Yet again, the Wild Hunt publishes some drivel by Karl Seigfried. Galina does a good job of cutting to the heart of the matter and calling stupid is as stupid does, but there’s a couple of points I wanted to expand upon.
The importance of knowing one’s ancestors is the most basic of things, you must know your roots, your tradition, your origins. And I don’t just mean that by genetic legacy, but by the legacy of the tradition itself. We see there are laws, that if you couldn’t identify the graves of those on the land, you couldn’t inherit the land. There were special rituals for the ancestors. For crying out loud, he wants to gut the religion of one of it’s pillars of praxis. What a fuckin idiot.
Anyone who knows history, knows we have ample evidence that these peoples weren’t a “white race” but a multi-cultural one. The true “VIKINGS” those who went a-viking, were pirates, people would join up and drop out wherever they went. We see trade, and other cultural exchanges. There’s a genetic study that shows a chunk of modern Icelanders are descended from an indigenous north american tribe. In the Bibliotheca Augustana we see a text that speaks of cultural groups joining up with the raiding vikings. The Annals of Ulster show mixed cultural groups across the countryside. An analysis of skeletons at sites linked to Vikings using the latest scientific techniques points to a mix of Scandinavian and non-Scandinavian peoples without clear ethnic distinctions in rank or gender. Studies from genetics, to isotope evidence, point to a culturally diverse group. Archaeological trade goods also show great exchange.
The early Vikings’ success stemmed in their ability to embrace and adapt from a wide range of cultures: Christian Irish, Muslims of the Abbasid Caliphate, and all parts in between. Some great academic books on the subject are James Graham-Campbell’s Viking World and Dubois’ Nordic Religions in the Viking Age.
Basically “Karl” is buying into the “oh so white” theory, and that just shows his own lack of credentials in this subject area.
So since Karl has wrongly appropriated our religion, can we get rid of him? Maybe have an auction and see if some other religion wants to adopt him?
Not to mention, it’s so absurd to allow a fringe to dictate the practices of the mainstream. You never see people saying because of crazies like the Branch Davidians, or The Peoples Temple Agricultural Project (aka Jonestown) that Christianity should redefine it’s entire praxis.