An Icelandic Perspective

It is very easy to get caught up in interpretations and ‘my way is better than your way’ conversations here in America. It is part of our nation’s wyrd to be revolutionary, daring, take risks even when we shouldn’t.

I have been introduced to some scholarship about Heathenry from other countries. And the questions they are asking and the answers they are getting are much different than what we are asking and answering here.

Probably one of the most interesting perspectives I’ve read in a long time is from a three part interview with Johanna Haradottir, a priestess in Iceland.

Part 1

Part 2, Runes

Part 3

There were two interesting differences from my thought and practice in these interviews.

To Haradottir, the gods are not distinct entities/people. They are representations of powers in nature and in ourselves.

I’m a hard polytheist. That is based on a combination of UPG(encounters and conversations with my deities of choice) and a degree of literalism when it comes to mythology that is birthview residue from Christianity.

To Haradottir, her faith is very environmentally conscious.

I have seen this in the Heathen community, but I have not seen it organized on the same level as it is in Iceland.

One thing I thought was funny; she insists Sturlson had to be pagan. Most Heathens I know here insist he was Christian.

It’s an interesting perspective from the land of the sagas.

Your mileage will most certainly vary.

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One Response to An Icelandic Perspective

  1. Leikkona says:

    I’m interested in the fact she assumed Snorri to be a pagan because … I was wondering about it after a trip in Iceland. It was made pretty clear, in the History museum (don’t remember the naaaame T_T), that paganism was not made illegal after the conversion, but was just made … private, because the conversion was a political move to keep Denmark at distance. So … on an island like this … It’s probable that the answer is probably “a mix of the two”, I think, now. :)

    Well, the take on Gods is interesting. It’s very widely seen like that in french pagan community, but in french norse paganism, I really don’t know. That’s really interesting to see how different we are :)

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