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« Topic Start: August 24, 2010, 03:38:39 am »

If you do have a drinking horn what does it look like and how do you use it in your life/Heathenry? If you don't, would you like to have one? Or is it just something you're not interested in?

I personally don't feel a strong need for a drinking horn... but even those who don't feel a strong need to relive Viking days may feel differently! So I was just curious.

Here's a Mead Horn project blog post:http://gallowsburden.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/project-mead-horn-and-a-new-asatru-podcast/
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« Reply #1: August 24, 2010, 04:22:21 am »

If you do have a drinking horn what does it look like and how do you use it in your life/Heathenry? If you don't, would you like to have one? Or is it just something you're not interested in?

I do have a drinking horn and I use it both for offerings; and when having a beer when watching the TV.

It feels right to make offerings and toasts with a horn. I also feel the everyday use as a drinking vessel gives me an added connection to my ancestors as I’m using a horn in the way they did. I’d like to think they know I’m thinking of them when I use it.

My horn is very simple and plain. It holds around ľ of a pint and gets stored on a shelf next to my alter. It is used for both the sacred and the “everyday” though because doing so makes the everyday seems more sacred.

And besides, drinking from a horn is really cool!  Grin
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« Reply #2: August 24, 2010, 04:25:42 am »

If you do have a drinking horn what does it look like and how do you use it in your life/Heathenry? If you don't, would you like to have one? Or is it just something you're not interested in?

My SO has one.  I don't think he's used it much, maybe one since I've known him.  Mainly, it sits on the altar and collects dust.  I guess it looks like your usual drinking horn--a long horn shaped drinking vessel, lol.  He put beeswax in as a coating, probably to protect the materials from mixing, but I'm not really sure why he did that. 
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« Reply #3: August 24, 2010, 01:49:32 pm »

If you do have a drinking horn what does it look like and how do you use it in your life/Heathenry? If you don't, would you like to have one? Or is it just something you're not interested in?

Although I'm a Celt and do not personally pracitice Heathenry I have two (whilst waiting for the third to arrive from Ebay  Cheesy )  One I keep in my feast bundle (14")and use it at every ritual feast.  The other I created for when I "sat out" a few days before my Elevation Ritual (10").  I use that one for water only.  The drinking of water while fasting helps to trigger my "travelling" button. They are both beautiful and I cherish each of them for their own merit.  When I use the horn to drink anything from there is a connection made with my ancestors.  I believe that this connection is based more in the Bull itself and the personal reverence that I and they have for his gifts. 

The larger one (20") will be used in larger rituals as an offering vessel for beer or mead.  Can't wait for it to arrive as I will be embellishing it with a silver rim, a (hopefully) crow finial and a leather frog.   This one will carry more of a ceremonial essence than the other two and will only be used for conducting ritual. 

I love what Mark C. said when he stated that using the horn makes everyday activities more sacred. 
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« Reply #4: August 24, 2010, 02:04:43 pm »


I've had a drinking horn for about a year and a half now. I used it while sharing a blót with my last Pagan group - filled it with cut wine and passed it around - and am currently using it in my Druidry to hold the offerings to my ancestors (usually water).
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« Reply #5: August 24, 2010, 11:43:20 pm »



Would (or does) having a strong connection to a god who is in some way associated with a drinking horn (for ex. Thor in the Prose Edda drinking from a horn whose end is in the ocean) make it more appealing to you, or is it simply the cultural connection?
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« Reply #6: August 25, 2010, 12:07:02 am »

Would (or does) having a strong connection to a god who is in some way associated with a drinking horn (for ex. Thor in the Prose Edda drinking from a horn whose end is in the ocean) make it more appealing to you, or is it simply the cultural connection?

For me, a drinking horn is a (very very special and ritualistic) prop that helps me make a connection between other practicing Pagans and the practices of Pagans back in the day. While I don't link my horn to any particular deity, it does help me feel connected (in a way some of my Wiccan props don't). Even if I'm not a heathen, the Norse gods were the first ones I reached out to after I quit Christianity cold turkey, and it's kinda a personal reminder of how far I've come along on my path.
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« Reply #7: August 25, 2010, 12:26:38 am »

If you do have a drinking horn what does it look like and how do you use it in your life/Heathenry? If you don't, would you like to have one? Or is it just something you're not interested in?

Here's a Mead Horn project blog post:http://gallowsburden.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/project-mead-horn-and-a-new-asatru-podcast/

I don't have a drinking horn, but I would love to get one.  I want one because of its connection to the culture, history and mythology.

How does one clean a drinking horn so it is able to be used? 

Is there any type of liquid that should not be put in the drinking horn?   

I found this one for sale: http://www.spellsofmagic.com/shop_details.html?c=F&s=%22Ritual+Items%22&id=61686&referral_fg

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« Reply #8: August 25, 2010, 01:54:38 am »

I don't have a drinking horn, but I would love to get one.  I want one because of its connection to the culture, history and mythology.

How does one clean a drinking horn so it is able to be used? 

Is there any type of liquid that should not be put in the drinking horn?   

I found this one for sale: http://www.spellsofmagic.com/shop_details.html?c=F&s=%22Ritual+Items%22&id=61686&referral_fg



I just use warm water and soap when I want to clean mine. You may want to ask the vendor who's selling it, just to see if they used any particular varnish (can't think of the actual word). I've run into people selling drinking horns that you reeeeally shouldn't actually drink out of and looked suspiciously shiny...
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« Reply #9: August 25, 2010, 08:51:48 am »

I don't have a drinking horn, but I would love to get one.  I want one because of its connection to the culture, history and mythology.

How does one clean a drinking horn so it is able to be used? 

Is there any type of liquid that should not be put in the drinking horn?   

When I receive a horn I take steel wool and clean out the inside (as far as I can reach) and then coat the inside with beeswax.  I usually apply two coats.  All of the horns that I have bought have not had food grade sealant applied to them.  I use a mild soap and warm water to clean.  As I am using beeswax I never drink hot beverages from my horns.  The wax will melt.   Grin   I believe that one can put hot liquids in the varnish/sealant sealed horns. 

I wanted to see the horn that you were considering but the link didn't work for me.  *shrug*
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« Reply #10: August 25, 2010, 08:55:08 am »

If you do have a drinking horn what does it look like and how do you use it in your life/Heathenry? If you don't, would you like to have one? Or is it just something you're not interested in?

I personally don't feel a strong need for a drinking horn... but even those who don't feel a strong need to relive Viking days may feel differently! So I was just curious.

Here's a Mead Horn project blog post:http://gallowsburden.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/project-mead-horn-and-a-new-asatru-podcast/

I have a drinking horn (doubles as a trumpet horn), but it is broken and I have not found the time to repair it (it is on my list). Mine is a steer's horn that has a black point and is tannish white with some brown for most of the horn. As I purchased this horn I do not know what the material used was to seal the inside for drinking. Best guess would be a polymer coating given how it feels.
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« Reply #11: August 25, 2010, 04:09:48 pm »

If you do have a drinking horn what does it look like and how do you use it in your life/Heathenry? If you don't, would you like to have one? Or is it just something you're not interested in?



I have a horn. Actually, buying it was one of the first things I did after deciding I was Heathen, or that I had to give this Heathenry thing a proper try if I were to know whether it was right for me. It was a confirmatory act, in a way. Although as a member of this this consumer driven society there might be interesting comments to make about that ...  Tongue It generally sits on my altar-type-space and I've only used it the once when I took it to use at sumble as I had a cold. I have no idea what it's been treated with - varnish on the outside I think and there doesn't seem to be much on the inside at all. It's a bit inconvenient for general drinking use as you can't put it down, otherwise I'd use it much more.
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« Reply #12: December 21, 2010, 11:04:42 pm »

If you do have a drinking horn what does it look like and how do you use it in your life/Heathenry? If you don't, would you like to have one? Or is it just something you're not interested in?

Mine is made of cow horn and has leather intertwined near the top.  I use it for blots and sumbels.   
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« Reply #13: January 21, 2011, 02:56:28 pm »

If you do have a drinking horn what does it look like and how do you use it in your life/Heathenry? If you don't, would you like to have one? Or is it just something you're not interested in?

I personally don't feel a strong need for a drinking horn... but even those who don't feel a strong need to relive Viking days may feel differently! So I was just curious.

Here's a Mead Horn project blog post:http://gallowsburden.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/project-mead-horn-and-a-new-asatru-podcast/

I don't have one but I really want one because I think it would bring a certain energy to offerings and/or rituals. I wonder if anyone here makes and sells them?
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