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The Heathen History Podcast
80 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 23 – Book ’em Dan O (Halloran): Our first Big Name Heathen Politician
Buy Ben’s new book Our Troth: Heathen History today! Dan Halloran was the first public big name Heathen, who served on the New York City Council, a position that is more powerful than many state government jobs. He was also the founder of what was once the largest Theodish groups in North America. What happened to make this great man fall so far? Join us for a episode on one of the most controversial figures in Heathenry today. Facebook Website Patreon Sources: Brown, S. R. (2015, January 8). Dan Halloran becomes scuba teacher after career as politician tanks. nydailynews.com. https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/career-pol-tanks-dan-halloran-scuba-teacher-article-1.2070198 Coles, E. (2013, April 3). Understanding Asatru/Heathenry: There is life after Dan Halloran. Glen Cove, NY Patch. https://patch.com/new-york/glencove/bp–understanding-asatruheathenry-there-is-life-afterf1454827da Corrupt city councilman Didnâ��t respect his Religionâ��s rules, either. (2013, April 6). Intelligencer. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2013/04/halloran-didnt-respect-religions-rules-either.html Councilman Halloran faces inquiry over romance with another former staffer. (2013, April 29). New York Post. https://nypost.com/2013/04/29/councilman-halloran-faces-inquiry-over-romance-with-another-former-staffer/ Disgraced ex–councilman says he’s a ‘political prisoner’. (2017, October 28). New York Post. https://nypost.com/2017/10/28/disgraced-ex-councilman-says-hes-a-political-prisoner/ Donlevy, K., & Editor, A. (2020, June 25). Halloran released early from prison. Queens Chronicle. https://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/halloran-released-early-from-prison/article_21033902-5c85-5a13-a272-becf9e03a9e3.html Evidence is elusive on charge of a Blizzard slowdown (Published 2011). (2011, January 26). The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. https://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/nyregion/26snowman.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Former New York City council member Daniel Halloran found guilty in federal court of bribery and fraud charges connected to 2013 Mayor’S race. (2015, May 18). U.S. Department of Justice. https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/former-new-york-city-council-member-daniel-halloran-found-guilty-federal-court-bribery Grossman, A. (2013, May 1). Embattled Halloran won‘t seek re–election to council. WSJ. https://www.wsj.com/articles/BL-METROB-17427 Halloran in the Holy Land. (2012, September 13). The 5 Towns Jewish Times. https://www.5tjt.com/halloran-in-the-holy-land/ Halloran: Lancman’s record ‘Does not match his personal commitment to his faith’. (12, May 21). Observer. https://observer.com/2012/05/halloran-lancmans-record-does-not-match-his-personal-commitment-to-his-faith/ History of Theodish Beleif. (n.d.). Welcome to Wednesbury Shire of White Marsh Theod. https://www.englatheod.org/theodhistory.htm Irish American Pagan attorney running for city council in queens. (2014, January 23). IrishCentral.com. https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irish-american-pagan-attorney-running-for-city-council-in-queens-67641292-237667161 King of queens: An unconventional republican. (2012, August 21). The Times of Israel | News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. https://www.timesofisrael.com/king-of-queens-an-unconventional-republican/#gs.flau75 Meng: ‘Troubled and deeply saddened’ by father’s arrest; Halloran declines to comment. (12, July 24). Observer. https://observer.com/2012/07/grace-meng-troubled-and-deeply-saddened-by-fathers-arrest/ New York America’s top heathen – Village voice. (2011, November 30). Wayback Machine. https://web.archive.org/web/20131115125055/www.villagevoice.com/content/printVersion/3222100/ Not found. (2013, April 3). The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/nyregion/state-senator-and-city-councilman-accused-of-try Pagan politicians: An interview with Dan Halloran. (2010, October 29). Patheos | Hosting the Conversation on Faith. https://www.patheos.com/resources/additional-resources/2010/10/pagan-politicians-interview-with-dan-halloran Pitzl-Waters, J. (2009, September 18). The Theodish republican running in NYC district 19. The Wild Hunt. https://wildhunt.org/2009/09/the-theodish-republican-running-in-nyc-district-19.html Pitzl-Waters, J. (2009, September 25). Another Pagan politician outed, Halloran on the outs? The Wild Hunt. https://wildhunt.org/2009/09/another-pagan-politician-outed-halloran-on-the-outs.html Pitzl-Waters, J. (2010, March 1). Quick note: Halloran for Congress? The Wild Hunt. https://wildhunt.org/2010/03/quick-note-halloran-for-congress.html Pitzl-Waters, J. (2010, June 17). Dan Halloran‘s parking problems | Paganism. The Wild Hunt. https://wildhunt.org/2010/06/dan-hallorans-parking-problems.html Pitzl-Waters, J. (2010, August 24). Pagans and Park51. The Wild Hunt. https://wildhunt.org/2010/08/pagans-and-park51.html (n.d.). qchron.com | Local Community, Entertainment, Politics, Transportation & School News for Queens New York. https://www.qchron.com/editions/north/former-traffic-agent-sues-halloran-for-m/article_b13a9320-aac0-5876-a67c-e1674cfcd6d6.html?mode=image&photo=0 Queens G.O.P. Endorses Halloran for Congress (Published 2012). (2012, March 26). The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/nyregion/queens-republicans-endorse-daniel-halloran-for-congress.html?_r=1 Read, M. (n.d.). The saga of Dan Halloran, the first atheling of Theodish new Normandy, who was arrested in a bribery probe. Gawker. https://gawker.com/5993290/the-saga-of-dan-halloran-the-first-atheling-of-theodish-new-normandy-who-was-arrested-in-a-bribery-probe State sen. Malcolm Smith, city councilman Halloran arrested in ‘bribery plot’ to rig mayor race. (2013, November 13). New York Post. https://nypost.com/2013/04/02/state-sen-malcolm-smith-city-councilman-halloran-arrested-in-bribery-plot-to-rig-mayor-race/ Thrasher, S. (2009, October 26). Grand ol‘ Pagan: What does the republican ‘Heathen‘ running for New York‘s city council actually believe? Wayback Machine. https://web.archive.org/web/20110226185214/blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2009/10/grand_ol_pagan.php?page=1 Thrasher, S. (2011, November 29). America’s top heathen. Wayback Machine. https://web.archive.org/web/20130521033231/www.villagevoice.com/2011-11-30/news/america-s-top-heathen-dan-halloran-city-council/ TimesLedger, Q. (2009, September 24). GOP has faith in Halloran – QNS.com. QNS.com. https://qns.com/2009/09/gop-has-faith-in-halloran/ Traffic cop ratted out by councilman over donut run hits back in slander claim. (2010, November 4). New York Post. https://nypost.com/2010/11/04/traffic-cop-ratted-out-by-councilman-over-donut-run-hits-back-in-slander-claim/ The Wild Hunt. (2012, June 10). Guest post: Nick ritter on Dan Halloran’s history within Theodism. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildhunt/2012/06/guest-post-nick-ritter-on-dan-hallorans-history-within-theodism.html
78 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 22 – Garman Lord and Theodish Belief
Buy Ben’s new book Our Troth: Heathen History today! You may not know the name Thomas Germain. His Wiccan name was Merlin Solomon, but most modern Heathens know him as Garman Lord, founder of Theodish Belief. Join us as we chronicle his journey from Christian to Wiccan to founding one of the earliest Heathen Traditions. Along the way, we will talk naked rituals in the attic, the New England Wiccan scene in the 1970’s, and how a woman named Gert McQueen became the bulldog of the Watertown newspaper’s Letters to the Editors. Facebook Website Patreon Sources: Garman Lord. “The Evolution of Theodish Belief, Part 1.” THEOD Magazine, Lammas 1995. Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20160916081946/http://gamall-steinn.org/Gering/Evol-pt1.htm Garman Lord. “The Evolution of Theodish Belief, Part 2.” THEOD Magazine, Hallows 1995. Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20160916081951/http://gamall-steinn.org/Gering/Evol-pt2.htm Garman Lord. “The Evolution of Theodish Belief, Part 3: The Coming of the Theodish Ríce.” THEOD Magazine, vol. 3, no. 1 (Eweomeoluc 1996). Archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20160916081946/http://gamall-steinn.org/Gering/Evol-pt3.htm “Germanic Heathen Say ‘Rival’ Wrongly Using Theodish Name.” Watertown Daily Times, June 25, 1992. “Heathens Meet in Nude Ritual.” Watertown Daily Times, October 6, 1991. McQueen, Gert. A Short History of Anglo-Saxon Theodism. Watertown, N.Y.: THEOD Press, McQueen, Gert. “True Gert.” Idunna no. 12 (September 1991), pp. 28-30. (The first installment of her running battle in the Letters to the Editor section of the Watertown Times.) McQueen, Gert. “True Gert.” Idunna no. 25 (December 1994), pp. 37-39. (The last installment of her running battle in the Letters to the Editor section of the Watertown Times. There were many more.) “Stirrings.” Instauration, vol. 6, no. 10 (September 1, 1981). Available from https://voices.revealdigital.org/ (review of Vikingstaff magazine) Swain Wodening. Théodisc Geléafa: “The Belief of the Tribes:” A Handbook on Germanic Heathenry and Theodish Belief. Little Elm, Tex.: Miercinga Theod, 2007.
54 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 21 – LIVE at Frith Forge: A History of Heathenry in Costa Rica with Esteban Sevilla
Buy Ben’s new book Our Troth: Heathen History today! On August 15, Lauren and Ben were joined by Esteban Sevilla of Asociación Ásatrú Yggdrasil de Costa Rica to discuss how Heathenry has grown in Costa Rica since the founding of his group in 2010. What are the challenges of being Heathen in a country where there is still an official religion that is deeply entrenched into not just society, but also the legal framework? Esteban talks about his journey from a metal head to a leader in this very special episode. Facebook Website Patreon Sources: Clare, V. (2011). Jord’s Folk: Costa Rican Asatru. Idunna: A Journalof Northern Tradition, 87, 30-32. Clare, V. (2012). Jörð’s Folk: Costa Rica Winternights: Part 1 – Winternights Workshop and Sedhr. Idunna: A Journal of Northern Tradition, 94, 30-33. Clare, V. (2020). Jord’s Folk: Costa Rica Revistited. Idunna: A Journal of Northern Tradition, 91, 25-26. Franco, J. (2018, August 20). Pagans Step Out of the Shadows in Sunny Costa Rica. Retrieved August 15, 2020, from OZY: https://www.ozy.com/the-new-and-the-next/pagans-step-out-of-the-shadows-in-sunny-costa-rica/88620/ Heather, G. (2015, January 4). Finding Kindred Spirits in Costa Rica. Retrieved August 15, 2020, from The Wild Hunt: https://wildhunt.org/2015/01/finding-kindred-spirits-in-costa-rica.html
87 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 20 – Christopher Columbus, Leif Erickson and the Curious Case of Runestones in Oklahoma and Minnesota
The audio is wonky, and for that we apologize. Buy Ben’s new book Our Troth: Heathen History today! Christopher Columbus was not a good dude, but his “discovery” of America gave millions of Italian and Catholic Americans a homemaking myth to call their own. However, this wasn’t without controversy. The backlash to Columbus lead to a push for recognition of Leif Erickson as the “true discoverer of America,” and a rash of fake runestones that plagued America. Heathen History is a deep dive into the history of the modern Germanic pagan movement. Each episode, Lauren and Ben take you on a journey through the good, bad, and downright bizarre moments that have shaped the modern Heathen movement. Facebook Website Patreon Sources: Brown, Marie A. (Mrs. John B. Shipley). The Icelandic Discoverers of America, or, Honor to whom Honor is Due. New York: John B. Alden, 1891. Cullum, Dick. “Cullum’s Column: ‘Minnesota’ is Designation of Pro Grid Team.” Minneapolis Morning Tribune, August 6, 1960, p. 21. Goodrich, Aaron. A History of the Character and Achievements of the So-Called Christopher Columbus. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1874. Krueger, David M. Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Tompsen, Lyle. “An Archaeologist Looks at the Oklahoma Runestones ESOP 29, 2011: 5-43 | Lyle Tompsen”. Academia.edu Wyckoff, Don G, “No Stones Unturned:Differing Views of Oklahoma’s Runestones” in Popular Archaeology, 2:16-31, no 12, 1973, reprinted in Ancient Man: A Handbook of Puzzling Artifacts, compiled by William R. Corliss, The Sourcebook Project, 1978, ISBN 0-915554-03-8
70 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 19 – Viking Mania in America Part 1
Buy Ben’s new book Our Troth: Heathen History today! Starting in the 1840’s, Viking Mania swept America. Did Leif Erikson really discover Massachusetts? Was a Phonecian Sailor found in New Engalnd? Why did Henry Longfellow decide Native Americans sang the same cadence as Finnish folk songs? And most importantly, what does this all have to do with baking powder? Heathen History is a deep dive into the history of the modern Germanic pagan movement. Each episode, Lauren and Ben take you on a journey through the good, bad, and downright bizarre moments that have shaped the modern Heathen movement. Facebook Website Patreon Civitello, Linda. Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized America. University of Illinois Press, 2017. Hauer, Stanley R. “Thomas Jefferson and the Anglo-Saxon Language.” PMLA vol. 98, no. 5 (1983), pp. 879-898. Jackson, Charles L. “Eben Norton Horsford.” Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, vol. 28 (1892–3), pp. 340-346. Krueger, David M. Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. New York: The Modern Library, 1960. Lowell, James Russell. The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell. Boston nd New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1896. Rafn, Carl Christian. Supplement to the Antiquitates Americanae. Copenhagen: Royal Society of Northern Antiquities, 1841. Sigríður Sunna Ebenesersdóttir, Ásgeir Sigurðsson, Federico Sánchez‐Quinto, Carles Lalueza‐Fox, Kári Stefánsson, and Agnar Helgason. “A New Subclade of mtDNA Haplogroup C1 Found in Icelanders: Evidence of Pre‐Columbian Contact? American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 144, no. 1 (2010), pp. 92-99. Wallace, Birgitta Linderoth. “The Viking Settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows.” William W. Fitzhugh and Elizabeth Ward, eds. Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000. Pp. 208-224. —. “An Archaeologist’s Interpretation of the Vinland Sagas.” William W. Fitzhugh and Elizabeth Ward, eds. Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000. Pp. 225-231. Wallace, Birgitta Linderoth and William W. Fitzhugh. “Stumbles and Pitfalls in the Search for Viking America.” William W. Fitzhugh and Elizabeth Ward, eds. Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000. Pp. 376-384.
96 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 18 – A History of Racism in America (Live at Trothmoot 2020)
Ben and Lauren are back from their summer vacation! They are live at Trothmoot 2020 to discuss a frank history of racism in America, and how this racism shaped modern Heathenry, and even Heathenry abroad. They are joined by their good friend and moderator for this session Jan from Gifts of the Wyrd. Check out his podcast at https://giftsofthewyrd.podbean.com/ Sources: Cartwright, Samuel A. “The Diseases and Physical Peculiarities of the Negro Race.” Southern Medical Reports, vol. 2 (1851), pp. 421-429. Franklin, Benjamin. “Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind.” https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Franklin/01-04-02-0080 Gould, Stephen J. The Mismeasure of Man. New York: W. W. Norton, 1981. Grant, Madison. The Passing of the Great Race: or The racial Basis of European History. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1916. Lombardo, Paul A. “‘The American Breed’: Nazi Eugenics and the Origin of the Pioneer Fund.” Albany Law Review, vol. 65, no. 3 (2002), pp. 743-830. Micklos, David and Elof Carlson. “Engineering American Society: The Lesson of Eugenics.” Nature Reviews: Genetics, vol. 1 (2000), pp. 153-158. Renschler, Emily S. “The Samuel George Morton Cranial Collection.” Expedition Magazine 50.3 (2008): n. pag. Expedition Magazine. Penn Museum, 2008. Web. 21 Jun 2020. <http://www.penn.museum/sites/expedition/?p=8547> Schaffer, Gavin. “”‘Scientific’ Racism Again?”: Reginald Gates, the “Mankind Quarterly” and the Question of “Race” in Science after the Second World War.” Journal of American Studies, vol. 41, no. 2 (2007), pp. 253- 278. Williams, Edward Huntington. “Negro Cocaine ‘Fiends’ New Southern Menace.” New York Times, February 8, 2014.
80 minutes | a year ago
Episode 17 – I’ve got a little Guido Von List
Guido Von List may seem like an obscure Austrian occultist, but his legacy lives on in many aspects of Modern Heathenry, especially for those who practice any kind of Rune lore. Many apologies, but Ben yodels. Sources: Asbjørn Jøn, A. (1999). “‘Skeggøld, Skálmöld; Vindöld, Vergöld’: Alexander Rud Mills and the Ásatrú Faith in the New Age”. Australian Religion Studies Review. 12 (1): 77–83. Gardell, Matthias (2003). Gods of the Blood: The Pagan Revival and White Separatism. Durham and London: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0822330714. Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas (2003). Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism, and the Politics of Identity. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 978-0814731550. Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas (2004) . The Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology. New York: Tauris Parke. ISBN 978-1860649738. Hammer, Olav (2015). “The Theosophical Current in the Twentieth Century”. The Occult World. Christopher Partridge (ed.). Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 348–360. ISBN 978-0415695961. Rudgley, Richard (2006). Pagan Resurrection: A Force for Evil or the Future of Western Spirituality?. London: Century. ISBN 978-0-712-68096-7. Schnurbein, Stefanie von (2016). Norse Revival: Transformations of Germanic Neopaganism. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 978-1608467372. Thorsson, Edred (1984). Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic. San Francisco: Red Wheel/Weiser. ISBN 978-0-87728-548-9.
93 minutes | a year ago
Episode 16 – Drunk History – German Naturalism and the early 20th Century
NUDE GERMANS! Lauren is on pain pills, and Ben drinks an entire bottle of wine during this live show where we talk about Germany at the turn of the century. Douglass, Paul F. God Among the Germans. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1935. Fahrenkrog, Ludwig. Das Deutsche Buch. 3rd ed. Leipzig: Wilhelm Hartung, 1923. Gossman, Lionel. Brownshirt Princess: A Study of the “Nazi Conscience.” Cambridge: OpenBook Publishers, 2009. Hauer, Wilhelm, Karl Helm, and Karl Adam (T. S. K. Scott-Craig and R. E. Davies, transl.) Germany’s New Religion: The German Faith Movement. New York: The Abingdon Press, 1937. Hermand, Jost (Paul Levesque, transl.). Old Dreams of a New Reich: Volkisch Utopias and National Socialism. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1992. Heschel, Susannah. The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2008. Introvigne, Massimo. “Fidus (1868–1940): A German Artist from Theosophy to Nazism.” Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism, vol. 17 (2017), pp. 215-242. Jeffries, Matthew. “Lebensreform: A Middle-Class Antidote to Wilhelminism?” Geoff Eley and James Retallack (eds.) Wilhelminism and its Legacies: German Modernities, Imperialism, and the Meaning of Reform, 1890-1930. New York: Berghahn, 2003. Pp. 91-106. Jinarājadāsa, C. First Principles of Theosophy. Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1921. Kennedy, Gordon. Children of the Sun: A Pictorial Anthology from Germany to California, 1883-1949. Ojai, Calif.: Nivaria Press, 1998. Mees, Bernard. The Science of the Swastika. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2008. Mosse, George L. The Crisis of German Ideology: Intellectual Origins of the Third Reich. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1964. Puschner, Uwe. “’One People, One Reich, One God’: The Völkische Weltanschauung and Movement.” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, London, vol. 24, no. 1 (2002), pp. 5-28. —. “The Notions Völkisch and Nordic: A Conceptual Approximation.” Horst Junginger and Andreas Åkerlund, eds. Nordic Ideology Between Religion and Scholarship. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2013. Pp. 21-38. Staudenmaier, Peter. “Esoteric Alternatives in Imperial Germany: Science, Spirit, and the Modern Occult Revival.” Monica Black and Eric Kurlander, eds. Revisting the “Nazi Occult”: Histories, Realities, Legacies. Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2015. Pp. 23-41. Treitel, Corinna. A Science for the Soul: Occultism and the Genesis of the German Modern. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. Wolff, Markus. “Ludwig Fahrenkrog and the Germanic Faith Community: Wodan Triumphant.” TYR, vol. 2 (2003-2004), pp. 221-242.
67 minutes | a year ago
Episode 15 – German Romantics
The unification of Germany along with the industrial revolution lead to an explosion of interest in German folk tales and mythology. In this episode, we will explore what happened and how it influences modern Heathenry. Spoiler Alert: Horned Helmets. Arvidsson, Stefan. Aryan Idols: Indo-European Mythology as Ideology and Science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. Barnard, F. M. J. G. Herder on Social and Political Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969. Fichte, Johann Gottlieb (R. F. Jones and G. H. Turnbull, transl.). Addresses to the German Nation. Chicago: Open Court, 1922. Grimm, Jakob (James Steven Stallybrass, transl.) Teutonic Mythology. 4th ed. 4 vols. London: George Bell and Sons, 1883-1888. Herder, Johann Gottfried (Michael N. Forster, transl.) Philosophical Writings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Kleingeld, Pauline. “Kant’s Second Thoughts on Race.” The Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 57, no. 229 (2007), pp. 573-592. Klopstock, Friedrich Gottlieb. Sämmtliche Werke. Leipzig: Georg Joachim Göschen, 1839. Krebs, Christopher B. A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich. New York: W. W. Norton, 2011. Shippey, Tom. “A Revolution Reconsidered: Mythography and Mythology in the Nineteenth Century.” The Shadow-Walkers: Jacob Grimm’s Mythology of the Monstrous. Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005. Pp. 1-28. Williamson, George S. The Longing for Myth in Germany: Religion and Aesthetic Culture from Romanticism to the Nazis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.
60 minutes | a year ago
Episode 14 – British Romantics and the Viking Revival
The British romantic era Viking revival has had a huge influence on not just the Victorian era, but also how VIkings are perceived in modern media. Many of the beliefs of the earliest Heathen organizations can be directly traced to this – but how correct were they? Deep dive into what drove Norsemania in the 19th Century with us on this episode. Ballentyne, Robert M. Erling the Bold: A Tale of the Norse Sea-Kings. London: James Nisbet & Co., 1869. Carlyle, Thomas. On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History. London: James Fraser, 1841. Cleasby, Richard, and Gudbrand Vigfusson, An Icelandic-English Dictionary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1874 Dasent, George Webbe. Popular Tales from the Norse. New Edition. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1912. Hutton, Ronald. The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft. Oxford; Oxford University Press, 1999. Morris, William. The Collected Works of William Morris. Volume XII: The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs. New York: Russell and Russell, 1966. Scott, Walter. The Pirate. 3 vols. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable & Co., 1822 Stephens, George. The Old-Northern Runic Monuments of Scandinavia and England. 2 vols. London: John Russell Smith, 1866-7. Wawn, Andrew. The Vikings and the Victorians: Inventing the Old North in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2000.
53 minutes | a year ago
Episode 12 – Proto-Indo-European People and Language Part 1
Who wants some PIE? Welcome to part one of our two part series Proto-Indo-European language and people. Who were they? Where did they originate? And why is Ben talking about sheep and horses? Sources: Anthony, David W. The Horse, The Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2007. Anthony, David W. and Don Ringe. “The Indo-European Homeland from Linguistic and Archaeological Perspectives.” Annual Review of Linguistics, vol. 1 (2015), pp. 199-219. Arvidsson, Stefan. Aryan Idols: Indo-European Mythology as Ideology and Science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. Bailey, Douglass W. “The Figurines of Old Europe.” David Anthony and Jennifer Y. Chi, eds. The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 BC. New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World / Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2009. Pp. 112-127. Baumer, Christoph. The History of Central Asia: The Age of the Steppe Warriors. London: I. B. Tauris, 2012. Damgaard, Peter de Barros, and 50 others. “The First Horse Herders and the Impact of Early Bronze Age Steppe Expansions into Asia.” Science, vol. 360 (2018), eaar7711. Della Volpe, Angela. “From the Hearth to the Creation of Boundaries.” Journal of Indo-European Studies, vol. 18, no. 1-2 (1990), pp. 157-184. Dexter, Miriam Robbins. “Reflections on the Goddess *Donu.” Mankind Quarterly, vol. 31, nos. 1-2 (1990), pp. 45-57. Dowden, Ken. European Paganism: The Realities of Cult from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. London and New York: Routledge, 2000. Eisler, Riane. The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1987. Eller, Cynthia. The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Won’t Give Women a Future. Boston: Beacon Press, 2000. Gimbutas, Marija. The Gods and Goddesses of Old Europe, 7000 to 3500 BC: Myths, Legends, and Cult Images. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1974. Gimbutas, Marija. The Language of the Goddess: Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization. San Francisco: Harper & Row. Gobineau, Arthur de (Adrian Collins, transl.). The Inequality of Human Races. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1915. Haak, Wolfgang, and 38 others. “Massive Migration from the Steppe was a Source for Indo-European Languages in Europe.” Nature, vol. 522 (11 June 2015), pp. 207-211. Jackson, Peter. “Light from Distant Asterisks: Towards a Description of the Indo-European Religious Heritage.” Numen, vol. 49 (2002), pp. 61-102. Kaliff, Anders. Fire, Water, Heaven and Earth: Ritual Practice and Cosmology in Ancient Scandinavia: An Indo-European Perspective. Stockholm: Riksantikvarieämbetet, 2007. Kershaw, Kris. The One-Eyed God: Odin and the (Indo-) Germanic Männerbünde. Journal of Indo-European Studies, Monograph 36. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man, 2000. Lazaridis, Iosif, and 119 others. “Ancient Human Genomes Suggest Three Ancestral Populations for Present-Day Europeans.” Nature, vol. 513 (18 September 2014), pp. 409-413. Lincoln, Bruce. “The Indo-European Cattle-Raiding Myth.” History of Religions, vol. 16, no. 1 (1976), pp. 42-65. —. Death, War and Sacrifice: Studies in Ideology and Practice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. —. Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. Mallory, J. P. In Search of the Indo-Europeans. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1989. Mallory, J. P. and D. Q. Adams. Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture. London: Fotzroy Dearborn, 1997. Mallory, J. P. and D. Q. Adams. The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Mathieson, Iain, and 116 others. “The Genomic History of Southeastern Europe.” Nature, vol. 555 (2018), pp. 197-203. Muller, Max. 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Rascovan, Nicolás, Karl-Göran Sjögren, Kristian Kristiansen, Rasmus Nielsen, Eske Willerslev, Christelle Desnues, and Simon Rasmussen. “Emergence and Spread of Basal Lineages of Yersinia pestis During the Neolithic Decline.” Cell, vol. 176, no. 1-2 (2019), pp. 295-305. Schrijver, Peter. Language Contact and the Origins of the Germanic Languages. New York: Routledge, 2014. Séfériadès, Michel Louis. “Spondylus and Long-Distance Trade in Prehistoric Europe.” David Anthony and Jennifer Y. Chi, eds. The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000-3500 BC. New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World / Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2009. Pp. 178-189. Serith, Ceisiwr. Deep Ancestors: Practicing the Religion of the Proto-Indo-Europeans. Tucson: ADF Publishing, 2009. Shishlina, Natalia. Reconstruction of the Bronze Age of the Caspian Steppes: Life Styles and Life Ways of Pastoral Nomads. BAR International Series, no. 1876. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2008. Telegin, D. Ya and J. P. Mallory. The Anthropomorphic Stelae of the Ukraine: The Early Iconography of the Indo-Europeans. Journal of Indo-European Studies, Monograph 11. Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man, 1994. Tringham, Ruth, and Margaret Conkey. “Rethinking Figurines: A Critical View from Archaeology of Gimbutas, the ‘Goddess’ and Popular Culture.” Lucy Goodison and Christine Morris, eds. Ancient Goddesses: The Myths and the Evidence. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998. Pp. 22-45. Watkins, Calvert, ed. The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots. 2nd ed. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. Watkins, Calvert. How to Kill a Dragon. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2002. Wilde, Sandra, and 10 others. “Direct Evidence for Positive Selection of Skin, Hair, and Eye Pigmentation in Europeans During the Last 5,000 y.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, vol. 111, no. 13 (1 April 2014), pp. 4832-4837. 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Episode 11 – The German Reformation
What does the German Reformation have to do with Heathenry? Lauren will ask Ben this very question in this episode, but just know it all leads to Tacitus’ Germania. Plus, Ben’s bad handwriting leads to some wacky hi jinks on this episode of the Heathen History Podcast! Sources Kelley, Donald R. “Tacitus noster: The Germania in the Renaissance and Reformation.” T. J. Luce and A. J. Woodman, eds. Tacitus and the Tacitean Tradition. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1993. Pp. 151-167. Krebs, Christopher B. A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich. New York: W. W. Norton, 2011.
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Episode 10 – The Odenic Rite
The Odenic Rite is one of the oldest Norse Pagan organizations in Britain. In this installment, we will be talking about the origins of the organization and their founder, John Yeowell. Harvey, Graham. “Heathenism: a North European Pagan tradition.” Graham Harvey and Charlotte Hardman, eds. Paganism Today. London: Thorsons, 1995. Pp. 49–64. Heimgest DCG. “Time to Honour an Unsung Hero.” ORBriefing, no. 211 (Spring 2009), pp. 3-4. Also available at http://www.odinic-rite.org/main/time-to-honour-an-unsung-hero-hoskuld-cg/ Accessed February 11, 2019. IRMIN (Institute of Research on Northern Mythology and Identity). Interview with a Gothi: Heimgest Speaks. [Napa, Calif.:] Odinic Rite / Himminbjorg Publishing, 1996. McNallen, Stephen. “Norse Notes,” The Runestone, vol. 4, no. 1 (1975), pp. 2-3. _. “Althing–1980,” The Runestone no. 33 (1980), p. 4. Odinist Fellowship. “Newark Odinist Temple.” http://odinisttemple.uk/ Accessed February 26, 2019. Osred. Odinism: Present, Past, and Future. Melbourne: Renewal Publications, 2010. —. “A Multi-Faceted Life.” In: Stubba [John Yeowell] This is Odinism, And Other Essays. Melbourne: Renewal Publications, 2016. Pp. 103-111. Parker, John. Inside the Foreign Legion: The Sensational Story of the World’s Toughest Army. London: Piatkus, 1998. Rudgley, Richard. The Return of Odin: The Modern Renaissance of Pagan Imagination. Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions, 2006. Sannhet, Thor. “An Interview with Else Christensen.” Vor Trú, no. 49 (1993), pp. 5-30. Schnurbein, Stefanie von. Norse Revival: Transformations of Germanic Neopaganism. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2017.
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Episode 9: A Brief History of Wicca Part 2
This week we are finishing our series on Wicca! Why Wicca? Because no matter how you slice it, Wicca is the single most influential modern Pagan religion. Many early Heathen practices were very influenced by Wicca. Join us as we talk about Gerald Gardener, Alex Sanders, and the influence on Wicca in early Heathenry Mathiesen, Robert (1998). “Charles G. Leland and the Witches of Italy: The Origin of Aradia”. In Mario Pazzaglini (ed.). Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches, A New Translation. Blaine, Washington: Phoenix Publishing, Inc. p. 25. Russell, Jeffrey (1982). A History of Witchcraft: Sorcerers, Heretics and Pagans. Thames and Hudson Hutton, Ronald (2000). Triumph of the Moon. Oxford University Press Sheppard, Kathleen L. (2013). The Life of Margaret Alice Murray: A Woman’s Work in Archaeology. New York: Lexington Books. Simpson, Jacqueline (1994). “Margaret Murray: Who Believed Her and Why?”. Folklore. 105. Valiente, Doreen (1989). The Rebirth of Witchcraft. London: Robert Hale. Noble, Catherine (2005). “From Fact to Fallacy: The Evolution of Margaret Alice Murray’s Witch-Cult Theory”. The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies. 7 Wood, Juliette (2001). “Margaret Murray and the Rise of Wicca”. The Pomegranate: A New Journal of Neopagan Thought (15) Purkiss, Diane (1996). The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations. Abingdon: Routledge. Murray, Margaret A. (1962) . The Witch-Cult in Western Europe. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ——— (1952) . The God of the Witches. London: Faber and Faber.
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