appearing to fit into neat boxes, are actually intertwined by blood, marriage, and conflict. The Asa gods of the Æsir fought with, and then came to a peace accord with the…

View original post 426 more words


~ by Sable Aradia on January 15, 2015.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Protagonist Speaks

Interviews with the protagonists of your favourite books

RevKess's Reviews

RevKess reviews books and music.

JC Morrows

Fantastical Fiction Wrapped up in Faith

Renaissance Universal

Respect for all living beings.

Diane Morrison

Speculative Fiction Writer

Okangan NaNoWrimo

Home to Okanagan Wrimos


Heathenism, Asatru, and the daily grind.

Michael J. Martinez

Author of MJ-12: INCEPTION and the DAEDALUS trilogy

amo vitam

life, the universe, and a few-odd other things

Sage and Starshine

Life, the universe, and a few other things of import.

Problems With Infinity

Confessions of a Delusional Maniac

Spelljammer: Birthstone

A PATHFINDER Offline Tabletop Campaign Blog

Mabon - Autumn Equinox Festival

Winnipeg's Annual Pagan Autumn Equinox Festival

The Cauldron of the Allta Cailleach

Hunting Coven of the Old Craft

Winding Widdershins

Politics & Paganism in the True North, Strong & Free

%d bloggers like this: