Ancestor veneration is THE backbone of Heathenism, and a way to this path is through Tribalism.

“For those who raise the bowl in offering and veneration of the Old Gods, there is a glimmer of their connection to the past. Much of the personal practice of Heathenry {and its kindred gatherings} is based around this key concept for those who identify with Asatru,and the revival of the traditional Norse pagan religion. It is the attendance to and memory of ancestors, the veneration of them just as the Gods; both of which can be traced back in a familial lineage. As Thor, Freya, and Odin are mentioned, faces around the campfire[no matter where on the planet the faces hail from] can envision what those names meant to their Indo-European peoples deep in the past. The power of thunder. The perseverance in battle. The strength of conviction.

Yet it is not those elements that most of those with quick glances see when they notice a small silver Mojinir around a believer’s neck. [Unfortunately]Today’s Asatru is one of the most divided areas of the new pagan groundswell that is happening world wide. This is not simply because of its origins, or the warrior ethic present in its primary source materials of times long past: the Eddas and Sagas.

It is the clear association between Heathenry and an openly racialist subculture, one that has taken on Norse myth and symbols as a primary form of identification. Hundreds of neo-Nazi and white nationalist bands and magazines take their names from the Northern Tradition.

[to some called right-wing]

But what is it about Asatru that creates a trajectory towards the exclusionary “folkish” interpretation? Is Asatru today possible of having distinctly multiracial interpretations?”


I say indeed, with a resounding YES! -I believe it is very possible to be participating in a Indo-Eurpoean spiritual practice that puts the focus on our Ancestral worship WITHOUT racist overtones or exclusion; and the answer lies, I feel, by being truly Community Driven; both locally and globally.

I shared above the opening words from the blog-site “Gods and Radicals” with some of my own embellishments; and I suggest everyone read the original blog entry as written! My post today ties in with my last one, and It’s purpose is for all of those Heathens out there, like me, whom aren’t “universalist” yet we are not Racist; and since the word Folkish has too many negative connotations beyond the realm of taking back from the faction of extreme militant haters, we must agree on a what terms are acceptable and used to describe 21st century heathens..

~You might wish to do as I have, and begin the reclaiming of the title and concept of Inclusive Tribalism within Heathenry; which as we will see, actually gives those of us who value the authentic reclamation of Ancient Traditional Indigenous European Spiritual Heritages and Beliefs a way of sharing, INCLUSIVELY with anyone who seeks it; this ALMOST lost faith can survive.

And I mean survive in a way that isn’t/won’t make it 1) a faith unrecognizable to future generations AND anyone Oath Bound (by Word, Deed, or Blood) and 2) Inclusively Tribal, meaning all Heathens support All Heathens as a GLOBAL family of Norse Pagans!

So what does the term Inclusive Tribalism mean within Heathenry to me?

Uppsala Online states:

“The members of the middle faction of modern Asatru are called [Inclusive-my added term]Tribalist’s, and shun the errors of either extreme. The racism of Folkish practice is avoided as well as the “anything goes” motto of the Universalist. The answer the [Inclusive]Tribalists have to the question of “Who can practice Asatru?” is: “Anyone who makes a sufficient effort to understand and adopt the culture of the ancient heathens.

This gives Asatru rigorous enough standards to make sure our practice is like that of the ancients, and is well understood, for to fully adopt another culture [none of us in America are truly “Norse” bronze age culture; we are decedents of “Norse” people, but still are very much a part of our modern culture and county!] requires MUCH study. Additionally the gods first came to be known in the context of the ancient culture, so it stands to reason that they can only be truly understood in the terms of that culture. It also keeps us[Heathens] from the ludicrous, untenable argument that “other races” are somehow intellectually inferior to the Norse and Germanic that they cannot attain this understanding. After all, someone brought up in modern Western culture is quite likely, from childhood on, to have been inundated with images, stories, and ideas from that Western culture, thus including our [countries founding] religion. This would make anyone in our [21st century]culture, whatever the color of the skin, likely enough to have a way of thinking predominantly drawn to Asatru via [native] religious matters, and[are]much more ready to understand it, than some religion their ancestors happened to practice so long ago it isn’t a part of their lives anymore.”

The members of the middle faction of modern Asatru called [Inclusive]Tribalist’s, shun the errors of either extreme. The racism of Folkish practice is avoided as well as the “anything goes” motto of the Universalist.

So, you sick of all the time wasting fruitless in-fighting happening between the two big “extremist” factions of Heathenry? I welcome you to the Tredje Veien (Third Road) where one can find the path of heathenism that resonates with authenticity, and inclusiveness to those who wish to Oath themselves to our Gods and Norse cosmology!

~If you wanna join me and begin to learn the ways of a Inclusive Tribal heathen; here is a GREAT place to start:

1 Comment

  1. I enjoyed this read. Middle ground is important. At the risk of sounding pedantic, Midgard was built on it.

    Do with this as you will. I am a Folkish Heathen. I am a racialist. I was a universalist heathen in my youth. I might question the intellectual honesty of that movement, but I give them respectful distance.

    At this junction I presently believe the option, note option and not mandate, for voluntary seperation/amicable divorce of dissimilarly motivated individuals will alleviate a lot of hatred.

    For instance, I do not ‘hate’ other races. But I am angry that the fabric of my culture is being handled inappropriately by forces I cannot contend with. While angry, I recognize the autonomy of other races and respect their distance. What I object to is the perception of being told from the outside what I must do, believe and feel.

    I think a potential solution is for both Folkish and Universalist to agree to allow each camp to conduct their own affairs.

    That being said, if I were able to politically disentangle myself from things I’ve seen, I would love a day where Asatru were my only label.

    Anyways. Food for thought, offered without malice. Blessings and salutations. May the road rise to greet you and the wind be on your back.


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