There is a growing number of European Caucasians who have become dissatisfied with the existing religions such as Christianity and Islam. They feel these religions do not fight for their racial rights and do not care about their ancestors or their indigenous rights to Europe and the Middle East.
Christianity and Islam adopted the old Pagan beliefs to help legitimise their religion and gain power over the local populations. When we strip away the trappings of Christianity and Islam, we can still uncover the old beliefs of our ancestors to give us guidance today. Please have a read and check out the links which will help you to uncover just how similar our modern religions are to the old Pagan ways.
Paganism was the dominant spiritual belief in Europe and the Middle East going back thousands of years, perhaps going back as far as the Ice Age.
The word pagan has been turned into a hate word just like racism, bigotry and extremism used against people of the world today. People in Europe before Christianity did not call themselves Pagans, they used other names to call their spiritual groups by.
Modern Odinism is based on beliefs and customs that Christianity historically destroyed or adopted. In today's world most Christians believe their customs and practices are unique and special to their religion however, you will see from the Odinist and Pagan examples below, that this is not completely true:
- The Norse gods and goddesses are multi-layered and have many purposes similar to the Hindu religion.
- The stories we tell our children of fairies, elves, throwing money into a wishing well all come from these pre Christian beliefs.
- Married couples today wear a wedding ring, this custom was practiced long before Christianity.
- Pre-Christian pagans were in tune with nature and had a good understanding of lunar movements and a close association with oak trees and mistletoe.
Odinists believe in the following:
- The belief that all of nature is spirit
- Strong moral code
- Belief in gods and goddesses
Odinists take notice of the voice of the great nature spirit which is heard in the twittering of birds, thunderstorms, winds, the rippling of the waters and the smell of flowers.
Odinists today follow the nine noble virtues and charges — courage, perseverance, hospitality, fidelity, industriousness, self-reliance, discipline, truth and honor. While Odinists do not follow Christianity, many still love the idea of a Jesus concept and believe he would have made an excellent Odinist!
Sexuality and sensuous practices are not banned, and are in fact considered gifts that should be cherished and celebrated. Odinism believes that people are not perfect, but they must always strive to do their best to uphold honor and respect.
The Pre-Christian pagans did focus on afterlifeand their belief is that you attain immortality through deeds, doing what is best for the community, being there for their family and relations, and taking care of the elderly who always stayed with the family. Our ancestors would be shocked to learn that our elderly today are placed in care homes, as in the past and in many cultures the elderly are welcomed into the family home and assist with the house hold management and child rearing while the parents are working, hunting, farming etc.
Related Links & Videos
Europe's origins lay in a cooperative, peaceful, innovative, neolithic Goddess-worshipping culture
Archaeologist Dr. Marija Gimbutas' work on the Neolithic cultures of Old Europe (6500-3500BCE), reveals evidence of peaceful, cooperative, innovative, woman-honouring, goddess-worshipping and egalitarian civilizations that existed for thousands of years without war.
Pagan Items Adopted By Christianity
Temples, robes, crosses and chants form an important part of Christian worship yet their origins are far from Christian.
Odinism - An Eternal Faith
This short film explores Odinism in the modern world as practiced by members of the OR.
Odinism - Our Natural Religion
'Odinism - Our Natural Religion' is presented by Redwald, who discusses Odinism, its relationship with nature and how the natural religion of North West Europeans differs from the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.