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HEATHENS IN THE MILITARY: CALL TO ACTION
norsemyth.org/2015/05/heathens-in-military-call-to-action.html

For six years, the Open Halls Project Working Group has worked for the addition of Ásatrú and Heathen to the U.S. Army's religious preference list as a faith option for soldiers.

For six years, Heathen soldiers have accommodated every administrative obstacle that has stood between them and recognition of their religious tradition.

Today, soldiers who follow the Old Way of Odin, Thor, Freya and the other Germanic gods and goddesses are still denied basic religious rights available to faiths that are recognized by the Army.

Today, Heathen soldiers ask you to stand with them.

Please join our email campaign and let the Army know that you support equal rights for Heathen soldiers.

Details at norsemyth.org/2015/05/heathens-in-military-call-to-action.html
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Even if you aren't a Heathen or practitioner of Ásatrú... this is something to support. I served in the US Navy from '90 to '98 and as a Wiccan, had damn near no support. The VA JUST in the last few years started allowing the Wiccan Star to be available for VA provided headstones and grave markers for service members. As well, when I served I had to put "No Rel Pref" on my dog tags.

And this is even though Wicca had been a recognized religion in the US since the late 60's to early 70's. 

In contrast, the Satanic Church has been recognized by the US Military for FAR longer. Not that, that is a bad thing. They're much more organized... and that's the key.

If you are of a 'fringe' religion, support the others as well... one day, other US Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors might be needed to assist those who follow your ways to get recognized for their faith as well. 

Remember the DOD moves at a tortoise's pace, and the VA is being drug behind them on a heavy laden cart. 
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"The Æsir took their places on their thrones of fate. Odin, Thor and Frey were to be the judges, thus settling the matter."

Art by Wilhelm Kaulbach (1843)
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NORSE MYTH ART CONTEST
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Have YOU started your entry? Midsummer Art Contest has kid, teen & adult divisions.
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PROPHECY OF THE SEERESS

Incredibly intense animated video for Ofärd's "Völvans Spådom" shows Odin raising a dead prophetess to give her prophecy of Ragnarök. Not for the faint of heart!

For more mythic music, subscribe (free) to NorseTube, The +Norse Mythology Channel: youtube.com/user/norsetube
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ooo, I'm under dressed!
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VIKINGS: TRADERS & RAIDERS

Archaeology.org reports an interesting find in a 10th-century Viking grave above Trondheim Fjord, Norway. No body was found, just a sword & shield boss (shield's metal center piece).

Inside the shield boss was a leather purse with Islamic silver coins (minted in what we now call Iraq), agates & a small lead weight.

Archaeologist Ingrid Ystgaard of Norwegian University Science & Technology’s Museum of Natural History & Archaeology says the coins & agates could have been acquired through either trading or raiding on travels far distant from Norway.

Sword & shield boss both show marks of much combat use, but the lead weight suggests the Viking also acted as a merchant.

Ystgaard says, “It’s a good reminder that they were not just raiders. This man was likely a classic trader-warrior of the Viking Age.”

Read the original article: archaeology.org/issues/175-1505/trenches/3164-trenches-norway-viking-shield-islamic-coins
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wow that is just awsome
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Laughing, Völund rose in the air,
And Nidud sadly sat there behind.

Art by Wilhelm Kaulbach (1843)
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DISRESPECT FOR HEATHEN SOLDIERS
armytimes.com/story/military/careers/army/2015/05/24/thor-asatru-humanism-hammer/27598169/

After 6 years of trying to add Heathenry as a U.S. Army faith code, followers of the Old Way are still being tied up in red tape by Army administration. Despite being told in January that Heathenry was approved to be added to the list of recognized religions, Heathen soldiers are still not able to declare their religious preference. Aside from this ongoing nonsense being a gross insult to these dedicated men & women, it has serious consequences for their lives. Follow link for details.
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NORSE MYTH ART CONTEST
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PLEASE SHARE: Midsummer Art Contest has kid, teen & adult divisions. Judges are comics artist Simon Fraser (Doctor Who, Judge Dredd) & Dr. Merrill Kaplan (Scandinavian Studies, Ohio State University). Time to get started!
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HALLS OF VALHALLA

I'm seeing Judas Priest & Saxon tonight. For those of you without gray hair, these are ancient wizards from a magical time when musicians actually played musical instruments.
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Ok then. Nonetheless I think it's very unlikely that any fans of those pseudo musicians would come and listen to a Priest song on YT ;)
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VIKING DRAGON HEAD FOUND
Excerpted from Radio Sweden

A tiny dragon's head, previously only found as a mold, has been discovered during excavations in the port of the Birka Viking village, and important trading centre from Viking times.

The mould was found in 1870, and now the bronze brooch, or costume needle, that came out of the mold has been found.

Birka, on the island of Björkö in lake Mälaren, was founded at the end of the 8th century. It has been called Sweden's first town and is believed to have had 700-1000 inhabitants in its heyday.

Full article: sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=6166713
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reminds me of a sea horse. the cool thing with them was there was no way to know what any one of them saw they had boats that could go inland on rivers they could go just about anywhere. The ones that never left home still probably saw and heard any number of things from the ones went viking/trading and came back.
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NORSE MYTH ART CONTEST
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There are divisions for kids, teens & adults. Celebrity judges are comics artist Simon Fraser (Doctor Who, Judge Dredd) & Prof. Merrill Kaplan (Ohio State University). Check out details at link (above). Good luck!
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by Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried

Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried writes The Norse Mythology Blog. A Norse mythologist and musician in Chicago, he teaches Norse mythology classes at Newberry Library. He has also taught Norse mythology at Loyola University Chicago and Norse religion at Carthage College, where he was founder & faculty advisor of the Tolkien Society.

Karl has been featured as a writer and lecturer on mythology and religion by On Religion Magazine (UK), Interfaith Ramadan (Italy), the Joseph Campbell Foundation, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Wagner Society of America and Wheaton College. He is the author of all Ásatrú definitions in the Religion Stylebook of the Religion Newswriters Association. He's a member of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, the Tolkien Society (UK), the Viking Society for Northern Research (UK) and the Religion Newswriters Association. He's also the Official Norse Mythologist of the Stephanie Miller Show.

Karl holds degrees in literature and music from University of California at San Diego, University of Wisconsin at Madison and University of Texas at Austin. He also studied literature and art history at Loyola University Chicago Rome Center in Italy. He recently received an academic scholarship from University of Chicago Divinity School and is now working on an MA in Religion.

2012, 2013 & 2014 Weblog Awards: Best Religion Weblog
Weblog Awards Hall of Fame: First religion blog to enter the Hall of Fame
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