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Afterlife Concepts of the Norse Heathen

Afterlife Concepts of the Norse Heathen

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InvestigatingtheAfterlifeConcepts  oftheNorseHeathen   
AReconstuctionist'sApproach   
BilLinzi12thOctober2005 
Content
1TheCurrentStateoftheGermanicAfterlife
1.1DyingintotheHallsofOne'sPatron................1.2ReincarnationandtheModernheathen..............
2HistoricalViews1
2.1DicultiesResearchingthePast..................12.2TheHeathenviewof'Soul'.....................12.3TheHeathenConceptof'Patron-Gods'..............22.4TheHeathenConceptDeathintotheGravemound........22.5OtherHeathenAfterlifeConcepts..................32.6TheHeathenViewofReincarnation................32.7SummaryoftheGermanicAfterlife.................4
3TheGravemoundandtheModernHeathen4
3.1TheWorldviewProblem.......................43.2Christianity'sEarlyRole, Christianity'sGift..........................43.3Whereth
Moder
KicksIn.....................5
4ExperimentalReconstruction5
4.1Matrices................................54.2AReconstructionist'sPersonalExperimentsQuestionEverything..........................6
ListofFigures 
1CulturalrelationshipsduringAnglo-Saxontimes.........42Thecrossculturalexchangeofideasinreconstructingworldviews.65 
 
ListofTable
1Theauthor'
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category....................5
 
Abstract 
Thispaperreviewsthemodernheathenmovement'scommonlyacceptedbeliefsregardingtheheathenconceptofAfterlifeandcomparethemtowhatisknownabouttheancientGermanicsenseofAfterlifeThediscussionisacontinuationofthisauthor'sproposalthatthestan- dardsofresearchamongmodernheathensbeatleastconsistantwitstandardscurrentlyacceptabletoresearchersinothereldsofstudy.Awithpreviouspapersbythisauthor,thisdocumenthasbeensubjectedtpeerreview,andhasbeenadjustedtoreecttheircommentsTheintentisnottounderminetheprogressatreconstructionismreportedbyvariousgroupsofmodernheathensbuttoenhanceitsincewhaveattemptedtonotonlydrawdirectlyfromheathensourcesviathe mostcurrentresearch,buthavealsosuggestedmethodsandtechniques withwhichoneshouldbeabletoshiftone'sframeofreferencefromthatof thecommonlyacceptedmoderneratothatwhichwouldhavebeencompletelyacceptabletomostofthevariousGermanicpeopleslivingduring theVikingEra. 
Anysurveyconductedintheyear2005regardingbeliefinlifeafterdeathisnot onlycertaintorevealalargepercentageofthepopulationmaintainingsuchbelief,butwillalsorevealalargevariationinthenumbersandtypesofdestina- tionsforthesoulafterdeath.Commonbeliefsinwesternindustrializednations includethefollowingexamplestakenfromtheauthor'spersonalexperienceidiscussionsovertheyears:beliefintheChristianversionofHeavenwhichin- cludesapersonalaudiencewitheitherJesus,Jehovah,orboth;beliefinvarious formsofofpunishmentafterdeathfromDante'svisionofHell,toaPurgatoruntilatonementfortransgressionsarepaidfor,tosimplybeingdeniedrestand comfort;anancestralhomewhereonepassesintoashadowyexistencetobe withfriendsandrelatives,aworldmuchlikethisonebutlledonlywithsoulsaslumberwhichexistsoutofspaceandtimetoawaitanotherincarnation,cyclecontinuinguntiluntilallthe'lessonsoflifehavebeenlearned';absorbtion intotheUniversalRiverofLifewhichisconsideredtobeGod.Thevariations areendlessdependingonone'sreligiousorspiritualleaningswhichmayalsvaryoverthecourseoftimesothatonemaychangebeliefsystemsperhaps severaltimeswithinaspanofafewdecades.Americansseemparticularyprone tochangingreligions,butthetrendisalsobecomingverycommoninEurope. So-called'alternativereligions'arefairlycommonintheUS.SomearevariationsonthedominantChristiantheme,butmanyothersareimitationsof alargenumberofpagan,indigenousreligionsaroundtheworld,particularlthosereligionsoftheNorthandSouthAmericanIndiantribes,African,and southeastAsia.Mostoftheseimitationsareinrealitycombinationsofpieceofseveralpaganreligionscreativelyhealdtogetherwith'newageglue'whichiessentiallyphilosophywhichallowsfortheblendingoftwocompletelydierent beliefsystemsintoasingle.Theendresultsofsomeofthesemixturesisat timesharmoniousandstrangelybeautifullikeanheirloomcrazyquiltfromthe AmericanSouth,andatothertimesisirritatinglikeaNewYorktracjamonhotAugustday,buttheyarealmostalwaysinterestinginofthefactthatrarel

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