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The Cult of Odin in the North


Hello friends, my name is Arith Härger and today I’m going to talk about the cult of Odin in the North in Scandinavia on the previous video I have talked about the god Odin and the ancient cult surrounding this deity and I advise you to watch that video so you can better understand the content of this one because this video today is just extra
information about Odin [swedish pronunciation] or Odin when we talk about Norse mythology the first name that comes to mind is Odin it’s inevitable since the 13th century Odin was transformed into a figure closely related to the Christian God because that was the religious reality in Europe at that time and people are prone to create patterns that are related to the social reality they live in also, in an era very much influenced by Christianity in every field if you want us to talk about pagan stuff you had better include Christian values and morals or having a very Christian speech in the pagan tales so people would better understand the religious sense behind the mythological accounts so they could compare it with their religious reality since then Odin was completely transformed into a Christian figure with some old pagan traits people became familiarized with Odin because- the main religion of medieval Europe was
Christianity and Odin resembled the Christian god this went on until nowadays and even now most pagans who follow the northern European pagan traditions- can’t detach themselves from this Christian comprehension of the god Odin people are not to be blamed because in a society so deeply rooted in Christianity- unconsciously people end up absorbing Christian values and become Christians and when jumping into a pagan spirituality they hold on to something spiritual that it’s still familiar to them so in the previous video and this one, I want to show you that Odin wasn’t always the “Alfather”, the wisest of all gods not even the king of the gods and the cosmos itself did not turn around the pure will of Odin he was not a central figure the cult of Odin was not indigenous in the North the time when this deity was introduced in Scandinavia is difficult to say it was obviously before the Viking Age probably the closest date is somewhere around the late 5th century and the beginning of the 6th arriving in Britain with the Saxons and reaching what is now Norway and Sweden by way of Denmark however when the cult of Odin arrived in Scandinavia, this God wasn’t the central point of Norse mythology before the Viking Age only during the Viking Age, Odin became one of the most if not the most important deity of Norse mythology and from that moment on the Norse tradition started to change greatly and focusing and turning around Odin if we take a look at the oldest
poems referring Odin like Beowulf, for instance dating between the 8th and the 11th centuries and the Volsunga Saga which is a late 13th century Icelandic prose work, but there are representations of the story in stone dating to the 11th century, well in these stories we see Odin is indeed the major deity and the heros in such stories are closely connected with Odin so based on such accounts, Odin only became an important deity during the 8th century which makes Odin’s importance in scandinavian society quite new in scandinavian history the god that everyone speaks about, everyone thinks about, when talking about scandinavian mythology of course is actually not that old but obviously we have to be aware that all these Sagas and poems before being put to parchment or even carved in stone, belonged to the oral tradition and therefore are much older, this deity is much older so if we turn to archeology and historical records to support the findings we may come to the conclusion that perhaps Odin in the north, andthe religious context, is much older than the eighth century the customs associated with Odin might
give us some answers sacrificial hanging was practiced in
Sweden abouts in the end of the fifth century and even though Scandinavia was
never romanized, people were aware of each other there are historical references that- the practice of hanging as a distinctly sacrificial act was attributed to Scandinavians human victims were sacrificed in this way to the God of War the Roman historical references do not speak about the name of the deity it is compared to the Greek God of War – Ares and so it could mean Týr, the Norse god of war but there are little evidences about that Týr in archaeological terms is an unimportant figure in the Norse mythology there are no archaeological evidences of sacrifices to Týr, human sacrifices at least human sacrifices by hanging and offered to the God of War- can only be to Odin this shows us that the cult of Odin was already practiced in the north at the beginning of the 6th century and that is perhaps the date when it was
introduced in the north but mind that I’m talking about the CULT of Odin and not the deity itself what I’m saying here is not that Odin is a young deity, younger than the Christian God even no . . . Odin or Wodanaz, was a Germanic deity, a God of War and death but he did not exist in a Scandinavian religious concept before the invading Germanic tribes obviously, throughout history people came and went from place to place, and there is a possibility that Odin was known in Scandinavia during the Nordic Bronze Age between 1500 – 500 BCE which was an age when the Nordics imported lots of gold and bronze from Central Europe and the Scandinavians adopted many Central European and Mediterranean religious symbols and also objects, technology and artistic styles the Bronze Age was also an age of war and all over Europe the cultures and traditions were around war so the concept of Odin as a God of War only! Might have been introduced in Scandinavia since the Bronze Age but the Scandinavians, especially the Swedes, maintained Freyr as their most important in highly worshipped deity so in conclusion Odin was a God of War in Germanic societies especially in Central Europe during the Bronze Age the Cult of Odin and Scandinavia seems to only have been introduced during the sixth century of our era but this doesn’t mean that his cult was something new at this time but started to be introduced in the major religious events during the end of the 5th century and the beginning of the 6th Odin only became a major deity during
the Viking Age and during the 13th century and with the influence of Christianity- Odin became the “Alfather”, associated with creation so there seems to have been an increasing in the importance this deity had in the old Scandinavian societies all right friends I hope you
have enjoyed this video and well, this is just another video to show you that Odin wasn’t always the Alfather a god associated with creation and much like Loki and other gods- it was very much Christianized, he suffered a lot of Christian influences and became a figure associated with Christian values and morals and sins with… still- still with a few pagan traits but well… anyway, I hope you have enjoyed this video see you on the next one and… Tack för idag!
(Thank you for today!)

Otis Rodgers

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16 COMMENTS

  1. colin Paterson Posted on February 7, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Great explanation Arith! It seems that the fate of Odinn is a fate suffered by most of Europe -burdened by Christianity :(((

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  2. crowsbaneful Posted on February 7, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks Arith. This raises other questions too. This desert cult hasn't finished its destruction of our past and identity yet.

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  3. Kirsten Whitworth Posted on February 7, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    The stories and fragments of stories I have read about Odin have focused less on the All Father aspect and more of the wanderer, the magician, the shaman. Because I have been reading these stories since I was a child, I cannot often quote sources.

    To me, Odin is a shaman above all else. Rather than acting as a king in a castle, or a god of war, I have a sense of him wandering via Sleipnir throughout the nine worlds in a wide-brimmed hat, a cloak, a staff. Huginn and Muninn scout ahead and behind, bringing him back whispers of events surrounding him. I take these journeys to be shamanic journeys, or guided trances induced by the sound of drums.
    I believe calling Sleipnir a horse is poetic. Sleipnir, to me, is not an actual eight-legged horse but another name for Yggdrasil, with four buttress roots (hind legs) and four major branches (forelegs). From personal knowledge, I know shamans often use trees and bodies of water to enter and traverse the trance realms. I believe Odin used Yggdrasil, and Mimir's Well, to travel from one of the nine worlds to another in shamanic trances.

    Odin willingly sacrifices whatever it takes to gain knowledge, which he values above all else.
    There is a story where he gives an eye to Mimir as payment for a drink from the magic well of Destiny at the base of Yggdrasil to gain foreknowledge of fate, the provenance of the Norns.
    There is a tale of Odin's sacrifice on an ash tree, probably Yggdrasil, for nine days, and suffering a spear in his side to learn women's magic, the Norn's magic: the runes. The sense I got was that it was a symbolic pregnancy: he stabbed himself to fertilize himself, hung from Yggdrasil for nine days instead of nine months, and gained the runes that had previously only been available to the Norns, who were female shamans. Bringing the runes to men was like birthing them and bringing them into the world.
    So, Odin, like Tiresias, is one of the few who knew what it was like to be both male and female. I think these two stories are of the time that men took magic from women for themselves.

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  4. Witness True Sorcery Posted on February 8, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Excellent supplement for a topic as wide as the universe itself. Arith, my friend, one of the things I always enjoyed about your videos is that you talk about the subjects in a very clear and open-minded manner. It's impossible for a person to get bored! Always opened for further interprepation and investigation. As for the deity himself, I can add that he of course has his very similar equivalents in all polytheistic religions and European beliefs. (i'm sure that you are very much aware) Like all the rest of the Norse pantheon, every god and goddess can be found in other traditions and Pagan beliefs. Slavic, Celtic, Greek, Roman and so forth. The underlyring importance of the Cult of Odinn is that he was and still is a very powerful archetype, and as you mentioned in your previous video, it really depends on the time period and the world view of the people inhabiting certain parts of Scandinavia and Europe. Overall, I think that The Allfather will continue to be a chief and primordial source and a major pillar for the beliefs and spiritual practices of many Heathen men and women around the globe. I pesonally see Odin as a multifaceted, symbolic and archetypal piece of the puzzle for deciphiring the human condition and the way for a blissful participation of life, as well for the metaphysical aspects of afterlife and reincarnation. Check out "Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia" by Varg Vikernes or for more deep exploration, you can check "The Secret of the She-Bear" by his wife. (this is not a sales pitch by the way) :D. Thanks for the rich and educational topic Arith! See you around!

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  5. Amaerd Ødinssđatter Posted on February 9, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Thanks Arith, good and informative video as always, hugs…

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  6. Matheus Turl Posted on February 12, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Continue com este excelente trabalho, amigo! Saudações do Brasil!

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  7. Ryan Wilson Posted on March 11, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Odin is are all farther

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  8. Brian Brinck Nielsen Posted on May 7, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Did you just call Odin a cult?

    Are you completely nuts sweed?

    Denmark.

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  9. David Massey Posted on May 18, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Very much enjoy your videos. Some of the very best content and information regarding Asatru and Vanatru and associated beliefs and practices.

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  10. Wessex Lives Posted on October 30, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    wtf……. stop with the bible thumping……..

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  11. Thelma Lynne Posted on November 15, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Oden is the correct spelling.The first letter o has the sound oo as in too and den is like a lions den.o= a ring or the ring and den means the in Swedish.Thus oden is a ring..There is a ancient poem in English about oden. oden is a ring oden is everything oden has always been and oden will always be and oden is the sun. If one looks to the sun they can see a white ring around it.This is the ring of oden.

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  12. TheDeadlyRune Posted on November 22, 2018 at 11:03 am

    That feel when you have no nobility to hang as a sacrifice to Odin. 😂😂😂

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  13. Austin Huffman Posted on January 21, 2019 at 6:37 am

    I'd like to know where you get your info like what books do you recommend on the subject cause I'm having a hard time finding accurate information

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  14. The Rebel Posted on February 10, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    It's been a while I haven't watched your videos. Greetings Arith.

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  15. Larry Ballenger Posted on February 21, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Do not fear Odin is on his way with a vengance! Xtians run and hide! He goes back as far as 70,000 yrs his orginal name is odqan a fire good in the beginning

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  16. Jay Myers-Munoz Posted on April 11, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Thanks so much more making these videos. They’re fun to watch and have really great information. Keep them coming!

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