Why Racism Harms Heathenry

This. Read this.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: The European peoples, definitely including the Germanic peoples, gave their culture to the world at gunpoint. We have no business now claiming that it should be exclusive to us, and no business claiming we are oppressed for having to keep sharing it.

The Norse gods and Their people aren’t known for staying home and keeping to themselves. They’re known for wandering, trading, and conquering. That means sharing, exchanging, and even forcing our culture, our values, our beliefs, on anyone we come into contact with. I can’t say it’s only fair that those other people then take on our culture, values, and beliefs, because it would be ridiculous to call colonialism “fair”.

If you want to try and argue that Europe only acted like that because of Christianity, then I cry bullshit, because all of Europe was terrified of the Norsemen before conversion specifically because of this behavior, and it was the culturally Germanic people who did things like stop to kill all the Jews in their local area before continuing on to the Crusades.

I’m not proud of this part of our heritage, but I am obliged to acknowledge that it’s part of our history. As such, it is completely fucking ridiculous to complain now that our culture is shared among the people we forced it on.

To little. Too late. If our Ancestors wanted to keep it all for us, They should have stayed home in the first place.


Sarenth Odinsson

This comment was made on The Wild Hunt recent Pagan Community Notes in response to HUAR calling out Irminfolk as a racist religious group.

“If your definition of the word “hurt” means “Anyone who holds a belief that I don’t like” then I agree, racism hurts people. But of course that’s nonsense. What hurts people are *actions* and *policies* in the public area. A private religion having it’s own bylaws, charter, and mission statement is not hurting anyone. The moment they take those beliefs and try to diminish the rights and freedoms of others (remember you don’t have a right to join any religion you want) then we can chat about hurting others. I’m not surprised at the lack of critical thinking on these posts, it’s pretty standard for the modern Pagan community. And if you read my first post, which sounds like you didn’t, I said “have a right…

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About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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