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Sunday, 30 June 2013

European Religion versus Atheism

by Varg Vikernes

Reading about the European deities should be done with music in the background.

If you look up the term religion on Wikipedia you will find this definition; «Religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to the supernatural, and to spirituality». If you look up the term atheism on Wikipedia you will find this definition; «Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities». From the same source we can read that; «In traditional belief, a deity is a supernatural being, and who may be thought of as holy, divine, or sacred».
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This Wikipedia definition does not seem to cover the European understanding of what a deity is though. In Europe a deity (i. e. a god or a goddess) was simply a(ny) force working for the good of something. The Germanic term «god» itself means simply «good». A Scandinavian priest was called a gôði and a priestess a gyðja (yes; both words mean simply «good»). Scandinavian gods were commonly called an æsir («spirits»), sg. âss, and bönd («chain», «binding», «obligation»), sg. band. , but were of course also called gôðir («gods», i. e. «good forces»), sg. gôð. All the terms say a lot about these deities and what our forebears meant about them. 
NB! As explained in Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia as well as here there are no «two families» of gods in Scandinavia, æsir and vanir; there are only one family of gods, but the most beautiful of these gods are called vanir («beautiful»), sg. vanr.
The dangerous forces working to tear down, to break down, to challenge and test the good are called jötnar («hungry», «big eaters»), sg. jötunn. They are not gods, but still forces working in nature. They too are positive though, in the sense that the bad brings forth the opportunity for the good to do its deeds. 
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The gods in Europe – not just in Scandinavia – were impersonated by living human beings, the best amongst our forebears, and when doing so they became the deities themselves. The best men were selected for this by competing in games, best known today as the Olympic Games or Knight Tournaments, and the best women were selected for this by competing in games and in beauty competitions. The winner was given an apple. Youthful health, strength and beauty was the merits wanted for these deities, and thus the deities were «forever young» — whenver a deity lost in the yearly competitions he or she was replaced, by soemone even stronger, even more skilled and even more beautiful. So the deities were «immortal». They never died, and were kept young forever by the apple given to the winners every year.
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The jötnar were also impersonated, but only during religious ceremonies, and they were killed off after such ceremonies, and the actors were «revived» afterwards, when the gods carried their «remains» to the sacrificial tree, where they had hung their clothes (i. e. their life force, colour and shape), and put back on their clothes. All this is more thouroughly explained in Socery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia, and actually possibly even better in (a PDF chapter from) MYFAROG. Note though that MYFAROG is a game, so the book has other features too. 
Every man can and must cultivate the gods and goddesses in him, or else the dangerous forces will take over, as explained in Beyond the River Ifing.
If we return to the Wikipedia definition of deities, mentioned at the beginning of this post, it becomes clear that the European belief in deities is in a sense beyond the Wikipedia definition. It also becomes clear that atheism in relation to the European deities is actually the same as nihilism. If the deities are the good and moral in man then atheism is nihilism; a negation and rejection of the good and moral in man.
A European animal sacrifice is a strengthening of the good in those participating in the sacrifice; the animal is eaten normally afterwards, by the humans impersonating the deities and their tribesmen. They know why they are eating this particular animal; it can be for inspiration, for love, for patience, for strength, for beauty or whatever. For something good. No sacrifice was ever made to jötnar! A prayer to a god, a prayer in solitude, is not a belief in some supernatural being and that this being is listening from somewhere; it is a form of meditation and a reminder to yourself. Be good, be just, be victorious, be skilled, or whatever! No prayer was ever said to jötnar! A temple built to honour a deity is the same; whenever you see it, visit it or even think of it you strengthen that deity in you. No temple was ever built to honour any jötnar!
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The European religion is simply «an organized form of goodness-cultivation». The deities and also the jötnar are forces working in us and in other places of nature. They are not «supernatural beings». They are real human beings (or rather were…we sadly no longer impersonate them), they are real statues, real ideas, real images and real symbols, all influencing us and our minds directly. What you sense influences you. No atheist can argue about that.
Being religious is not something to be ashamed of, as long as you are in a European way. Being atheist on the other hand is no better than being a nihilist, rejecting all the deities of Europe, and thus also what they stand for. Being an atheist is even worse than being a Christian, because at least the Christians still value those good old Euroepan morals, that they incorportated into their otherwise Jewish faith, when the Jews failed to anihiliate the European morals during the Christianization of Europe.
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Christianity; 90% European religion, 10% Judaism
Islam; 90% Judaism, 10% Arabic tribal religion
Atheism when rejecting the European deities; 100% Nihilism
Nihilism; 100% Judaism
Judaism; 100% «Satanism» (i. e. the active cultivation of the jötnar in man)
To be European in mind and spirit you have to follow the European religion though, in whatever way suits you. It is no good to drink a beverage that is 90% clean water and «only» 10% pure poison. If you do you will poison your mind, your spirit and also your body. Instead we should all become or at least try to become gods or goddesses, just like our forebears! HailaR WôðanaR!
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