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Dedicated to the lands and people of Northern Europe and their Ethnic Folk Faiths, with an emphasis on Germany.
Teutonia Eternal!

Taken from "Twilight of the Idols" (Götzen-Dämmerung oder Wie man mit dem Hammer philosophirt, 1889).

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"Die große Bedeutung des Magischen und in seinem Gefolge des christlichen Symbolschatzes im Bereich der in den Grabfunden überlieferten Sachkultur ist zwar in letzter Zeit mehr und mehr als erforschenswert anerkannt worden. Eine eingehendere Behandlung haben jedoch allein die mit dem Christentum zusammenhängenden Fragen erfahren. [...] Der archäologische Nachweis des Christentums bei den Alamannen war und ist aus verständlichen Gründen eines der vordringlichsten Ziele der Forschung." - Die Alamannen - Archäologie eines lebendigen Volkes Translation: "The great significance of the magical and, in its wake, of the Christian symbolic treasure in the area of material culture preserved in grave finds has recently been increasingly recognised as worthy of research. However, only the questions related to Christianity have been treated in greater detail. [...] The archaeological evidence of Christianity among the Alamans was and is, for understandable reasons, one of the most urgent goals of research." --------------------------------------------------- No, it shouldn't be the most urgent goal, and it's certainly no understandable reason why it should be. It does however raise questions as to the sincerity and intentions of the researchers. It also seems to imply that it's hard to find evidence for widespread christianization among the Alamans, while artifacts of pre-christian art and symbolism seem to get little to no attention at all. Just one more piece of evidence why we have to be careful which sources and who we trust.

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Contrary to what Hollywood, Netflix & Co. want you to believe, our ancestors were no cultureless, lice-ridden, dirty barbarians. Hair and beard care was very important to them, as was personal hygiene. Roman authors commented on the soft soap of the Germanic tribes. Beards were well-groomed, often partly shaved, a mustache was always part of the beard though. Many individuals, presumably of low social status, were clean shaved. Long full beards, like jewish Rabbis and orthodox Christian priests wear them, were rather uncommon among our Germanic ancestors.

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Alamanic combs found in male nobility graves at Untertürheim (above) and Niederstotzingen (below). They are products of the native art of comb-making, which flourished especially in eastern Alamannia in the 6th and early 7th centuries. During manufacture, attention was paid to the rich ornamentation and to the polychrome structure by means of different coloured decorative rivets. The lower comb is 25.5 cm wide. - Baden-Württemberg, Germany, 6th century C.E. @oakwhispers

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Inventory of a 3-year-old Alamanic girl's grave that was buried around the year 300 C.E. The items are depicted in original size. One of the 3 pairs of brooches is made of silver and decorated with gold cuffs. The armring is also made of silver. The rock crystal amulet and the toy bronce pan are of Roman origin. The spiral is made of iron. The bead necklace is glass and amber. - Gundelsheim, modern day Baden-Württemberg, Germany ca. 300 C.E. @oakwhispers

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La Roche-aux-Fées (The Fairies' Rock), an impressive neolithic gallery grave located in Brittany, France, is being endangered! Faced with the influx of visitors, a landscaping project was voted by officials of the area without consultation of the population nor environmental impact study. This project consists in the "enhancement" of the site through the felling of many old trees & existing bocage hedges. A car park is also planned. A group of lovers of the site was created in reaction. This collective put up an online petition denouncing the project & its impact on the megaliths & their surrounding, as well as the ambition to bring in more visitors while the site is already suffering from an overflow. The collective demands the cancellation of this project estimated at more than 1 million euros. Please consider signing this petition to help protecting this ancestral site. You just need to enter an e-mail address in the top field (the second one is for optional comments) & click on the ✏️ Je signe button.

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An Englishman may certainly love his England. But if he is a Christian, he must be feeling that Palestine, where his Lord was born, and preached, and died, is still more holy than England can ever be. If he would go on a religious pilgrimage, it would be to Jerusalem, outside England, not to any place in England. Savitri Devi

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"Muh, Europe has been Christian for almost 2000 years!" No, it was not. The common people were Christian on paper only, especially outside the cities. That's also why pagans are called "pagan" (from Latin Paganus > of or pertaining to the countryside, rural, rustic) and heathen (of the heath).

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"Wodan's horse also received offerings. [...] In Mecklenburg, according to a report from Rostock in the 16th century, a strip of grain was left unmown at the end of each field during the rye harvest, braided together with the ears and sprinkled with beer. The labourers then stepped around the grain bush, took off their hats, pointed their scythes aloft and called upon Wodan three times with the following words: Wode, now fetch fodder for your steed! Now thistle and thorn, Better grain for the next year! Even at the beginning of this century, in the area around Hagenow, a few stalks were left in a corner of the field so that "de Waur" could find fodder for his horse." -Paul Herrmann, German Mythology, 1898 (Image: Wilhelm Fritzel, Sommerabend auf dem Lande, ca. 1920) @oakwhispers

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"Auch Wodans Pferd erhielt Opfer. [...] In Mecklenburg liess man, nach einem Rostocker Berichte des 16. Jahrhunderts, bei der Roggenernte am Ende eines jeden Feldes einen Streifen Getreide ungemäht, flocht es mit den Ähren zusammen und besprengte es mit Bier. Die Arbeitsleute traten darauf um den Getreidebusch, nahmen ihre Hüte ab, richteten ihre Sensen in die Höhe und riefen Wodan dreimal mit folgenden Worten an: Wode, hole deinem Ross nun Futter! Nun Distel und Dorn, Aufs andre Jahr besser Korn! Noch im Anfange dieses Jahrhunderts liess man in der Gegend von Hagenow in einer Ecke des Feldes einige Halme stehen, damit "de Waur" Futter für sein Pferd fände." - Paul Herrmann, Deutsche Mythologie, 1898 (Bild: Wilhelm Fritzel, Sommerabend auf dem Lande, um 1920) @oakwhispers

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-German bagpiper, Spreewald region, mid-1930s -Deutscher Dudelsackspieler aus dem Spreewald, Mitte der 1930er Jahre.

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Alamanic Christianization "It was a cold Christianization, not with fire and blood, as the descendant of Bishop Arnulf of Metz, the bloody Charles, later introduced more quickly and effectively, but with a thousand pinpricks and harassments and, if there was no other way, with beatings. A priestly order ruled over a subjugated people, far superior in power and rights. Behind it stood the concentrated armed force of the Christian Frankish Empire." - Dr.Robert Luft

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Allemanische Christianisierung "Es war eine kalte Christianisierung, nicht mit Feuer und Blut, wie sie der Nachfahre des Bischofs Arnulf von Metz, der blutige Karl, später schneller und wirkungsvoller einführte, sondern mit tausend Nadelstichen und Schikanen und, wenn es nicht anders ging, mit Prügeln. Ein priesterlicher Orden herrschte über eine geknechtetes Volk, an Macht und Rechten weit über dieses herausgehoben. Hinter ihm stand die geballte Waffenmacht des christlichen Frankenreiches." • Dr.Robert Luft

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Lovecraft takes 💕

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My paternal Grandfather's loyal German Shepherd "Wolf". Occupied Eastern territories, September 1944.

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Today would be the birthday of my paternal Grandfather. Born at 30.07.1913 in a village on the Swabian Alb, he was the son of a peasant. When he was 1 year old, his father left to fight in World War I and luckily returned in 1918. Later, my Grandfather completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter but could not find work in the well known disastrous Weimar conditions of the late 1920's and early 30's. At 1st May 1933, still 19 years old, he joined the NSDAP and SA (Sturmabteilung), his main reasons were the desire for comradeship and sporting activities. In April 1934 he volunteered for service in the Reichswehr, which would be transformed into the Wehrmacht in 1935. He was one of the first 50 - 60,000 volunteers that increased the Reichswehr over the "Versailles limit" of 100,000 men. He ended his service in September 1936 as an Obergefreiter of Infanterie-Regiment 56 (roughly comparable to Private 1st Class in the US Army). In February 1936 he also visited the Olympic Winter Games at Garmisch-Partenkirchen with his Regiment. In 1937, after his military service, he found employment as a worker at the Reichsbahn (German National Railway). From 1941 on, he was in the occupied east with the Reichsbahn, where he got promoted several times. He lead an armed guard detachment, guarding critical installations and saw some action against partisans etc. His rank was comparable to Oberfeldwebel, or US Tech Sergeant of the time. In 1943 he married my Grandmother and became a father in 1944. After the war, in 1946/47 he had to face his Denazification trial. In his statement he said: "I believed in the cause and the movement and joined the party and SA voluntarily and remained a member until the collapse" He was not one of those who said "I was not a Nazi, but I had no choice". The witnesses all attested to his always impeccable conduct, his desire for comradeship and sports activities. He was always a gentleman, kept to himself and he never agitated or showed unnecessary violence against others. He was found guilty as charged and placed in category III of V, Lesser Offenders, which would have meant he would lose his job and possibly his pension. He was lucky though to have a low enough income to profit from a Christmas amnesty in 1947. He would have 2 more children and continued working for the Railway, becoming head of the local train station, which was a small but, due to the location, important station. During an advanced training in the 1950's he had a near fatal accident, his left arm getting smashed between the buffers of two waggons. He almost lost his arm, but a great surgeon was able to save the arm, which remained partially crippled though. My Grandfather was a very humble man, who loved to socialise with like-minded people, family and friends. He always wrote poems, often quite humorous ones, which he would recite at family celebrations. Often he would also critisize conditions in post-WW2 Germany in his poems. He spent time in his Apple Orchard every day, worked the small fields with my Grandmother and did some carpentry. I remember him fondly, moments like him sitting quietly in the shed, pealing and cutting an apple and handing me a piece. When I was playing with my WW2 toy soldiers, which also contained US paratroopers, he would say "Remember son, you never shoot at a parachutist while he's still in the air. It's dishonorable and a crime." My Grandmother always mentioned how I am very much like him. He died of old age, my Grandmother died 1 year later, 1 day after his birthday. He was the most important person in my life. My Grandfather was one of the main contributors to form me into the man I am today. I think of him every day and I miss him more than words can say. Herzlichen Glückwunsch und danke für alles, Opa!

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