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Odinism: The Religion of Our Germanic Ancestors In the Modern World: Essays on the Heathen Revival and the Return of the Age of the Gods Paperback – April 7, 2011
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Which means, this is a great book for those interested in the subject. The author assumes that the seeker is able to think for him or herself, and respects them enough to share his own and others perspectives, even when they are contradictory. Each reader is responsible for assessing what is in this book, and deciding which aspects of the book apply to them, or dont. Or even those that inspire thought.
In other words, if you are looking for the One Book on Odinism with all the answers, this is not it. If you are looking for a sincere, often offensive, sometimes thought provoking view of the subject that makes no claims of objective truth and no apologies for his views, yet transmits the spirit of the pursuit - that one must think for themselves - then you might enjoy this book as much as I have.
A very thought provoking book!
Mr. Kaldenberg also approaches a subject which is highly controversial in the Odinist Community:Shamanism as it pertains to Germanic practices. He does not delve deeply into the subject but does hint at it possibly being explored more in another book.
The Author also gives a good perspective on how Odinists should deal with monotheists. That is something never approached before and of great importance. Instead of containing his thoughts only, he has many contributions from fellow Odinists/Heathens as well. Making it for a well rounded sociological study rather than just opinion.
I liked the chapter on Odinism and Separate realities. It uses a bit of quantum and shamanic theory to help the reader conceive why some people are restricted in their spiritual abilities.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the chapter on Giordano Bruno. It illustrates how some people can be living as Odinists and never claim it as a religion. There is also a very detailed ritual explained which really shows you how much of a serious practitioner Mr. Kaldenberg really is.
It has loads of good prayers to reference. It even explains how women have been paramount in preserving heritage over the centuries. There is a grand section of oaths and tenets every Odinist should live by.
Wyatt Kaldenberg takes readers into discussion as if you are at a table with him. He isn't only informing and discussing. He is helping us find our way as Heathens and Odinists in this world. Extremely good read.