Building the Bifrost, Part 1: What Converting to Any Form of Norse Polytheism Kinda Sucks
Thoughts on issues with how we introduce new members to our communities.
This article originally started as a piece concerning the lore, and how we could better assist new converts to Heathenry in understanding and interpreting it. As I began writing, I realized that our efforts to guide people into being good Heathens are woefully lacking not only on this front, but on all fronts. As such, let’s take a look at how people come to our faith and how we may have been letting them down.
You see, the first piece of advice that just about anyone will give a new Heathen is that they should study the lore. That’s not bad advice, but it’s often the only advice that people are willing to give. While I am definitely frustrated that we collectively set the bar for entry at ancient, translated texts which themselves are recounts made by biased scholarship of another faith that would have no interest in respecting the…
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