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Leavings of the Cannibal Cult

Heathens of this century do not stand on an unbroken tradition of Heathen thought; we seek to reclaim our ancestral birthright, long since taken away by Christianity which gained entry to the houses of our fathers as a new word, only unmask itself once in power and seek to blot out all other words than its own.  It came with concepts foreign to our ancestors, there were ideas like salvation; as if we could be born guilty of a crime before we had the power to choose or the knowledge to judge.  This is not Tyr’s good justice, nor the law of Forsetti.  There was the ritual of cannibalism, where you must drink the blood, and consume the very body of their dead leader to “be saved”.  Even in the darkest times, even in the heart of the bitterest war for survival, Victory Father asked for the bodies and weapons of our enemies to feed his ravens (bodies) and to prove we asked victory out of need for the folk, not greed (weapons).  Odin himself, long feared for necromancy, never befouled, nor asked another to befoul themselves with cannibalism.   While strange, unfathomable, and confusing as these practices are, they are not the leavings of the Cannibal Cult, that can be found in a joke I heard at Trothmoot that has echoed in my heart ever since, for I heard words there that echoed with the harsh sound of the carrion crow.  “You’re not the boss of me, and you’re doing it wrong”

Orthodoxy, and its bastard child, orthopraxy, are the leavings of the Cannibal Cult.  It was Christianity that brought to our ancestors something that no people of our long travelled ancestral past had ever known; the dogma of “One True Faith”.  Slav, Balt, Celt, Pict, Hellene, or Latin, the tribes we had known, although as frequently foes in war as partners in commerce, were always content to keep their own gods, and leave us to keep our own.  Those who would today be described as pagans, but to their own understandings were civilized men, the founders of western thought, law, science, and philosophy, understood they had a connection to their ancestors, and the gods that guided them.  It was accepted that an honorable man or woman had duties to the gods of his ancestors, the spirits of his hearth and lands.  A prudent traveler learned the ways of the spirits in those lands he traded and travelled, for away from home it is good to be welcomed as a frithful guest, not harassed as an alien invader.  Life was difficult enough without incurring the wrath of the local wights, lares, or faery; however the ancient tribes named the spirits of the places they encountered.  We learned the ways the locals honoured those spirits we met, and brought them separately into our practice.  Thus it was that Christ wormed his way into a door that was always open, prior to his followers arrival.

The door closed with his coming.  Whom I call the Cannibal Cult, name themselves People of the Book.  Bible in this case does mean “THE Book”.  Orthodoxy, the idea of their being only one right way to believe changes everything.  No longer is it alright for me to believe as the teachings of my tribe, my community, my ancestors, my reason and my conscience dictates, now I must believe as you interpret your book as demanding, or I am “doing it wrong”  From the central authority that flows from the idea of One True Faith, requiring an authority to determine which is indeed the true faith, and the will to stamp out all dissent, by force if necessary. Mortification of the flesh for beautification of the spirit is a teaching of St Paul and the Christian Church [1, 2].  This has been used to justify torture and murder, as well as coercion, indoctrination by force, and even conversion by the sword, for it is better to hurt or kill yourself or others than allow them to persist in misbelieve.  Those who interpret scripture as a personal thing apply this to themselves, those who use it as a source for authority in this world tend to use it as an excuse to wipe out all dissent, naming us pagan and heathen, and naming any of their own who disagree with them as heretic  (ugly word for those thought to be “doing it wrong”).

That is the leaving of the Cannibal cult.  Orthodoxy.  Heresy.  “You’re doing it wrong” is a joke on the lips of a wise Heathen who understands our ancestral view that each tribe or people in each generation knew an understanding of a relationship with the wights and ancestors that shared a common root, but grew in ways specific to the thew, the experience, the needs of each tribe, village, and family.

“You’re doing it wrong” became a battle cry in heathenry.  It was not enough to agree to disagree.  It was not enough to simply not agree with what one group of heathens was celebrating in their community, it was somehow required that what they had built be torn down, what they spoke be mocked, that they who came together in frith be attacked for daring to celebrate our gods and ancestors any way accept the “One True Faith” that they alone somehow possessed.  It was not enough to let each group practice, as did each tribe, in their own way.  If another group failed to agree with one persons interpretation, the cry went up, they were not real heathens, and did not stop there, for now the crime of “doing it wrong” required personal attacks.  It was not enough you would not enter the hall of one you disagreed with, now it must be burned down!

Heretic! The cry of the followers of the One True Faith to war not with an outsider, but with one of their own who dares to do it differently, now sounds in the halls of Heathenry.  We now turn upon and devour our own.  The teachings of the Cannibal cult are alive and well in Heathenry.

This disease has spilled more blood than any tribal conflict, and has passed beyond Christianity to infect western culture until it now it now pervades our political life as well, with another person holding different views on our democratic society to be not their right and freedom as a citizen, but a threat to “Our Way Of Life” as the shadow of the “One True Faith” has extended into all aspects of our life, beyond religion and politics to cover sexual orientation, trade union membership, gender roles and rights, and even health care funding.  No longer accept that anyone has the right to disagree with us, for dissent has become a threat to us.  It is not enough to be right; if everyone does not agree with me, I am somehow threatened by their disbelief.  This is the saddest, most divisive legacy of the Cannibal Cult.

Freedom, if real, includes freedom to disagree.  Our ancestors were a confederation of free peoples, who could stand shoulder to shoulder beside those who believed as they did, or differently than them, with equal acceptance, and move forward together in common cause.  Are we their equal?  Or are we naught but slaves to the Cannibal cult, who will tear down what another heathen has built because we are threatened by the fact they DARE to understand differently that we do?

1-http://www.mariancatechist.com/spiritual_reading/seeking_sanctification.html

Heathens of this century do not stand on an unbroken tradition of Heathen thought; we seek to reclaim our ancestral birthright, long since taken away by Christianity which gained entry to the houses of our fathers as a new word, only unmask itself once in power and seek to blot out all other words than its own. It came with concepts foreign to our ancestors, there were ideas like salvation; as if we could be born guilty of a crime before we had the power to choose or the knowledge to judge. This is not Tyr’s good justice, nor the law of Forsetti. There was the ritual of cannibalism, where you must drink the blood, and consume the very body of their dead leader to “be saved”. Even in the darkest times, even in the heart of the bitterest war for survival, Victory Father asked for the bodies and weapons of our enemies to feed his ravens (bodies) and to prove we asked victory out of need for the folk, not greed (weapons). Odin himself, long feared for necromancy, never befouled, nor asked another to befoul themselves with cannibalism. While strange, unfathomable, and confusing as these practices are, they are not the leavings of the Cannibal Cult, that can be found in a joke I heard at Trothmoot that has echoed in my heart ever since, for I heard words there that echoed with the harsh sound of the carrion crow. “You’re not the boss of me, and you’re doing it wrong”

Orthodoxy, and its bastard child, orthopraxy, are the leavings of the Cannibal Cult. It was Christianity that brought to our ancestors something that no people of our long travelled ancestral past had ever known; the dogma of “One True Faith”. Slav, Balt, Celt, Pict, Hellene, or Latin, the tribes we had known, although as frequently foes in war as partners in commerce, were always content to keep their own gods, and leave us to keep our own. Those who would today be described as pagans, but to their own understandings were civilized men, the founders of western thought, law, science, and philosophy, understood they had a connection to their ancestors, and the gods that guided them. It was accepted that an honorable man or woman had duties to the gods of his ancestors, the spirits of his hearth and lands. A prudent traveler learned the ways of the spirits in those lands he traded and travelled, for away from home it is good to be welcomed as a frithful guest, not harassed as an alien invader. Life was difficult enough without incurring the wrath of the local wights, lares, or faery; however the ancient tribes named the spirits of the places they encountered. We learned the ways the locals honoured those spirits we met, and brought them separately into our practice. Thus it was that Christ wormed his way into a door that was always open, prior to his followers arrival.

The door closed with his coming. Whom I call the Cannibal Cult, name themselves People of the Book. Bible in this case does mean “THE Book”. Orthodoxy, the idea of their being only one right way to believe changes everything. No longer is it alright for me to believe as the teachings of my tribe, my community, my ancestors, my reason and my conscience dictates, now I must believe as you interpret your book as demanding, or I am “doing it wrong” From the central authority that flows from the idea of One True Faith, requiring an authority to determine which is indeed the true faith, and the will to stamp out all dissent, by force if necessary. Mortification of the flesh for beautification of the spirit is a teaching of St Paul and the Christian Church [1, 2]. This has been used to justify torture and murder, as well as coercion, indoctrination by force, and even conversion by the sword, for it is better to hurt or kill yourself or others than allow them to persist in misbelieve. Those who interpret scripture as a personal thing apply this to themselves, those who use it as a source for authority in this world tend to use it as an excuse to wipe out all dissent, naming us pagan and heathen, and naming any of their own who disagree with them as heretic (ugly word for those thought to be “doing it wrong”).

That is the leaving of the Cannibal cult. Orthodoxy. Heresy. “You’re doing it wrong” is a joke on the lips of a wise Heathen who understands our ancestral view that each tribe or people in each generation knew an understanding of a relationship with the wights and ancestors that shared a common root, but grew in ways specific to the thew, the experience, the needs of each tribe, village, and family.

“You’re doing it wrong” became a battle cry in heathenry. It was not enough to agree to disagree. It was not enough to simply not agree with what one group of heathens was celebrating in their community, it was somehow required that what they had built be torn down, what they spoke be mocked, that they who came together in frith be attacked for daring to celebrate our gods and ancestors any way accept the “One True Faith” that they alone somehow possessed. It was not enough to let each group practice, as did each tribe, in their own way. If another group failed to agree with one persons interpretation, the cry went up, they were not real heathens, and did not stop there, for now the crime of “doing it wrong” required personal attacks. It was not enough you would not enter the hall of one you disagreed with, now it must be burned down!

Heretic! The cry of the followers of the One True Faith to war not with an outsider, but with one of their own who dares to do it differently, now sounds in the halls of Heathenry. We now turn upon and devour our own. The teachings of the Cannibal cult are alive and well in Heathenry.

This disease has spilled more blood than any tribal conflict, and has passed beyond Christianity to infect western culture until it now it now pervades our political life as well, with another person holding different views on our democratic society to be not their right and freedom as a citizen, but a threat to “Our Way Of Life” as the shadow of the “One True Faith” has extended into all aspects of our life, beyond religion and politics to cover sexual orientation, trade union membership, gender roles and rights, and even health care funding. No longer accept that anyone has the right to disagree with us, for dissent has become a threat to us. It is not enough to be right; if everyone does not agree with me, I am somehow threatened by their disbelief. This is the saddest, most divisive legacy of the Cannibal Cult.

Freedom, if real, includes freedom to disagree. Our ancestors were a confederation of free peoples, who could stand shoulder to shoulder beside those who believed as they did, or differently than them, with equal acceptance, and move forward together in common cause. Are we their equal? Or are we naught but slaves to the Cannibal cult, who will tear down what another heathen has built because we are threatened by the fact they DARE to understand differently that we do?thor hammer burning

1-http://www.mariancatechist.com/spiritual_reading/seeking_sanctification.html
Seeking Sanctification Through the Practice of Mortification

2-https://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Mortification_of_the_flesh.html
Mortification of the flesh

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