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A book too shocking for its time: ‘Matilda’ by Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley is known primarily for writing Frankenstein. Many even believe it was the only book she wrote. But she created a number of other works; including historical novels, travel diaries, poetry, biographies and political books. In this post, I’d like to focus on one of her novellas: Matilda. Written under a particularly tough timeFortsätt läsa ”A book too shocking for its time: ‘Matilda’ by Mary Shelley”

Polytheist Deities in Stockholm (Part 2)

Seen at the Nationalmuseum But my personal favourite is this sculpture of Hermaphroditos, Deity of intersex and gender-variant people:

Polytheist Deities in Stockholm (Part 1)

Spotted at Medelhavsmuseet (The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities)

Book recommendation: ‘The Way of the Gods: Polytheism(s) around the World’ by Edward P. Butler

There is this widespread idea in the West that Polytheism is dead. Not only that, but that it was inferior and less intellectually complex than Monotheism (which is in turn often seen as inferior to materialistic atheism, which is seen as the pinnacle of human wisdom and understanding). But Polytheism is far from dead. DespiteFortsätt läsa ”Book recommendation: ‘The Way of the Gods: Polytheism(s) around the World’ by Edward P. Butler”

Spirit Marriage: What it is

Marriage has looked in many different ways throughout cultures and history. It has been between people of the same or another gender, between two people or more, consensual or forced, for love or pragmatic or even political reasons. People have married objects, monuments, and holograms. And in France, you can even be allowed, under certainFortsätt läsa ”Spirit Marriage: What it is”

It’s a cold, cold winter

We’ve had a crazy amount of snow in the past week, which is odd. This time of year is usually marked by the beginning of spring but we’re now having more snow that we’ve had all winter. It’s also pretty cold, with – 14 C° (6.8 F°) just the other day. When spring nears, itFortsätt läsa ”It’s a cold, cold winter”

Some recent and fascinating Norse archaeological finds

There have been some very interesting archaeological finds related to the Norse faith recently. One of them is this golden disc found during an excavation in Denmark: This one is particularly important as it has the oldest known runic inscription mentioning Odin. The runes state: ”He is Odin’s man”, likely referencing a ruler of someFortsätt läsa ”Some recent and fascinating Norse archaeological finds”

Sky traveler

Today I saw a seagull shitting on a king. How regal she looked, So unbothered,As she shat on his copper head,His mug turned green by time. How little use our honoured titles are for one who can travel the skies.

World’s oldest known runestone found in Norway

Fascinating news from Norway: Archeologist say they have found the oldest known runestone! Found during the excavation of a grave in Tyrifjorden, west of Oslo, the stone has several inscriptions. Not all make linguistic sense but one on the front reads ”idiberug”, which could be the name of a person or family. The archaeologists estimateFortsätt läsa ”World’s oldest known runestone found in Norway”

What is the oldest known depiction of Thor?

Januari is a month when many Heathens pay extra tribute to Thor. In pre-Christian Northern Europe, mid-january would be the traditional time for Yule and blóts were often held in honour of the Deities of the season, among which is Thor. The Yuletide often ended with a feast and a blót to Him. And sinceFortsätt läsa ”What is the oldest known depiction of Thor?”