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by Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir
(Gudrun Kristin Magnusdottir)

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The noble feature of paganry (heathenry, ásatrú (asatru)) is the self-reliability of every individual.
All pagans seem to agree on that point. It is to be found in the Eddas all along.
Thus the main theme of Óðsmál (Odsmal) is:

Thou lead thyself
(you yourself should lead yourself
sjálfur leið þú sjálfan þig).

A lot of books has been written, a lot of research has been done. They seem to reveal that a great culture was destroyed by an invading, southern culture that was used by kings and tyrants as a tool of their dominance-urge. (Christianity; based on some ideas from theocracy of Jews (Moses-based), The Roman Empire, now under a new name as a guise for their underlying dominance urge: Theocracy. A smart Roman strategy it is.)
It was a terrible thing that the monks wrote history, as they distorted all facts in order to embellish the crimes of the theocracy, and mixed in lies about the ancient prevailing cult, ásatrú, paganry, heathenry, Frey-cult. This their invented, false, wrong misleading history is still taught in schools. The task waiting for us (and historians) is to correct these deliberate lies and misinterpretations.

First of all I shall tell you of the most incredible book that reveals the wisdom of the Vedic Literature on: as is the macro-cosmos so is the micro-cosmos. The book:
Human Physiology, Expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature, ISBN 189 595 8067, Atrium Pubs, June 1995; by Tony Nader, M.D.,Ph.D., first ruler, raaja, of the Global Country of World Peace, GCWP, vishva shaanti raastra,
the precise one-to-one relationship between the fundamental structures and functions of human physiology and the fundamental structures of Natural Law (Cosmic life). The fundamental structures of Natural Law connect individual intelligence with cosmic intelligence -- the basic structures or the human nervous system with their "cosmic counterparts". We should relate this beautiful knowledge to our northern gods. That opens up an amazing world.

Our olden science is practical in life, as it rids us of all suffering and brings bounty and perfect health.

I sincerely ask heathens to note, as we have a lot of mix-up with monotheistic inventions and dominance-devices:
Valhöll (Valhoell, Valhalla) - in terms of theosophy and heathenry - is considered to be a place for those who have conquered all difficulties that we meet as humans. Every single bit that is found in the description of Valhöll (Valhoell, Valhalla) means something in context of each individual's state of consciousness.

Valhöll is not for the dead but for the living. Einherjar in Valhöll is a state of consciousness, a stage of enlightenment, or Cosmic Conciousness, of a man in one of his life-spans.
(Do not confuse with theocratic inventions of one life-span only and heaven or hell after that.)
Huginn and Muninn, Óðin's ravens, are men striving for higher stages of consciousness, yogin and muni. They fly in the sky of consciousness -- in a feather guise.
(Gandreið, too, is that)

Brisingamen (the jewelry, “shining jewel”, that Freyja carries and owns) can be taken as mankind. This is theosophy of the Norse culture, a field that is waiting for young scholars who sincerely want to probe deeper into its values and deep meaning. Those who undersand the Vedas also understand the terms and symbols in asatru.

The wisdom is there, it only needs a mind to understand !!!
Our olden science is practical in life, as it rids us of all suffering and brings bounty and perfect health.

Some people call themselves asatruar, are robust and even burn churches. These people do not care the least about knowing the true essence of heathenry.  Some of these men only reinforce the image that was glued upon pagans: i.e. that they were uncouth barbarians. This is not a good thing, as that is a lie. Their behavior and views are based on a deliberate lie and cunnning misinterpretations.

Óðsmál (Odsmal) corrects misinterpretations of history. I hope that scholars of the future help to do that.

The Viking period probably was the end of this heathen cult, and even decadence and hollowness were possibly occurring by that time as signs of decline of the original heathen cult.
Now is the time to re-discover the pure core and essence of our beautiful wisdom and ancient science.

But we recomend:

For the correction of the wrongly imprinted "history", you should read:
Den forna seden (668 pp)
Östen Kjellman, Valkyria Förlag, Gautaborg, 1998
This book (two volumes) is sure to stir you and expose how brainwashed we are from dreadful imprinting of made-up and faked / falsified "history".

A great cult, pure spirituality and profound philosophy -- heathenry and the wisdom found in edda -- was almost killed by the strategic propaganda of the church telling us, wrongly, that Christianity is "evolved" and heathenry "primitive" . The warfare is called an "evolved religion" as to hide the real purpose: Imperialism. Originally the Roman Empire was dressed up in the garb of the "spotless" papal dress of infallibility. Theocracy is a cunning tool. Warfare and spirituality are opposites, and calling both a "religion" is the strategy of deliberate confusion.

we knew that the monks wrote lies as history.

May we have the luck to correct the made-up history about heathenry, because monotheistic theocracy is a step backwards for humanity's spiritual growth, and we should understand again the real purpose of life, man's evolution and the cycles of our world.

Some theories grounded on research state that originally the heathens were peaceful vegetarians. Climate probably was very different from what it is now.

Archeological findings show a long history of the northern culture.

Some claim the Frey cult to have been that of vegetarians, that never would harm another living thing, be it an animal or a man. They probably revered mother Earth as an all-yielding, living creature, and revered all of life that is of her, including men.

Please read on, if you are interested to know some terms relevant in the book Óðsmál (Odsmal), that is a pioneer work in this field. Óðsmál (Odsmal) is said to be the greatest thesis ever written on the profoundness of ginnungagap of heathenry. It actually is a revolutionary book on the theosophy of:
Hávamál, Völuspá, ásatrú
(Havamal, Voluspa, asatru)
and the theosophical part of other kvæði (kvaedi) of the Edda.
A charming rediscovery!
This book promotes research in (just to name some):
norse theology,
Sanskrit words in Icelandic and in

Continued research by Guðrún goði: audio-video, the abyss of the symbolic language of edda

To understand heathenry and its fate becomes a quest.
We are on our way towards perfection. Till we reach that goal we shall be reborn to have a chance to evolve.

Æsir (aesir, asa) as gods are the creative natural laws. They are all provident - "going our way" - if we do not violate them. Find the flow of nature, and it will support all your positive and creative desires.
This is a handy way for man to get life going his way.

Freyjukettir means: cats of Freyja. Her cats are her vehicle; thus: the power of love.

Please read on if you are interested in (the following) bits and pieces of old theories:

Óðinn (Odinn, Wodin, from Sanskrit "yodhin") and Frigg (Frigga, from Sanskrit "priya", resemble much the same as Óður (Odur) and Freyja: The male element as a spirit - a spouse to the female power, the universal unbounded love - is the beautiful idea that they - the male power and the female power - support each other. One without the other is not a full life. Purusha–Prakriti, Ying-Yang, and also found in Platon's writings (now not purely understood by all philosophers, though, and misunderstood by some feminists, as they have a christianity-based inferiority complex.).

Sanskrit priya FriggaSanskrit yodhin Odinn, Frigg, Óðinn

Also Freyr (god of love and fertility) and Gerður (Gerdur, growth, garden, food for us and our bairns (children)) are only a half life one without the other. (Freyr, Gerður (Gerdur), Skírnir (Skirnir), heathen yule (yule-tide, X-mas) is explained in Chatter 5 in Óðsmál (Odsmal).)  (Skirnismal)
'Oðinn-Gunnlöð, Skaði-Baldur (not Skaði-Njörður, though), Svipdagur(man)-Menglöð(the goddess within), Bragi-Iðunn,
Ægir(abyss of consciousness)-Rán(perfect orderliness), etc etc...

A prominent feature, a significant characteristic of northern myths, is, that the female power is equal to the male power. They supplement each other. The equality fraternity liberty is a necessity.
Women-disdain is imported by the christins (Roman Empire), and racism and intolerance of other mens' cultures .
If we compare the imported fables from the desert, we see that the decision of the pregnancy of Mary is of no concern of hers. She is a tool for the male to bear his son. An obedient domestic animal, invented by the church.

The great goddess was so strong that the church had to invent the story of Mary; is she Freyja??? that survived in this role, and is worshipped by many:

Is she Myriam the Jewish girl, fiancée of the cockalled Joseph, or is she Freyja surviving the dark ages of ignorance?

In the North, in the myths of our ancestors, the female will is all important.
This is reflected in the Icelandic Sagas, even if they are written under Christianity.
The legal position of women of the north is the best in the world. That is because we are, have actually always been, heathen.

Women priests in Iceland claim to learn disdain of women in the theology-department of the University of Iceland! A degree in human disdain?!!!
They say disdain is imported with Jewism and Christianity, and upheld by the Christian church.
Christianity has had a bad influence on the culture of the North.
Eve is the patriarchy's obedient woman. Adam's former wife, Lillith, is proud and self-reliant. The patriarchy got rid of her, of course. She became the serpent.

People claim Æsir (Aesir, the Asa) to have immigrated from Asia (-thus that name-) bringing with them their culture. So stated Snorri Sturluson in his prose Edda, (Snorra-Edda, Edda Snorra Sturlusonar) and in his Heimskringla,.
Snorri is one of few sources to be learned from.

Also theories of others point out the striking resemblance between terms in ásatrú (asatru) and The Ancient Vedic Culture. Words in ásatrú (asatru) are directly from Sanskrit (-such as Edda from Veda-).

And now you see, for the first time, a *NEW* interpretation by the authoress of Óðsmál (Odsmal) on Vanir. Her insight and fresh look at the misleading translations and stagnated views wake us up:
Vanir are rays, not hostages; -- but the Icelandic word gísl (gisl) means a hostage (plural: gíslar (gislar)), but the Icelandic word geisli means a ray (plural: geislar; just as the proper name Gísli (Gisli) can mean either a ray or a hostage).
Vanir are said to have been sent as hostages to Æsir (Aesir), but as Vanir are a more refined state of being in our human awareness, this is, by the author of Óðsmál (Odsmal) thought to be one of these usual misinterpretations and misleading translations, and should go: Vanir are sent to Æsir (aesir) as rays.
Sanskrit "go" means both a ray and a cow, and the cows in the cave and the battle to find them and free them, i.e. rediscover them, means actually our inner striving of finding the spiritual Sun, the rays, the dawn of enlightenment, within us, within ourselves, locked up in our inner cave.
The holy cows are rays to be found and are the dawn of spiritual understanding.
So Vanir come as rays to our present state of the efficient gods and goddesses (æsir, aesir) to enlighten us, thus making us see our goddess Sun within us.
And the cave is a symbol in Norse mythology, as well as in the Veda, of a locked up and hidden "place containing a treasure" within us.
But Vanir are primordial sounds. My beloved teacher maharishi is a physicist. He says:: Consciousness reverberates in terms of the impulses of consciousness. They reverberate as sound. Sound of Ved. Vedic sounds, Ved Vani. This is the reality of the self-referral state of consciousness of everyone.

Óðsmál (Odsmal) is meant to open our eyes for the profoundness and beauty of the heathen religion, our precious and mistreated inheritance. (Click *NEW* to read about new, original theories to be found in the pioneer work, Óðsmál (Odsmal.)

If it holds true that Æsir (the asa) as men came from Asia, they probably brought with them their ancient culture to Europe. This is thought to have been some 7000 - 7500 years ago.

This goes for Æsir (Aesir from Asia) as men as history. What about æsir (aesir, asa) as gods in ásatrú (asatru)? Are they worldly idols or real and profound divinities? (Please read on:)

Hávamál (Havamal) and Völuspá (Voluspa) are sacred texts and contain pure wisdom. They were most likely sung or chanted. Some brave man wrote all the poems down under Christianity. We do not understand their profound meaning now-a-days. We do not understand their depth. We have been taught for centuries to look upon them either as heresy or only silly, old myths. We are proud of them as old culture, and a lot of research is going on. It is not touching on the very point in it, and that is because very few people understand the sphere of life that the sacred texts of the North are teaching. In fact they are a treasure if we want to understand the profound wisdom waiting for us there. Óðsmál (Odsmal) is the revolutionary work needed to open this field up for scholars, researchers and the common man.

The ethics of heathenry is the most beautiful I know.
To be "good" is not to be obedient to creeds and doctrines.
Righteousness is to be valiant enough to fight for others. That is to be "good"

No double standard ethic is found in this northern inheritance.
Some people know revealed religions that tell men to love some, hate and kill some, try to make others worship their certain God. All this is alien to ásatrú (asatru) and does not belong in the North in any way.

This our precious inheritance, heathenry, is now of great importance to us. It is ancient and still relevant, because it is pure and profound.
Æsir (the asa as men) are said to have come from Asia some 5500 years BC. The great goddess of the North Nerthus is said to have been here then, i.e. the Frey cult. These two cultures made peace according to myths*, collided and eventually mingled in peace. Goddesses are to be found in both (asatru (Vedic wisdom) and Frey-cult (Vanir; age-old heathenry)).  Mother Divine is a great power in the Vedic culture and fits perfectly in heathenry's female powers. Both cults are peaceful and profound in their essence.

*) Some historians claim the famous peace between Æsir (aesir, asa) and Vanir to be telling us that the prevailing culture of the North accepted the depth of the Vedic culture in addition to the Frey cult's profound nature feeling and man-nature co-operation.

Only later (some thousands of years later) some aggressive cultures were imported by kings and tyrants and used as tools of oppression in Europe. That stuff (the southern culture and the Roman Empire under a new name: Christ's bride (the church)) was threat-imposed upon us. These papal rulers destroyed or exploited concepts (such as yule (X-mas, Christmas) and Easter, which are age old heathen feasts; Man and Nature; Skírnismál (Skirnismal), the heathen yule). These papal rulers burned sacred trees, killed men and burned men alive at the stake. Everything sacred to heathen men was said to be of some devil (a concept alien to us).

Some claim valkyries in northern mythology, the war maidens, to have been invented by the influence of aggressive religions.  The fierce battle of good (iron angles) and bad (devils) might have influenced the peaceful culture that heathenry most likely was at that time. Luther and his protest against idolatry of the Catholics, is known to have been all devil-worship and war against natural human pleasures. It you really would like to read horror and disgusting porno, try Luther.

Goddess Freyja is, by some men, thought to be Nerthus, as Freyja means The Lady, and perhaps the name of Nerthus was too sacred to be spoken.

Vanir - gods other than æsir (aesir, asa) - are perhaps the ancient Frey cult. Freyja is Vanadís (Vana-dis). The word Venus is the same word etymologically as Vanir. (You can read about stars and gods and goddesses in Chatter (chapter) 19 in Óðsmál (Odsmal), and names of the days and gods and goddesses in Chatter 17; names of stars Ch.19 and Ch.3.

Afrodite rises up from the sea.  Afros means foam.

<---Afrodite rises up from the sea. Afros means foam. Freyja can also mean foam, froth.

Njörður (Njordur) the Norse sea god, is thought to have been goddess Nerthus, now using a different gender as gods sometimes do. Nerthus has very much to do with bathing in the sea, symbolizing renewal. Symbolizing the birth of a new life, birth of all life on earth. Here we have a picture of Afrodite the Greek. She is a goddess of fertility of earth and goddess of love and beauty. She is much associated with love and all living nature. Afros means sea foam. Afrodite: she who ascends from the sea, as all life began in the sea. Also every man is born out of the water in the mother womb. Some 350 million years ago life is supposed to have been in the ocean.

The womb and the tomb are symbols of the same thing: one of the cycles in which everything in heathenry evolves.

Straight line in life (one life, one doomsday, one chance, one redeemer, one prophet, one God, one womb, one tomb) does not belong in heathenry. Everywhere cycles are to be found in heathenry. Cycles are in nature. Cycles are in life. Cycles are in the evolution of mankind.

Luckily the dawn of enlightenment is gradually coming to men on earth. Not all of us at the same time, but we are rediscovering our innermost Truth, we are rediscovering the profound meaning of Vedic literature, we rediscover the great knowledge that was known before the monotheistic disaster. We are starting to realise that heathenry is more profound and beautiful and true than the monotheistic power tools. That what was is superior not inferior, profound not barbaristic, it is profound knowledge not superstition and not ignorance.
It has deliberately been lied, people killed, and history has been "made-up", yes, history, taught in schools, has deliberately been changed and "made-up", in order to brain-wash us. Just a strategy of the theocracy.
I am sorry to say that right now we are on a very dangerous part of the cycle of the evolution of humans. The search for the innermost, unknown god is, -- by expensive propaganda and money-powered missionaries --, replaced by known only-gods. These mono-god people are theocratic emperors. Theocracy is a most dangerous kind of power. It has nothing to do with real divinity. It uses (abuses) the word divinity to become worldly emperors.

Hell and heaven (used in monotheistic religions) are entirely other concepts than fate, good, evil, Hel and Valhöll (Valhoell) in the old European culture. Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains it in Ch.20. Theories do exist on where the hell-and-heaven-ideas come from originally. Hell as punishment (for sins and for not believing) and heaven as reward (for worshipping the right god and obeying his (or actually the prophet's)) rules, commandments, bans. etc. are smart gadgets used on credulous men.

To be sheep in a herd obeying a shepherd is not possible for a heathen man. He is all-responsible for himself, his actions and his surroundings, and he is a part of nature as are the gods (æsir, the asa, and Vanir).

Bans and musts, creeds and dogmas, do not belong. Only good advice for those asking and ready to listen.

Gods are within everyone. (Click shallow gods of profound gods for: God as a device for the urge of dominance.).

Nobody reaches a god through anyone else than himself. A redeemer blocks the way for the individual to find his innermost, divine core within himself and leads him astray in worldly thoughts and worldly systems.

Beware of religions that are used to oppress man's freedom. These religions might claim belief in a man, or a God through a man, to be the only key to divine life. Often they have an only true God (along with an only true prophet). Believing in and worshipping some man, whatever his name, is a dangerous thing on one's path towards perfection, as it misleads and retards the individual's evolution. Belief is a dangerous thing. Belief is a worldly phenomenon and might retard an individual's enlightenment and make the credulous believer waste a lifetime.

The good way to find ones god or gods or goddess or goddesses is to probe within.

All the power is within me and within you. Holding true that someone outside and above is ruling your life, deprives you of responsibility, and can be (is) called dope for slaves.

Even Urður (Urdur), Verðandi (Verdandi) and Skuld, the three norns of fate, can not be made responsible. (For that see Chatter (Chapter) 20 in Óðsmál (Odsmal)). (Click *NEW*) Urður (Urdur) is what I do. Verðandi (Verdandi) the process, or lapse of time, until Skuld, who is Debt, brings your doings back to their origin: you yourself.
Who is responsible for my fate? Me? Can I not blame anyone else?
Saint-Peter with the big book, and the whimsical forgiving or revenging, good or angry Hebrew god is (in Ch.20 in Óðsmál (Odsmal)) explained in the context of fate, along with the karma-theory. Have you ever thought about the connection between karma and Urður (Urdur), Verðandi (Verdandi) and Skuld, the three norns of fate?  Have your heard about the newer invention: "St.Peter at the golden gate, looking up some information in a book"? Do you know that some men invented doomsday lately just to frighten those men who want to be sheep? Do you know where this idea comes from originally in another meaning?
There is a lot of things that we do not know. Some people hate these sensitive topics to be brought up. But books have been written and books have been banned. Why were they banned? Because they exposed the truth. Do you know who do not want the truth? Do you know why they do not want it. Do you know that history has been invented so that you believe the indoctrinations.

Do you know that i met an educated lady, holding an official high post, that could not say merry yule-tide, merry christmas, to me, a heathen, as this was blasfemi to her mind? Told that jól, yule, x-mas, is an ancient heathen feast, the light of life being born, winter solstice, was even worse for her.

Týr (Tyr) the age old sky god is every individual's sense of justice. Justice and righteousness are to be found within.
Týr (Tyr) is a sky god - and perhaps the Hebrew god was put in the sky to suffocate Týr (Tyr) - but above all, Týr (Tyr), the fair heathen sky god, is within every individual. (Click
shallow gods or profound gods)
Týr (Tyr) is entirely different from Mars the Roman as he is interpretated now-a-days, but i think his role used to be that of destroying ingornace in us.
Chatter 24 in Óðsmál (Odsmal) is for Týr (Tyr) and what it means to be valiant, what "duty" is, what "a deed" is. We must see the difference between stubbornness, the silliness of martyrdom, on one hand, and on the other hand the deed to claim righteousness in order to relieve the sufferings of others.
Drómi and Læðingur are sloth and inertness and laysiness, carelessness.
(Fenrir, Fenrisúlfur, is our evil deeds accumulating)

Do you realise that some men call it a deed and a duty to kill other men only because they refuse to believe in the god for whose exploiter they are warriors?

God Þór (Thor) gives farmers and laborers power. Óðsmál (Odsmal) states that this power is to be found within. Þór (Thor) is each individual's profound might and main.

Also that goddess Eir is the tranquillity, peace and quiet within  --- She is the best of healers.

Sif is Þór's (Thor's) wife. She is a beautiful concept too. As you know Þór (Thor) is the god of farmers, -  his beloved is the crop, the harvest. The golden hair of Sif, Þór's (Thor's) wife, is the golden ripe field. "Gold and green forests" is a heathen proverb for the yielding of Nature.

Easter is a Germanic goddess of spring.  Do people know this? (Click man and nature)
Vor forni siður (sidur, our olden custom) has been treated mercilessly and unfairly for the past 10-20 centuries.

In its true essence asatru (trust in the gods; not belief at all) is the purest and most profound religion we can think of. Óðsmál (Odsmal) is written because the author of Óðsmál (Odsmal) is worried about mankind. If we loose the profoundness we are lost.
Heathenry used to be much, much more profound than the religion we are used to hear about here in the West. Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains.

Dr.Keshava Deva Shastri from Benares, India, president for International Congress of Religious Philosophies (San Francisco, California, 1915) stated that the forefathers of the Scandinavian people came directly from India under the leadership of Óðinn (Odinn) about 5500 years BC - He says between Ramanaya (as its influence shows) and Mahabharata (of which no trace is found here in the North).
Here below are listed some of his quoted Sanskrit words directly to be found in Icelandic and in the myths, culture and sacred texts of ásatrú (asatru):
Veda (Edda); Skand nabia (Scandinavia); Asigarh (Ásgarður); Jyotirheim (Jötunheimar); Gurudham (Goðheimar); Uttragard (Útgarðar); Medhgard (Miðgarður); vala, bala (vala); Gargya (Grágás); Lokreta (Lögrétta); Baut-sthan (bautasteinn);  etc.,etc.,

The following Icelandic words are claimed to have come directly from Sanskrit:
Óðinn (Odinn), Huginn, Muninn, Ásgarður (Asgardur), Miðgarður (Midgardur), Grágás (Gragas), Útgarður (Utgardur), Jötunheimar (jotunheimar), Rígur (í Rígsþulu; Rigur), vala (völva; volva), Alfaðir (alfadir, Ymir, Gautur, hlautbolli, Lögrétta (Logretta), Æsir (aesir), Auðumbla (Audumbla), Ægir (Aegir), Baldur, brynja, Edda, faðir (fadir), bróðir (brodir), móðir (modir; these last ones to be found in most Indo-European languages), kvæði (kvaedi), bautasteinn, Skaði (Skadi), Skandinavía (Skandinavia), Ymir, Vani.
Óðsmál (Odsmal) is meant to promote research in etymology, as we know there is a lot of Sanskrit words in Icelandic, and this tells us a lot. Óðinn (Odinn) is from Sanskrit yodhin (conqueror, warrior), Huginn and Muninn (Odin's two ravens) from Sanskrit yogin and muni, Edda from Veda, asman is hammer, Thor's hammer, Sanskrit asigarh is Ásgarður (Asgardur).

Sanskrit asman hammerSanskrit veda eddaSanskrit yogin HuginnSanskrit munih MuninnSanskrit priya FriggSanskrit yodhin Odinn

Dr. C.A.Holboe, wrote extraordinary articles in 1846-1852 on etymology and on the striking resemblance between Sanskrit and Icelandic grammar.
For some reason or other this aspect of the cultural inheritance - the Eddas and the northern myths - is always left out when it comes to the educational system in Iceland. That we must remedy.
Det norske Sprogs væsentligste Ordforraad, sammenlignet med Sanskrit og andre Sprog af samme Æt : bidrag til en norsk etymologisk Ordbog, Holmboe, C.A., Wien, 1852, Det odlnorske Verbum, oplyst ved Sammenligning med Sanskrit og andre Sprog af samme Æt., Holmeboe. C.A., Christiania 1848, Sanskrit og oldnorsk : en sprogsammenlignende afhandling / af C.A. Holboe, Christiania: Fabritius, 1846. And there are other thesises too on the corresponding concepts in Sanskrit and Iclandic.

Óðsmál (Odsmal) is meant to promote research in ethnology, as Grýla (Gryla) might be Gerður (Gerdur) from Skírnismál (Skirnismal in the Edda), jólasveinar (jolasveinar, yule-boys; julenisse) might be our ancestors in disguise, as they are said to steal food in Iceland. But that actually might have been prohibited food-giving to reverent ancestors.

The eleven golden apples from Skírnismál (Skirnismal) are still to be found in Europe, only people now-a-days do not know where they come from. Apples at yule-tide are very heathen. So is the Christmas tree, the lights, the presents, etc. It was borrowed and recycled as it could not be suffocated. (Click man and nature)

Interesting books have been written about the fact that everything in the newer, revelatory, monotheistic religions is to be found in ancient myths, and has been used (exploited) to appeal to the people. Every story in The Books has been traced back to its origin.

It is interesting to chase back and find out what has been used from European heathenry (paganism) in Christianity.
Mysticism is one of that which has been "borrowed" and put into the mono-god. He actually is all-worldly only.

Óðsmál (Odsmal) suggests (click *NEW*) that the "the crucified carries away all sins" is taken from Hávamál (Havamal). The original beauty has been abused, though, and a putrid horror story put in its place.
Many papers have been published on the resemblance between these two: the ancient Hávamál (Havamal) runatal or Óðin's (Odin's) yoga on the friendly tree (verse 138), and the recently invented meaning of the famous incident when the Jews wanted Jesus to be punished to a dreadful death for his blasphemy.

Christians borrowed the god from the Jews, killed Jews in the name of that god (and still have Jew-problems, as Jews are great revenger and stick tight together)  because Pontius Pilatus the Roman washed his hands and the Jews sentenced Jesus (that never was a Christian) to a horrible, prolonged death agony for blasphemy towards that god of the Jews  - and later the very god of the Christians too, when Jesus became the new Roman emperor and the name in which the Christian world-empire is based. (All power on earth and in heaven is given to me (Jesus). Go and make all nations disciples. So off they go with the sword and philanthropy-money.)
This whole story is a part of the endless religious wars of religions of one true god and fundamentalism. Wars and killing are monotheistic hobbies.

Moses is known to have picked a worldly god for his new people, not a nation then but a mixture of slaves in Egypt. Moses, brought up as a prince, had no status as a prince and no nation to rule. He promised the slaves (later Hebrews) land and riches from that newly revealed god. He killed all his disobedient men (tens of thousands) as his new god told him to do. He actually sometimes told the god not to be so harsh as he got when he was angry.

Moses knew how to read and write but Mohammed claimed to be illiterate and Jesus never wrote anything so we do not know if he was a learned man or not.

Óðsmál (Odsmal) is meant to promote research in sociology. We do sometimes confuse social rules and ethics with religions.
The social status of women of the North is legally the best in the whole world. Is that because we were and still are heathen in our behavior and thinking? Have we actually always been heathen? Is it unsuffocable? Interesting books and papers have been written in this interesting field.

Women priests in Iceland claim to learn disdain of women in the University of Iceland!!! They say it comes from Jewism and to be withheld by the Christian church. Does this mean imported disdain of women? Does this mean a university degree in disdain? Is it a social rule? Who invented it? Who imported it? And: Why?
If we, on the other hand, to contrast Christianity, look to:
Gerður (Gerdur) and Freyr
(Skírnismál, Skirnismal),
Gunnlöð (Gunnloed) and Óðinn (Odinn),
Skaði and Njörður (Njordur),
Freyja in Þrymskviða
(Thrymskvida), Þrymskviða(symbolic language)- to name some proud, self-reliant, decisive female powers and male-female relationships of the northern myths,
and compare these heathen self-esteem concepts to that of:
Marie's pregnancy by the Hebrew god
and Eve's curiosity to give man the status of man to be a cause for condemnation and repel,
we find an appalling  - or actually a delightful - difference.
I repeat the question: Is the social status of women in the northern countries so good as we know it to be because we are heathen? Frú (fru,Frau,(Mrs.)) is from the word Freyja. A woman is not a possession of a male like the donkey and the house and the car.
Marriage is her decision, no less than her husband's to be, whom she marries. Fathers do not "own" their daughters' life. And does not “hand her over to another male”.
In Iceland family names hardly exist, babies get morther's or father's first name (adding -son or -daughter), and women do not change their names when marrying. Did you know this?:
(I repeat) An Icelandic woman does not change her name when she gets married. An Icelandic kid can use either mother's first name or father's first name for a second name. (Boys add -son, girls add -daughter).

Concepts sacred to heathen men have been treated unjustly:

Cats are said to have been held in great esteem as sacred animals. Their eyes were related to the moon.
Cats were tortured and killed during the dark middle ages, said to be of a devil (some imported "devil" whatever that is) in order to make people stop treating them like good and godly creatures. (Still superstition is to be found about cats, (e.g. black ones).) The Christian church started a holocaust. Cats were mercilessly tortured and killed. (This took place during the dark middle ages when the church ruled Europe.) Mice and rats bloomed bringing plagues to cause the deaths of thousands of men. That again was said to be the Hebrew god's will or revenge for people's sins.

OM (in Hinduism and Buddhism) is the huge Ymir in northern mythology, the same thing as The Big Bang for scientists. Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains delightfully and in a lucid way the birth of a world, from religious and scientific points of view (that turns out to be one and the same).

All our curiosity is man's search for Truth and his origin.

In the sacred texts of the North we see that people were reborn because of love. This is interpreted as a heathen view of men living again and again on earth. Einherjar in Valhöll (Valhalla) seem to reinforce that ancient knowledge. They play fighting games, fall dead, are resurrected every evening, throw a party, sleep, wake up next morning for more fighting games. Reincarnation, each individual's path towards perfection.

No research that I know has been done on kalpa (on one hand) and (on the other hand) the time concept in heathenry or ásatrú (asatru).
Einherjar in Valhöll (Valhoell) and the numbers 216 and 432 are of great interest in connection with kalpa.

Einar Pálsson (Einar Palsson; Iceland) made some amazing discoveries. His magnificent books and papers can be bought in Iceland.
Einar's marvelous theories were not accepted by the University professors in Iceland to begin with, as they, actually, "owned" the right to interpret the Icelandic Sagas and did not want new findings from a non-scholar to cast a shadow on their work of a lifetime. Einar's ideas were therefore first accepted abroad, and then (years later) accepted in Iceland as profound and revolutionary.

Ragnarök (ragnaroek), what on earth is that?
Maybe some invading ideology took it for something called doomsday, and used it in a wrong sense to suit its threats?
The real and original meaning is that the world has cycles, the human race has cycles, and on top of that: we should be aware as we are responsible. That is the original, heathen meaning. Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains the cycles of worlds.

Eotens and gods form a cycle. Jötnar (joetnar; eotens, giants) are explained in Chatter (Chapter) 7 in Óðsmál (Odsmal). The fight between gods (creative power) and eotens (destructive powers) are the perpetual cycles in life. Even a decaying body cell is fighting its ragnarök (ragna-roek). Ragnarök (ragnaroek) is not as some doomsday that some people might have heard about. Völuspá (Voluspa), the main kvæði (kvaedi) of the sacred texts of the North in Edda, is all about these cycles in life that come with life and of which we are a part.

In Óðsmál (Odsmal) you will find quotations from Greek mythology and Greek words etymologically.
The Neoclassicism (New-Classicism) tried to revive the old Greek concepts of
god being unknown. This was a main theme of god and the form until Paul the apostle imported the known mono-god of Judaism.
By Neo-Classicism, men in Europe wanted to look back to the golden age of heathenry in Europe. The church did not like that at all and these men that were trying to find god within were said (by the church) to be contemplating their own navel. The propaganda against Neoclassicism was so strong that we still believe the church and hold true that gods can not be found in one's belly (stomach), but that there is only one god (God, as his name) out there and up there somewhere, and we can not reach him (Him, as a name) without a certain one and only redeemer
Some people even think there only are two options to choose from: Believe in the Hebrew god (Moses's god, Allah, Christian god, on one hand) and to be an atheist (definitely no god, or being sceptic about if there is a god at all, on the other hand). Óðsmál (Odsmal) rejects this and claims gods to be within and the mono-god to be used as a worldly tool only. Perhaps former Neoclassicism is the New Age Movement of to-day. The beauty of heathenry can not be suffocated in humans. And it is to be found all over our beloved Mother Earth. Goddess Earth also is mother of Þór (Thor), the strong thunder god, that brings rain for vegetation.

The quest of the human spirit is to find Truth. Searching for Truth will be our quest forever.

Holy Mary is said to be an answer of the church to our great loss when the great goddess was banned and patriarchy took over.
Mary can never take Freyja's place as Mary is male-ruled. She belongs to the patriarchy and obeys its dogmas. But we can change her back to being Freyja, the great goddess within, proud and a symbol of the perpetual dynamism of creating power.

Goddesses and female power and all girls as incarnations of universal love (Freyja) in Northern myths and theosophy of heathenry, are equal to the male power. Every myth in the Eddas (and even women as characters in the Icelandic Sagas (written under Christianity)) seem to point this out to us. Luckily, heathen philosophy has been a very strong element in this sense in Iceland - and still is.
The ancient Vedic culture held the female in great esteem. Now-a-days Hinduism is on a very wrong path in some places, far away from the Vedas, taking up monotheistic, patriarchic women-disdain. That is a great shame.

Look at the female deity goddess Freyja in Þrymskviða (Thrymskvida) , Þrymskviða(symbolic language)

Legally speaking, the human rights of women in the northern countries are the best in the world. Any woman can, under any circumstances, wherever she chooses, express her views on whatever she has an opinion on. In some countries this kind of behavior of women would call for punishment or death onto them. But here in the North it is actually expected of women to have an opinion on whatever they wish, and openly and/or publicly to give it away freely. For us it is natural human rights. Robust, northern ladies, as well as our robust men, bloom in self-esteem. They are ministers, MPs, whatever.

Hope you enjoy reading Óðsmál (Odsmal). It is written by a wise woman.

It is so befitting to allow people to have access to a book on the profoundness and beauty of heathenry now, as more and more people are asking about it. The pure theosophy is no-where explained or taught, and many people have got the wrong idea (--due to some 10-20 centuries of brainwashing and indoctrination). Ásatrú (asatru) is in some places treated as museum-junk only, interesting for ethnology research perhaps, -- if it is mentioned at all in schools and universities.
Some men claim to be ásatrúarmen (asatruar men) but only reinforce the erroneous role thrust upon heathens: savage barbarians. And that is a pity. Therefore the pure and profound theosophy of our precious inherited culture must be rediscovered and explained to those who want to know.

Mjöllnir, su-asti-ka, our means to rid us of trolls of ignorance.

the abyss of the symbolic language of edda; on DVDs, and soon launged here video/audio

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