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Author Topic: Becoming a Norse Pagan without joining Asatru?  (Read 44377 times)
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« Reply #45: June 13, 2011, 02:29:04 pm »

However (and this is not a jab at you, Bob) when I see comments to the effect of "read the Eddas and Sagas and go from there" I can't help but think that it would be like a Christian saying "read the Bible, it has everything you need in order to practice Christianity", when the Bible alone certainly wouldn't be enough to practice Catholicism, which also heavily relies on tradition. Call me crazy, but I don't think relying on primary sources alone is going to cut it, and I don't think people should feel as if they need a PhD to practice religion, nor do they want to spend years going through dry academic tome after dry academic tome. I know Asatru is called "the religion with homework" but I think that at some point it stops being "homework" and starts being "ridiculous".


But there are a lot of religions with religious texts or printed myths. Why would it have to necessarily remind you of Christianity?  Huh I read the Eddas first because it just made sense to me to know the myths that all these other 'accessible' books were referencing. It was nice to read them and form my own opinion before I read another's interpretation of what they meant.

Another thing I like about the primary sources is that those are the stories that people heard; the everyday people in a time when most coudn't read and write and when they certainly didn't go to college and get a Master's. All the other stuff? The talking, the theorizing, the analyzing...that's just philosophical chatter around the campfire. Wink

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« Reply #46: June 13, 2011, 05:27:06 pm »

I've had a brief look at the Asatru Lore forum (since that's what it is) and wonder why you would need to invite someone to another forum to further their 'education' - presumably because what you have to say might contravene the rules here? Call me cynical, but.......
That's quite the presumptive leap.

I would posit, rather, that Bob - like a great many Heathens, when this topic comes up - is simply tired of repeating himself, and rather than cover that ground yet again, prefers to refer people to those places where it's already been covered.

It's been covered here, too, in a way probably better suited to our mix of recon and non-recon - and to your particular POV - than the AL coverage; see this thread.  (Hyacinth Belle, you might want to link that one in the "resources to avoid" sticky thread as well.)

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« Reply #47: June 13, 2011, 05:57:49 pm »

I would posit, rather, that Bob - like a great many Heathens, when this topic comes up - is simply tired of repeating himself, and rather than cover that ground yet again, prefers to refer people to those places where it's already been covered.
I'm getting there too, actually. lol.

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It's been covered here, too, in a way probably better suited to our mix of recon and non-recon - and to your particular POV - than the AL coverage; see this thread.  (Hyacinth Belle, you might want to link that one in the "resources to avoid" sticky thread as well.)
Good thought; thanks.
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« Reply #48: June 13, 2011, 06:51:03 pm »

I'm getting there too, actually. lol.

*laugh* Thanks all for 'getting' me, you are absolutely right I AM getting weary of constantly repeating myself. Over on AL we have been accused of being unfriendly to newcomers by asking them to 'use the search'. It's not that we're being unfriendly, we just want people to know that in many or even most cases, the questions they may have are likely to have already been answered and discussed at length in the past. By searching out these threads, they can get the answers they seek without us having to repeat ourselves every few days for the past ten years. Really, we're not being flippant! Smiley
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