“Hail to the Children of Frya! In the end they shall see me again. Though him only can I recognize as free who is neither a slave to another nor to his own passions.”
- The Book of Adela’s Followers
BERSERKERS AND SHAMANS
One of the most legendary figures from what is referred to as “The Viking Age” is the “berserker”- the mad warrior who runs into battle wearing only animal skins, crying out a hideous yell as he slaughters all in his path, while seeming to be impervious to pain.
Famed Icelandic poet and historian, Snorri Sturluson wrote of these berserkers in the Ynglinga Saga:
“[Odin’s] men went without their mailcoats and were mad as hounds or wolves, bit their shields…they slew men, but neither fire nor iron had effect upon them. This is called ‘going berserk’.”
In Old Norse, “berserker” meant “bear shirts”. This indicated that these warriors went into battle wearing bear hides. However there were also úlfheðnar, which meant “wolf hides”; who were warriors who wore wolf skins into battle and went into a similar mad frenzy.
The practice of wearing totem animal skins and reaching a state of ecstatic frenzy during battle and/or ritual was and is a commonality among those who practice shamanism. Often referred to as “animism” or “nature worship”, shamanism is a common practice and worldview among indigenous peoples the world over, and many share similar practices and cosmologies across cultures and large geographic distance.
The common cosmology for the shaman typically consists of a World Tree or Pole that contains various realms, which the shaman can travel to and bring back wisdom and knowledge for the benefit of the tribe (or just himself). These realms are typically divided into an “upper”, “middle” and “lower” world; although they are often subdivided further depending on the culture.
The people of the greater Slavic lands into central Asia practiced shamanism for millennia before the coming of Christianity. The ancient Slavs had a cosmology consisting of an Earth that was an island floating in a great ocean, with a World Tree running through the middle of it, connecting it to various realms of existence from the heavenly realm of the god to the underworld land of the dead.
For those familiar with Norse-Germanic mythology, this is Yggdrasil, the World Tree. However, it is not only the cosmology of the Slavs that is similar to the Norse, but many of the pagan gods as well have a great deal of similarities to one another. One of primary explanations for this is that they were both part of a greater Proto-Indo European pagan tradition
This Indo-Aryan/European shamanic paganism and its offshoots are touted by many as the “primordial” religion of the Northern Europeans before Christianity took over.
But what if that isn’t true?
While most mainstream scholars and academics claim that shamanism and pagan “nature worship” are the oldest forms of spiritual practice and ritual, researchers into mystic and occult lore and traditions like Mark Booth found a different perspective in what has been referred to as “occult history”. In his book “The Secret History of the World”, Booth states the following in regards to shamanism:
“… the beings encountered by shamans seem to be from the lower levels, rather than the more elevated planetary gods with whom the initiate priests communed.
In the view of modern esoteric teachers, then, all shamanism, whether that of the old Hunnic or Mongol hordes… represent a degeneration of a once magnificent primordial vision…
In conventional history religion’s early stages were marked by animism and totemism. This developed into the complicated cosmologies of the great ancient civilizations. In the secret history humankind’s primordial vision was complicated, sophisticated and magnificent, and only later degenerated into animism, totemism and shamanism.”
Of course, if we are directing our spiritual attention straight to the Logos; the Most High Eternal Light of Creation; even the planetary gods could be understood as “lower beings”.
There has been a great revival and interest in the “old ways” of pagan European spirituality, particularly among the various European/White identitarian and nationalist movements. They argue that Christianity, which defined European and Western culture for the better part of a millennia, is a foreign religion that was imposed upon Europe and is ultimately antithetical to the true nature of the European stock of peoples.
Gravitating towards Asatru, Odinism and the veneration of the Norse/Germanic gods (as was the case with many within the old National Socialist leadership) these “neo–völkisch” pagans have the expressed aim of reviving something more “authentic” to the European folk soul.
But again, what if it isn’t?
What if the spirituality of Norse/Germanic paganism is yet another, albeit older, Asiatic import that was brought into Europe? What if the pagan mythology and the shaman/warrior cultures associated with them represent a deviation from and a degeneration of an even older European perennial tradition?
THE BATTLE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN
In the spring of 1934, a group of NSDAP (“Nazi”) leaders and intellectuals were involved in a panel discussion that became a fierce debate at the University of Berlin. The center of the argument was an obscure Dutch-Frisian text known as “The Oera Linda Book”.
The Oera Linda Book first came to the public eye nearly 70 years earlier when a Dutchman by the name of d handed over the manuscript that had been passed down through his family for generations, to the provincial library of Friesland (a coastal province in the northwest Netherlands) for translation. While there were certainly scholars who claimed the work to be authentic, the bulk of mainstream academia by and large dismissed it (rather out of hand) as a forgery.
Several decades later, a Dutch völkisch philologist named Herman Wirth published a translation of The Oera Linda Book and dubbed it as the “Nordic Bible”. Wirth gave a copy of the book to his friend and associate, Heinrich Himmler, who soon became infatuated with the book to such an extent that it became known as “Himmler’s Bible”.
However, many leading figures within the NSDAP were not keen on the book, and essentially took the side of mainstream academia in declaring the text as inauthentic and a “hoax”. One of the main figures leading this charge was Alfred Rosenberg– author of the seminal work of NSDAP ideology, “The Myth of the Twentieth Century” and the man who introduced Adolf Hitler to the NSDAP.
The two opposing camps officially “squared off” during a panel discussion centered on The Oera Linda Book that took place on May 4th 1934 at the aforementioned University of Berlin. The discussion turned into a heated debate, but in the end, The Oera Linda Book was officially declared “a hoax” by the NSDAP, and “Himmler’s Bible” receded once again into obscurity.
A primary mythos utilized by the National Socialists that was promoted through art, literature and propaganda was that of an ancient Aryan pagan warrior society, taken largely from the Eddas as well as the Vedas, which are undeniably connected. The ideals and imagery associated with this somewhat romanticized history worked well with the rather patriarchal and authoritarian nature of the NSDAP regime.
However, The Oera Linda Book presented a rather different view of the ancient Aryans (or “Fryans” as they are referred to in the text), causing some researchers to postulate that the real reason for the rejection of the book by the NSDAP was largely political, rather than scholarly.
AN INCONVENIENT HISTORY
The Oera Linda Book speaks of an ancient civilization of farmers and sailors whose society once expanded across Europe into Russia and North Africa. Their homeland is a place called “Atland”, which can reasonably be correlated to “Atlantis”, and is presumed to lie beneath the waves of the northern Atlantic, save perhaps for a few remnants that survive as small islands.
Fryan society was a “theocracy” led by a “Folk Mother” and her “Matrons”– priestesses who were in charge of guiding the society and maintaining a sacred eternal fire (a predecessor of the Roman Vestal Virgins). These priestesses were in charge of maintaining the morals of the society so they could stay connected to “Frya”- the ancient semi-divine (possibly mythological) matriarch of the Fryan people (the “White” races), and was said to have given birth to her children without “aid of a man”, and ascended to her “Watch Star” before a major cataclysm reshaped the world.
Frya was said to be the last and greatest of the three daughters of WRALDA or WR-ALDA:
“After the twelfth Yule festival she (earth/Irtha) gave birth to three maidens:- Lyda out of glowing, Finda out of hot, and Frya out of warm dust. When the last came, WR-ALDA breathed his spirit upon her in order that men should be bound to him. When she was full grown she took pleasure and delight in the visions of WRALDA.
They received WRALDA’S ‘seed’ into them, and so they each bore twelve sons and twelve daughters; twins each Yuletide. All of mankind has come from these.”
It is here we perhaps have the true origins of Christmas and the story of the Divine becoming man, linking back to this Fryan myth of the rather miraculous birth of the primary root races of humanity. And with the “binding” of man to WR-ALDA through the Breath of Life is strangely reminiscent to the concept of a “covenant“- something which figures HEAVILY in the Biblical mythos.
WR-ALDA (which would likely have been pronounced either RA-AL-DA or RA-EL-DA) – the overarching deity of the Fryans, was akin to the concept of the Greek “Logos”, the Hermetic “ALL”, “The Monad” of the Gnostics and even “The Tao” of Taoism.
“WRALDA is the most ancient of ancients or the most ancient because he created all things. WR-ALDA is all in all, for he is eternal and everlasting… All that we can see of him are the created beings who came through his life and go back again, because from WRALDA all things proceed and return to him. From, WRALDA comes the beginning and the end.”
WRA-ELDA translated to “Ra the Elder“, and was understood to be the Prime Eternal Ordering Mind, Ground and/or Principle from which all things come; a sort of cosmic essence beyond anthropomorphism. WRA-ALDA has correlations in both ancient Egypt and Phoenicia. “Ra” is of course the name of the primal ancient Egyptian “sun-god”, while “Al” or “El” was the name of the supreme “Most High” god of the Phoenicians– both of whom are known to have had “Aryan” influences.
Morality and virtue was of the utmost importance to the Fryans, and nothing was prized more than freedom:
“Sensible Frya. The first she taught her children was self-control, the second was the love of virtue and when they were grown she taught them the value of liberty; for she said:
‘Without liberty all other virtues serve to make you slaves, your origins to eternal disgrace.’”
In the text, the Fryans refer to themselves as the “Free People”, with the name of Frya literally meaning “free”. Slavery and bondage was seen as morally abhorrent by the Fryans, who referred to their neighbors in Asia and Africa as “the slave peoples”; meaning they were enslaved and/or they enslaved others. The penalty for either of these things in Fryan society was of the highest magnitude:
“Should any man rob another of his freedom, even his debtor, you must lead him away on a leash like a slave. I advise you, though, burn his body and that of his mother in an open place and bury their ashes fifty feet below ground, so that no grass shall grow on them because such grass would kill your cattle.”
A love of freedom was something that has often been linked to the Celts, but Irish historian and author Liam De Paor, questioned whether this distinctly “western” virtue was in fact Celtic in origin in the 1986 BBC documentary series “The Celts” :
“There is something that gives a distinctive character to the western peoples, but I do wonder how much of it was necessarily ‘Celtic’… I think we are dealing.. with a heritage of people who were there before the Celts; of Atlantic ‘barbarians’.. whose heritage is.. along the western coast of Europe. One of the things that does seem to run into the continental Celts from this western area, mentioned by Caesar and other writers, is a passion for freedom; individual freedom and a freedom from a certain kind of order. A certain kind of order is rejected. It’s the kind of order the Romans imposed...”
Fryan society was also based on the “democratic” election of public officials. Even the kings were elected and had strict term limits:
“Except for the king, all officials may be re-elected who conduct themselves correctly and in accordance to Frya’s directives… No king may remain king for longer than three years lest he becomes entrenched.”
The NSDAP government would have been quite wary of officially endorsing anything that detailed something akin to a “democracy” or spoke so much of “freedom”. The centralized authoritarianism of NSDAP was somewhat antithetical to these ideals, particularly in the forms that “freedom and democracy” had come to take in the 20th century.
Führers have no term limits.
Leaders within the German and European right as a whole saw democracy as a scourge on the world, and saw the freedom of America as something that was at this point bringing a culture of selfish materialism to the world. But one also mustn’t forget that Germany had just come out of a type of social democratic republic with the failed Weimar Republic and saw the very real pitfalls of a “democratic experiment” in which the oligarchs take complete control of a society- and the social and economic decay that had come with it.
However, the “social democracy” of the Fryans and the decaying democracy of the modern West were and are two very different animals, arising from two distinctly different cultural entities.
While perhaps having a root in a more virtuous and self-reliant founding cultural stock; the people of the modern west (led by America) generally want little to do with virtue or self-control, and only love their “freedom” because to them, it means they can pursue whatever selfish interest they want.
Fryans however, were raised to love virtue (i.e. the virtue of being a contributing member of a folkish society) and have self-control BEFORE the value of freedom was instilled.
The Fryans understood that with freedom comes great responsibility.
And moreover, the Fryans had the somewhat theocratic institution of the chaste Folk Mothers and Matrons who served as the moral leaders of the people- an office left completely vacant in modern western “democracy”.
But, the freedom-loving Fryans were also “socialist” of “socially democratic” to a degree and believed in fair division of labor and resources and taking care of their own:
“Four things are given for your enjoyment, namely air, water, land, and fire. WRALDA, though, is the sole possessor of them. Therefore I advise you, you should choose upright men who will fairly divide the labor and the fruits, so that no-one shall be exempt from work or from the duty of defense.”
“If a man has taken a wife, he must be given a house and yard. If there is none, it must be built for him.”
The Fryans were almost militant in their belief that they should look out for one another, as evidenced in Frya’s Tex (Laws):
“You have seen how quickly I provide assistance. Do the same for your neighbor. Do not wait until someone begs you; the afflicted would curse you, my matrons would erase your name from the book, and I would have to denounce you as a stranger.”
However, their “socialism” was not the modern bureaucratic nightmare that promotes loafing about (Fryans exiled any able-bodied person who would not pull their own weight), but was more of along the lines of the sort of distributism that can be found particularly among the Amish and Mennonite communities. Indeed, these Dutch Christian peoples may be the closest one could get to understanding what the values of the ancient Fryans would have been.
The benefits of Fryan society were only extended to Fryans. Non-Fryans and exiles were typically not permitted to stay within Burgh (city) limits. If employed by Fryan merchant vessels, non-Fryans would have temporary living quarters outside of the city, although they would have been taken care of as guests. They also would have had Fryan “missionaries” visit them and teach any who were receptive, the ideas of freedom that the Fryans valued, as the Fryans looked to “make friends everywhere“.
The “folkish socialism” of the Fryans would have been somewhat on par with NSDAP policy, as would have been their commitment to conservationism, the outlaw of usury, the requirement that boys be conscripted to some form of “national service” (either militarily or as a seamen for 3 years) and their anti-miscegenation laws.
The Fryans saw race mixing as something that would endanger the purity of their civilization, which they had just barely managed to preserve after the sinking of Atland and the corresponding catastrophes and raids from the East. This decree was encoded in their most sacred set of laws handed down from Frya herself:
“Should any of them (the people of Finda or Lyda [blacks]) desire one of your daughters as a wife, and she is willing, explain to her foolishness; but if she still wants to let her follow her suitor, let her go in peace.
If your son wishes for a daughter of theirs, you must do the same as with your daughter; but neither the one nor the other may ever return, for they would introduce foreign morals and customs, and if these were accepted by you, I could no longer watch over you.”
But although there was a sense of cultural superiority among the Fryans, they were also very adament on maintaining good standing in the world at large as an example of high moral behavior and general kindness towards the other races. However, they could also fierce and warrior-like as illustrated by the following passage:
“Should it happen that they (the Races of Finda and Lyda) want advice or something else from you, you should help them. If they come to rob you, though, then fall upon them like a raging fire.”
The Fryans also believed in equality- something that is inherently “of the Left“, but their equality was not one of the universalist sense we think of when we hear the word today, but rather one for their own people within the constructs of their own laws, which they saw as divine in principle:
“All Frya’s children are born equal. Therefore they must have equal rights on land and else where, that is water, and in all that WRALDA has given.”
A CREDIBLE SOURCE?
Now to many, The Oera Linda Book itself will look like a less-than-credible source due to its confusing layout and seeming lack of supporting material. However, a great deal of work has been done by the late Afrikaner amateur archaeologist and historian, Alewyn J. Raubenheimer in his extensively-sourced book, “Chronicles from Pre-Celtic Europe: Survivors of the Great Tsunami”. In the book, Raubenheimer draws from both ancient historical texts, the most recent archaeological and geological discoveries, and DNA haplogroup mapping to show that the events described in The Oera Linda Book are indeed rooted in actual history.
One of the major historical themes in Raubenheimer’s book, as well as The Oera Linda Book is the ancient Asiatic migrations and invasions of Europe. Now, many are familiar with the invasions of the Huns, the Mongols and the Arab Turks into Europe during the Christian era. But far fewer know of any Asiatic invasions occurring around 2000 B.C., as the general mainstream history for northern and central Europe that far back tends to suggest that nothing much was going on at that time, and that everything of note was happening in the Middle East.
The Oera Linda Book explains a much more eventful situation:
“How the Bad times came.
The whole summer the sun hid behind the clouds, as if it did not want to see the earth. The wind rested in its place causing smoke and mist to hang like sails above the houses and marshes. The air was dreary and dull, and in the hearts of people, there were neither joy nor happiness.
In the midst of this stillness, the earth began to tremble as if she was dying. The mountains split open to spew out fire and ash, others sank into her bowels, and where there were fields, mountains and waves went so high over mountain and dale that everything was submerged. Many people were buried in the earth and many who had escaped the fire perished in the water. Not only in Finda’s Land (Asia) did the mountains spew fire but also in Twiskland (Germany). Forests were burned one after the other, and when the wind fame there our land was covered with ash. Rivers changed their course, and at their mouths, new islands were formed of sand and floating animals.
Three years earth suffered, but when it improved, the forests could be seen. Many countries were submerged, others had risen out of the sea and in Twiskland half of the forests were destroyed. Bands of Finda’s people came and settled in the empty spaces. Our dispersed people were exterminated or became their slaves. Then watchfulness was doubly impressed upon us, and time taught us that unity is our best fortress.
Mountains, bow your heads; clouds and streams, weep. Yes. Skenland blush, Slave nations trample on your cloak. O, Frya!”
This is no doubt the same great cataclysm that is correlated in myths across the world as well, and is backed up by ancient historical records as well as the geological record. This event has been meticulously studied and documented by many researchers- both alternative and mainstream. This cataclysm brought about the destruction of old homelands and a “clash of civilizations” between European and Asiatic civilization that has been one of the primary recurring themes of recorded history.
Raubenheimer uses geological, archaeological and historical evidence to place this cataclysm and the earliest writings within The Oera Linda Book at nearly 3,000 years BC.
But it is not only the cataclysm itself that finds correlation among scholars, but the antediluvian “matriarchy” centered around a “goddess” can also be found. Reference to this can be found in the book “Mysteries of the Druids” written by British historian, explorer, and philosopher W. Winwood Reade in 1861:
“There is, however, a tradition that at one period both in Gaul and Britain, the women were supreme, that they ruled the councils of state, that they led armies of war. That the Druids by degrees supplanted them, and obtained the power for themselves.”
This description correlates quite well with the history laid out in The Oera Linda Book, which speaks of “The Druids” as pagan priests from the Levant that partnered with the Phoenicians (who themselves were Fryan exiles that partnered with Semitic tribes) made rich off sex-trafficking and general mercantilism, and moved into France and the Fryan penal colony of Britain to lead a revolt against the Fryans. Historic and genetic traces of the Middle East can be found throughout the Iberian Peninsula.
Likewise, this idea of ancient Near Eastern influence and colonization up into Britain has been extensively researched by folks like Michael Tsarion who speaks of the “Milesians” (Middle Asians[?]) coming from Spain and settling into Ireland and acting as a subversive element to the culture there. Tsarion in turn, references researchers like Ignatius Donnelly, Comyns Beaumont, Conor MacDari, Anna Wilkes, Ralph Ellis, and L.A.Waddell.
However, the “supremacy” of the Fryan priestesses known as Folk Mothers, Matrons and Maidens, was not totalitarian by any means, as the women headed the religious, ethical, educational, housing/welfare and horticultural aspects of the society, while men headed up the matters of defense, general governance, and mercantile activities with relative autonomy, although the Folk Mother did tend to have the final veto.
This history of the primordial priestess and “Germanic Aryan Feminism” was attested to by the research and writings of Herman Wirth and was vehemently opposed by Alfred Rosenberg. Rosenberg believed patriarchy to be an indigenous European institution. This view of Rosenberg was also lauded by Julius Evola in his book “Revolt Against the Modern World“:
“Rosenberg was also right to criticize Wirth’s association concerning the Northern-Atlantic cycle, of the solar cult with the cult of the Mother, which consistently presents cthonic (of or having to do with the underworld) and lunar, rather than solar characteristics.”
However, Evola’s examples of this “cult of the Mother” are all taken from the Semitic and Mediterranean world (Babylon, Egypt, and Greece), and would have therefore taken on a much different form than what was found in Northern Europe. There also seems to be an ignorance that the true object of worship among these ancient “Germanic Aryans” was not the matrons or even Frya, but the SOLAR deity, Ra the Elder or WRALDA.
Russian political analyst, strategist and philosopher Alexander Dugin wrote of Wirth and this ancient Germanic religion in the foreword to “Signs of the Great North: The Hyperborean Theory”:
“After all, paganism was a perversion of the ancient proto-monotheism which came along with patriarchal usurpation. The Aryan ancestors never recognized the existence of separate, individualized deities. They worshipped the One World imbued with the presence of the One God whose signs of manifestation changed, unfolding in time and space, but while remaining essentially the same, the Self. Paganism arose out of the crisis of the primordial Nordic matriarchy.“
Perhaps one of the more troubling aspects for NSDAP leaders like Rosenberg, may have been the strong similarities between the “monotheism” of the Fryan “religion” and that of Judaeo-Christianity. The typical stance among thinkers like Rosenberg was that Christianity was ultimately the product of Judaism, and that as such, was completely alien to European man.
However, if The Oera Linda Book was taken as true, then a much more complicated history comes down in which it would appear that much of the core principles of Judaism and later Christianity- with it’s belief in one supreme deity; it’s disdain for idol worship, superstition and low magick (witchcraft/sorcery); and belief in a form of “humanitarianism” (and in the case of Judaism, strict ethno-separatism)- was in fact, the product of the White European folk, rather than something completely alien that was imposed upon it.
And although it is well-established that Christianity as an external religion was “assimilated” into European culture through its adoption of pagan sites, holy days, and even deities as saints; this does not explain why the very non-pagan values of Christianity were so readily adopted by the European peoples- unless they were already there in some form.
Indeed, if the history presented in The Oera Linda Book is true, then the religion of the seafaring Fryans made its way into the Middle East, where it was then amalgamated with the local Semitic cultural practices and deities, then repackaged and brought back into Europe in the following centuries.
Through the seafaring Fryans and their wanderings of trade and adventure, WRA-ELDA would have journeyed through Egypt and the Levant where his name shortened to Ra among the Egyptians and El among the Phoenicians (The Oera Linda Book specifically speaks of an exiled Fryan Sea King founding the city of Tyre and what became the renowned Pheonician maritime civilization). Some scholars and researchers suggest that it was the Phoenician El that was the god of Genesis, Enoch and the New Testament, but was replaced by the lower entity YHVH or Yahweh. YHVH being a ruling archetype/archon of the forces of physical matter, while (WRA)EL(DA) represented the higher levels of spirit.
Similarly- and probably just as controversial for much of the NSDAP leadership- this history also suggests that the Nordic/Germanic paganism often touted as a “native” European spirituality, was not. But rather it too, was an Asiatic import that was brought into Europe and was made “European” through the adoption of it by the European folk who would have infused their own values, customs, and local legends into it- just as they would do Christianity.
However, if we look at the laws and values of Fryan society, of which I have provided only a small sample, we see a blend of both the masculine warrior ethos preserved in the European pagan and mythological traditions and the compassionate humanitarianism expressed in European Christianity.
In my view, this is THE perennial European spiritual philosophy as it embodies a marriage of the Feminine and Masculine polarities of the European folk psyche. This later would become lopsided and unbalanced in various ways as foreign “re-packagings” were brought in.
WODIN AND “THE NAZIS”
“Mountains, bow your heads; clouds and streams weep. Yes, Skenland blushes. Slave nations trample on your cloak. O, Frya!”
Norse/Germanic mythology was central to the NSDAP leadership in their effort to solidify a “folk culture” that the dejected and disjointed German people could unite around. One obvious example of this is the use of Runes and runic symbols throughout NSDAP German art and propaganda.
Wotan/Odin; god of wisdom, magick, poetry, war, and death, was a very important figure and archetype to many within the NSDAP. In his book, “The Myth of the Twentieth Century”, Alfred Rosenberg stated the following:
“One form of Odin is dead, that is, the Odin who was the highest of the many gods who appeared as the embodiment of a generation still given up to natural symbolisms. But Odin as the eternal mirrored image of the primal spiritual powers of Nordic man lives today just as he did over 5,000 years ago.”
Renowned Swiss psychotherapist Carl Jung famously regarded NSDAP leader Adolf Hitler himself as a “personification” of the Wotan/Odin archetype, which in turn, was taken up by NSDAP Germany as a whole:
“When, for instance, the belief in the God Wotan vanished and nobody thought of him anymore, the phenomenon originally called Wotan remained; nothing changed but its name, as National Socialism has demonstrated on a grand scale. A collective movement consists of millions of individuals, each of whom shows the symptoms of Wotanism and proves thereby that Wotan in reality never died, but has retained his original vitality and autonomy. Our consciousness only imagines that it has lost its Gods; in reality they are still there and it only needs a certain general condition in order to bring them back in full force.”
Wotan/Wodin in traditional Germanic mythology was a god of poetry, battle, and the underworld who brought good fortune in battle, but is ultimately a “sinister” figure that condemns his followers to defeat and death and is accompanied by scavengers of the battlefield. Before they were reinterpreted as Rubenesque maidens in armor in Wagnerian opera, Wotan’s Valkyries would have been much more akin to scavenging “vulture women” of the battlefield.
The characterization of Wodin as a figure that brings destruction to his people due to his own ego and folly may in fact, have its roots in historical events- events described in The Oera Linda Book.
WODIN IN THE OERA LINDA BOOK
One of the recurring themes in The Oera Linda Book was the tendency of less-advanced “slave peoples” to deify the Fryans- a practice known as “apotheosis”. In the text, the Fryans are depicted as an advanced civilization with Iron Age technology when the rest of the world is in the Bronze Age (and some peoples are even in the Stone Age), who upon coming into contact with and assisting other less-advanced peoples, are often deified (typically post-mortem) and become the founders and gods of that people’s civilization- thus proving the theory of Euhemerus to be fairly accurate.
The Fryans were also depicted as being on average quite large in stature (there are both men and women described as being seven-feet tall!). This stature would have caused them to be seen as giants, and may account for the legends of fair-skinned gods and giants told in ancient myths across the world.
These very well could have been the “Sons of God” that bore children with the “daughters of men“ in Genesis, and thus earning exile from their home within Fryan territory, as described in mytho-poetic fashion in the Book of Enoch.
One of these deified Fryans was a young warrior king (essentially an army general) named “Wodin”.
Wodin’s story begins with a group of people coming out of Asia into central and northern Europe. The Oera Linda Book refers to these as people from “Finda’s Race”. In the text, “Finda” is the name of the second daughter of WRA-ALDA who gave birth to the Asiatic races who seem to be particularly antagonistic towards the Fryans. The Oera Linda Book goes on to describe this particular group that came and settled into Finland and eastern Scandinavia (Skenland) a century after the sinking of Atland:
“They were not wild people like many of Finda’s race; but they were like the Egiptalandar (Egyptians), they have priests like them and in their churches they also have statues.
The Priests are the only masters; they call themselves Magyarar, and their headman is known as Magi. He is high priest and king in one. The rest of the people are of no account, and under their rule. These people do not even have a name but we call them Finna because although their festivals are all melancholic and bloody, they are so formal that we are inferior to them in that respect. They are not to be envied though, because they are slaves to their priests, and much more to their creeds. They believe that evil spirits are everywhere and enter into people and animals, but of WRALDA’S Spirit they know nothing. They have stone weapons, the Magyar of copper….
When they were well settled, the Magyarar sought our friendship, they praised our language and customs, our cattle and iron weapons, which they wanted to barter for their gold and silver ornaments, and they always kept their people within their own boundaries, but that lulled our watchfulness.”
In mainline European history, it is taught that a tribe of peoples known as the “Magyar”, originated out of the Tarim Basin in northwest China, later settled in the Russian Ural Mountains and ultimately made their way into central Europe and became the primary ethnic stock of the Hungarian people. Their language and genetics were of the Finno-Urgic group, rather than the Indo-European. While it is typically the 9th century AD that is cited as the Magyars settling of Hungary, it is not hard to imagine that these nomadic people could have very well had contact with Europe long before.
We also see the historical Finns of Finland emerging from this same language group, as well as the Sami peoples of Scandinavia. The Sami in particular can tend to have somewhat Asiatic features and practice Shamanism, which was commonplace throughout northeastern Europe and throughout northern Asia. Shamanism becomes very important when looking at and understanding Wodin’s origins as a deity.
The Oera Linda Book goes on to describe the events that took place eighty years after the Magyarar/Finna settled into Scandanavia:
“… they unexpectedly overran our lands like snow driven by a storm wind. Those who could not flee were killed. Frya was called upon, but the Skenlandar (Fryans who lived in Scandanavia) had neglected her advice (they had allowed races of Finda’s people to live amongst them). Then all forces joined, and three hours from Godashisburch (possibly Gothenburg in Sweden) they were withstood, but war continued.
It is here that Wodin and his cousins Tunis and Inka (a sea king and a rear-admiral respectively), were placed in command of the Fryan forces and soundly defeated the invading forces:
“Frya was their war-cry, and they drove back the Finns and Magyarar as if they were children.”
However, the Magy or Magi; the leader of the invading forces had another trick up his sleeve:
“When the Magy heard how his men were all being slain, he sent a delegation with a truncheon (a scepter) and crown. They said to Wodin:
‘O greatest of kings, we are guilty, but all we have done was done from necessity. You think that we took on your brothers willingly, but we were driven out by our enemies, who are still at our heels…
You are the greatest military king on earth; your people are of iron. Become our king, and we shall willingly become your slaves. What glory it would be for you if you could drive back the savages! Our trumpets would resound with it, and our praises would precede you everywhere.’”
The crafty Magi appealed to the young warrior’s pride and ego, and proceeded to manipulate him accordingly. Wodin accepted the Magi’s coronation, making him a king twice over. However, the Asiatic invaders had the sort of absolute and hereditary succession form of kingship we are accustomed to, as opposed to the electoral model with strict limitations that was instituted by the Fryans.
Wodin soundly defeated the Magi’s enemies and was given the Magi’s daughter as a wife in return. The text describes how Wodin and his ego fully came under the thrall of the Magi only to eventually disappear from history:
“When Wodin returned, the Magi gave him his daughter to wife. Thereupon he was smoked with herbs, but they were magic herbs because he gradually became so audacious that he disavowed and ridiculed the spirits of Frya and WRALDA whilst bending his free head before the false monstrous statues. His reign lasted seven years, and then he disappeared. The Magi said that he was taken up by their gods and that he reigned from there over them, but our people laughed at what they said.
When Wodin had been gone for some time, disputes arose. We wished to choose another king, but the Magi would not allow it. He claimed it was his right given him by his idols. Over and above this dispute there was one between the Magyarar and Finna, who would honor neither Frya nor Wodin; but the Magi did just as he pleased, because his daughter had a son by Wodin, and he would have it that his son was of high descent.
While all were squabbling and arguing, he crowned the boy as king, and set himself as guardian and counselor.”
It is told in The Oera Linda Book that it was due to Wodin’s actions in particular, that caused the Eurasian invaders gained a strong presence and influence over the people and culture of northern Europe- particularly Scandanavia:
“Through Wodin’s foolishness and irresponsibility, Magy had become master of Skenland’s eastern part.”
This would eventually lead to a reshaping of western European culture as it responded to and assimilated Asiatic shamanism and the people that brought it- much as it would with Christianity a few thousand years later:
“The Finn women had children. These grew up with our Fryan children. Sometimes they played and gambolled together in the fields, or else they were together by the hearth. There they heard with delight the wicked tales of the Finns because they were bad and new. So they became alienated despite the efforts of their parents…
The leading men and their sturdy sons crawled to the unchaste Finnish girls; and their own daughters, led astray by this vile example, allowed themselves to be charmed by the handsome Finnish lads to the ridicule of their degenerated parents. When the Magi got sniff of this he took the most attractive of his Finns and Magyarar and promised them golden horns to let them be taken in (employed) by our people to spread his doctrines. His people did even more. Children disappeared, were taken away to Uppsala, and after they had been brought up in his filthy doctrines, were sent back.
When these pretended laborers had mastered our language, they got the dukes and the elite on board and convinced them that they should become subject to the Magi- then their sons would succeed them without having to be elected.”
What we see here is the beginning of what is typically described as “pre-Christian” Norse/Germanic culture with its hereditary royalty and stories of “bad spirits, witches, sorcerers, dwarfs, and elves, as if they descended from the Finns.”
One rather puzzling component of the story of Wodin in The Oera Linda Book is Wodin’s “disappearance”. In Snorri Sturluson’s “Ynglinga Saga“, Odin/Wodin becomes demoted from his post as “king of the gods” and becomes a wandering sorcerer. This incarnation of Odin resembles the Finnish sorcerer and demigod, Väinämöinen.
It is also the mythology of Väinämöinen that the oral mytho-poetic history known as the Bock Saga claims its lineage. This saga also speaks of a Frya, or “Freya” as being the mother of ALL humans, but she did not give birth to humanity asexually, but rather had a twin brother/consort known as “Frey“, whom created the human race in a spiritual-alchemical union; themselves being more or less spiritual entities. Their children, the first people, according to Bock, lived in what became known as “Eden” in a paradisaical, yet strict hierarchical breeding system. This becomes interesting when we look at the DNA studies coming out showing most European men descending from a handful of Bronze Age forefathers.
Shamanic rites of ecstatic initiation would have been an established part of not only the Finna and Magyarar peoples (which may themselves have been “catch-all” terms used to describe multiple Eastern European/Asiatic tribes), but were also well known among the Thracian, Dacian, and Scythian peoples of the European northeastern “frontier” and the Eurasian Steppes.
If we apply the narrative given by The Oera Linda Book, we could see these as perhaps descendants of previously enslaved or exiled Fryans who perhaps took Asiatic wives/husbands, bringing dark hair and eyes into Europe- much to the dismay of the writers of that text. These people would have been racially nearly identical to the ancient Fryans, but culturally, they would have been quite different.
It is perhaps these were Fryans who had lost their roots after the Flood disaster, forgetting their original origin mythos, and adopting the Shamanic customs of their Asiatic neighbors that go naturally with the nomadic to semi-nomadic wilderness lifestyle. The disaster not only caused flooding but also massive earthquakes, eruptions and fires according to ancient records meticulously documented by Raubenheimer. There is no doubt that this would have been a post-apocalyptic scenario where only the strong survived, and hence, that mentality became reflected in myth and custom.
These were now people shaped by the Eurasian plains and forests; the lands of the shaman priest kings and the birthplace of the Orphic Rites and other pagan (and according to the Fryans “monstrous”) Mystery Cults and Initiations of life, death, and rebirth.
One common theme of these priest-king initiations and the myths that surrounded them after they were dead and deified (which was customary among these peoples), was the king/savior god that was hung from a tree in a form of sacrifice. Indeed, this tradition was a likely origin of both the story of Odin hanging himself from Yggdrasil and the Crucifixion of Christ Jesus.
Being crowned king of these peoples, Wodin would have no doubt been initiated into these mysteries, and perhaps disappeared as a result of a personal spiritual exodus- or he consumed too much of whatever one of numerous hallucinogenic (and often potentially deadly) plant concoctions used for one of these rites to stimulate a sort of visionary or “near-death” experience. In other words, he may have died, but not resurrected.
As an aside, and while this is quite speculative, perhaps the “Väinä” in Väinämöinen, which in Finnish means “stream pool”, could also be a reference to the characters “Vaina” or “Vanir” origins; perhaps as a reference to being a people of the waters.
THE AESIR/VANIR WAR
Norse myth is somewhat unique among mythological canons as it has two simultaneously ruling groups of deities: The Aesir and the Vanir. The Aesir gods were typically understood to be “martial” gods of war, conflict and heroic adventure. These are typically seen as the “more important” gods among the warlike vikings. The gods within the Aesir ranks include Odin, Frigga, Thor, Heimdall, Tyr, and Baldur. These are the gods of the famed Asgard.
The Vanir gods on the other hand, are typically associated with nature and fertility and reside in the lesser-known realm of “Vanaheim”. Mainstream scholars tend to believe that these Vanir gods were in fact gods of an older time before they were supplanted by the Aesir. While most of these deities remain unnamed in the mythological records, two were very important and ultimately became “citizens” of Asgard. These would be the brother/sister Vanir gods, Freyr and Freya.
Norse myth describes how the Aesir and the Vanir coexisted and seemed to “share” power. But trouble began when the Aesir became fond of the goddess Freya and her magickal abilities, which she would use on the Aesir’s behalf. However, they used her magick to the point where it became a corrupting influence on them and caused them to become less honorable and virtuous among themselves. Naturally, they blamed this internal corrupting on Freya, kidnapping her and attempting to three times burn her alive (and three times she rose again from the ashes).
This started a great war between the Vanir and Aesir gods which lasted for quite some time, until eventually the two sides grew weary of fighting. As was traditional Norse/Germanic custom, two hostages were exchanged from each side as a form of truce. Hoenir and Mimir were taken by the Vanir, and Freya and her brother Freyr went to live amongst the Aesir.
However, like most myths, this story is rooted in historical persons and events.
In a lecture on Norse/Germanic myth and lore, renowned author, lecturer, and speaker Manly P. Hall stated the following:
“The Nordic mythology probably originated in Asia, and was brought to the Scandinavian area by a Scythian prince called Sigge. This migration which included a long trek across Europe, was accomplished sometime probably one to five centuries before the Christian era… dates are unobtainable. After he had established himself at Uppsala, this Prince Sigge, formed a sacred college or school, and was eventually transformed by legend or lore to the figure of Odin.”
In searching various historical and genealogical records one might find record of a man known as Prince Sigge Odin Frithuwaldsson or Fridulfson. Some records state this man was born in Aasgaard, Norway in the year 205 CE and died 45 years later in Uppsala, Sweden. Meanwhile, other records show a “King Odin” of Scandinavia having lived a few centuries prior. The following is an excerpt from an 1879 genealogy compiled by Albert Welles entitled “The Pedigree and History of the Washington Family“:
“Odin (first King of Scandinavia, 70 B.C.) came from Asaland or Asaheim, east of Tanais. He endeared himself to the Asiatic subjects, successful in every combat. Son of Fridulf, supreme ruler of the Scythians, in Asaland or Asaheim, Turkestand, between the Euxine and Caspian Seas in Asia He reigned at Asgard, whence he removed 70 B.C., and became the first king of Scandinavia. Died 50 B.C., and was succeeded by Sons who ruled in different parts of Scandinavia….”
The genealogies of Saxon kings were typically traced back to a man named “Woden”, much in a similar manner that Danish and Scandinavian kings traced their heritage back to “King Odin“. The reality of this is disputed and confusing at best. In The Oera Linda Book, we do find that the original King Wodin had a son, and thus “Wodin/Odin” may have been a name that was passed down to more than one ruler. But there are certain characteristics, such as extreme prowess on the battlefield and a tendency to go on long journeys or “disappear”, that seem to be constants.
According to Snorri Sturluson in his translation of the Norse/Icelandic sagas, the Vanir and Aesir gods of myth were in fact based off historical groups of people. Sturluson at one point states that the Aesir were said to have originally come from a place called “Tyrkland” (Turkey; Aesir perhaps was a word for “Asian”), settled around the Black Sea and then migrated to/invaded northern and central Europe .
In “The Ynglinga Saga“, which was the story of the origins of the Swedish royal family, Sturluson describes the historical Aesir:
“The country east of the Tanaquisl in Asia was called Asaland, or Asaheim, and the chief city in that land was called Asgaard. In that city was a chief called Odin, and it was a great place for sacrifice. It was the custom there that twelve temple priests should both direct the sacrifices, and also judge the people. They were called Diar, or Drotner, and all the people served and obeyed them. Odin was a great and very far-travelled warrior, who conquered many kingdoms, and so successful was he that in every battle the victory was on his side. It was the belief of his people that victory belonged to him in every battle. It was his custom when he sent his men into battle, or on any expedition, that he first laid his hand upon their heads, and called down a blessing upon them; and then they believed their undertaking would be successful. His people also were accustomed, whenever they fell into danger by land or sea, to call upon his name; and they thought that always they got comfort and aid by it, for where he was they thought help was near.”
Eventually the Aesir came into conflict with the Vanir people, described by Sturluson as living west of the River Don (see map>).
In The Oera Linda Book, we have Wodin/Odin as being a “Vanir” who became king of the “Aesir”, this is somewhat in contrast to the histories of Sturluson. However, we would do well to understand the fairly dubious manner in which most of the history prior to the 1600s was written across Europe- by Vatican-commissioned monks or others associated with the Church. And there is little doubt in my mind that there was a concerted effort by those who took control of Europe to erase the Fryan civilization from history- a concern expressed at the beginning of the text:
“For the sake of our dear forefathers… never let the eye of a monk glance over these writings. They speak sweet words but they secretly tamper with everything that relates to us Frisians.”
In his book “The Triumph of the Sea Gods: The War against the Goddess Hidden in Homer’s Tales”, author and researcher Steven Sora describes the events of Sturluson’s Aesir/Vanir war:
“In general, the Vanir are decidedly the older goddess-worshiping peoples and the Aesir are the patriarchal invaders.
The Vanir were farmers and seafarers, made wealthy in trade. When a priestess of the Vanir was kidnapped and tortured by the Aesir, the two sides went to war. According to the lengthy epic poem, the status of just whose gods were most important was the true reason for battle. The Aesir, led by Odin, had a huge army but the Vanir were better prepared to resist invasion. The Aesir suffered the most defeats but both sides were exhausted by the vicious combat. A truce ended the war.”
The Oera Linda Book describes the ancient Fryans as farmers and seafarers who were an advanced and sophisticated society who possessed Iron Age technology in the Bronze Age. They could also be said to be “goddess worshipers”, who venerated the “Earth Mother” Frya, as well as “Irtha”- Mother Earth herself. However, officially, the Fryans only truly worshiped one deity- WRA-ALDA, the Divine One that created all things.
In The Oera Linda Book we also have an account of the Fryan Folk Mother (the chief high priestess) Frana being abducted by eastern Euro-Asiatic led by “the Magy”- a priest king from central Asia. The Magy has her abducted and taken aboard his ship where he proceeded to proclaim his intention of becoming “master of all the lands and people of Frya” and demanded that she proclaim this would indeed come to pass (Frana was a clairvoyant), or he would “let her suffer an agonizing death”. But Frana instead gave the following prophecy:
“At the time Aldland sank, the first spoke of the Yule stood at the top. Then it went down, and our freedom with it. When two spokes, or two thousand years, shall have passed, the sons shall arise who have been bred of the fornication of the rulers and priests with the people, and shall witness against their fathers.
They shall all succumb to murder, but what they have proclaimed shall endure and become fruitful in the bosoms of bold men, like good seed which is laid in your lap. The spoke shall descend for a further thousand years, and sink deeper in darkness and in the blood shed over you by the wickedness of the rulers and priests. After that, the dawn shall begin to glow.
Seeing this, the false rulers and priests will all together strive and wrestle against freedom, but freedom, love and unity will take the people under their protection, and will rise with the Yule out of the vile pool. Justice, which at first only glimmered, shall then become a flame… All the disgraceful histories that were contrived in praise of the rulers and priests shall be offered to the flame. Thenceforth, your children shall live in peace.”
The Magy was upset by what he essentially saw as a non-answer and chastised the weakened Folk Mother. Frana then sat up and stared at him, stating, “Before seven days have passed your soul shall haunt the tombs with the night-birds ad your body shall lie at the bottom of the sea.”
The Magy then had Frana thrown overboard to her presumed demise as The Oera Linda Book laments:
“This was the end of the last of the Mothers. We shall never call for revenge. Time will provide that; nit a thousand times a thousand we will call with Frya, ‘Watch! Watch! Watch!’”
In the 1950s, Lithuanian-American archaeologist Marija Gimbutas put forth a theory known as the “Kurgan hypothesis“, which postulated that people of a “kurgan” (burial mound) culture from the Pontic-Caspian (highlighted on map below in pink) steppe were the originators of what became known as Proto-Indo-European language.
Gimbutas believed that the expansions of the Kurgan culture were a series of military incursions where a new warrior culture imposed itself on the peaceful, matrilinear (hereditary through the female line), “matrifocal”, though egalitarian cultures of “Old Europe“, replacing it with a patriarchal warrior society, a process visible in the appearance of fortified settlements and hillforts and the graves of warrior-chieftains. Gimbutas stated of this transformation:
“The process of Indo-Europeanization was a cultural, not a physical, transformation. It must be understood as a military victory in terms of successfully imposing a new administrative system, language, and religion upon the indigenous groups.”
Later on, Gimbutas began to emphasize the authoritarian nature of this transition from the egalitarian process of the “nature/Mother Goddess to a patriarchal society and the worship of the patristic / father / sun / weather God (Zeus, Dyaus, Odin, Thor).
However, this current of thought was taken beyond an “agricultural vs. nomadic” society dialectic and used to fuel theories of feminist spirituality and feminist archaeology in the 1970s. These ultimately political movements tended to seek historical evidence of an egalitarian matriarchal society that had no hierarchy and was the embodiment of a feminist utopia. However, Gimbutas’ opinion was that the matriarchal society would have functioned in a similar hierarchical manner as a patriarchal society, rather than the utopian vision of 2nd wave feminism, and received criticism from these movements as a result.
Gimbutas’ view of an “Old European matriarchy” was certainly closer to the reality presented in The Oera Linda Book, however it was a matriarchal society that primarily worshiped a Solar/Light deity typically referred to with masculine pronouns. They essentially worshiped the Highest forces, which are rather non-dual, as opposed to the lower archetypes and forms that tend to come with a greater pre-packaged dualism.
The Oera Linda Book describes the ancient Fryans as farmers and seafarers who were an advanced and sophisticated society who possessed Iron Age technology in the Bronze Age. They could also be said to be “goddess worshipers”, who venerated the “Earth Mother” Frya, as well as “Irtha”- Mother Earth herself. However, officially, the Fryans only truly worshiped one deity- WRA-ALDA, the Divine ONE through whom all things come into existence.
FALL OF THE FRYANS
The Oera Linda Book describes how the ancient Fryan civilization eventually decayed and disappeared due to external and internal factors; overrun by a combination of successive migrations and invasions of Asiatic peoples led by priest-kings from the Asiatic steppes and the Levant; and taken down internally by infighting and rebellion.
The Fryans struggled to recover their former glory that existed before the Flood, and with Wodin’s betrayal and the establishment of Tyre and the Phoenician trading empire by his cousin Tunis, they never would. This opened them up to invasion and infiltration.
The desire of the later Fryans would be to forsake the institution of Folk Mothers and Matrons as guiding figures in favor of men who would protect them, ultimately establishing the institute of hereditary monarchy:
“For a long time we have had no mother, but that comes from our being come of age. At present it suits us best to have a king to win back our lands that we have lost through the imprudence of our mothers.”
These new kings swore to protect the people from the seemingly unending threat of invaders from the East as well as within Europe itself, while promising to win back lost lands and restore lost greatness. However, these kings by and large succumbed to power and corruption, causing further degeneration and hardship to their society.
Descendants of exiled Fryans came back into western Europe from the Punjab, the Aegean and the Middle East, brought with them corrupting “foreign morals and customs”. The customs and values of the Fryans eventually deteriorated, as did the Fryan civilization.
The Fryans eventually gave in more and more to taking up the trade of piracy and began to take slaves, thus “The Viking Age” was born:
“After that Askar (King Adel IV) had become so connected with the Jutlanders (Jutes) and the Denmarkers (Danes), they all went pirating together; but it produced no good to them. They brought all sorts of foreign treasures home, and just for that reason the young men would learn no trades, nor work in the fields; so at last he was obliged to take slaves; but that was altogether contrary to WRALDA’S wish and to Frya’s counsel.”
The taking of slaves was absolutely forbidden by the old Fryan law given by Frya; the law that valued freedom as the greatest virtue of all. According to the text, it was ultimately their partaking of “the peculiar institution” that led to the karmic and civilizational decline of the ancient western Europeans:
“Frya has said we must not allow amongst us any but free people; but what have they done? They imitated our enemies and instead of executing their prisoners or letting them go free, they have despised Frya’s advice and have made slaves of them. Because they have done so, Frya could no longer protect them: they took freedom away from others and that is certainly why they lost theirs.”
The Oera Linda Book ends with the defeat of the disgraced hereditary King Askar and the fall of Europe to Eurasian pagans:
“While all this was going on, the Magyars went about audaciously over the lands of our neigbours. Near Egmuda, where formerly the burgh Forana had stood, they built a church larger and richer than that which Askar had built at Staveren. They said afterwards that Askar had lost a battle against the Gauls, because the people did not believe that Wodin could help them, and therefore they would not pray to him. They went about stealing young children, whom they kept and brought up in the mysteries of their abominable doctrines.”
Sadly, there are no other known documents (to the general public at least) coming from the Old Europeans/Fryans directly. The subsequent catastrophes that befell these peoples destroyed whatever.
Culturally marginalized through numerous waves of migration out of Eurasia and later by the power and influence of Rome, the Fryans became the Frisians, and were eventually absorbed into Rome through the Church. It was during this time that Liko ovira Linda, ancestor of Cornelius Over de Linden, wrote the following in 803 AD:
For the sake of our dear forefathers, and for the sake of our dear freedom, I beg you a thousand times. Oh beloved, never let the eye of a monk glance over these writings. They speak sweet words, but they secretly tamper with everything that relates to us Frisians.
To gain rich endowments they conspire with puppet kings. These know that we are their greatest enemies because we speak to their people of liberty, rights, and the duties of rulers. Therefore they seek to destroy all that we derive from our forefathers, and all that is left of our old customs.
Oh Beloved, I have been in their courts. If Wralda wills it and does not strengthen us, they will altogether exterminate us.”
MEMORY OF THE FOLK SOUL
I believe that the processes of history, both “good” and “bad” are necessary for the evolution of the individual, the folk and humanity as a whole. The Fryans needed to fall as an act of initiation. And while there was much suffering and deracination as a result of this, we still have been able to keep our core virtues alive and in tact (even if somewhat dispersed)– which means they can be recovered.
Despite being ancient “imports”, the tradition of Indo-European shamanism and the myths and legends of the Norse/Germanic/Slavic gods and heroes, as well as those of the Celts and the Greeks, are part of us. They are part of our makeup and group identity regardless of how that initially came to be.
The same statement rings true for European Christianity in its various forms. Without its ideological/philosophical groundings and cultural influence, the European peoples would not have come to be who and what they are- for better and for worse.
Both the Eurasian pagan traditions and the Semitic Christian traditions preserved and in the case of Christianity, reintroduced, certain elements of the European folk psyche, while attacking others. They became carriers for is the Masculine and Feminine aspects of the collective European consciousness respectively.
Christianity emerged during the most brutal and harsh period of European pagan dominance- the time of the Roman Colosseum and the Druidic Wicker Man. With Christianity, there was a re-injection of the virtues of compassion and charity that had been touted by the ancient Fryans- virtues that had largely been overcome by the relative harshness of the pagan warrior ethos. This of course, was a reemergence of the Divine Feminine virtues of the European Folk Consciousness.
However, the fanaticism and other imbalances of Catholicism and later Protestantism, led to a large-scale degeneration of the true European Masculine and its warrior ethos. Hence, it became things like the works of Homer and The Eddas that acted to preserve this element of the European Spirit that might have otherwise been completely castrated by Christianity.
But in their implementation and practice, both European paganism and European Christianity became tools of political and social control by priest classes and the rulers they influenced. Both were ultimately imbalanced and inherently incomplete versions of the perennial European spiritual tradition of the Fryans.
The Fryan tradition was a potent and powerful synthesis of both Masculine and Feminine aspects of our folk consciousness. These perennial virtues lie at the heart of who we are as a people, which is why they will always come out in some shape or form regardless of whatever system we adopt or have imposed upon us. This is perhaps most powerfully and beautifully illustrated in the following passage from Frya’s Tex:
“Should it happen they want advice or something else from you, you should help them. If they come to rob you, though, then fall upon them like a raging fire.”
This is who we are; and it is these perennial truths and virtues that The Oera Linda Book contains and that ultimately allows it to transcend any debate on whether or not it is “real“.
WRA-ALDA’S Blessings unto you and yours.