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Well Of Remembrance : Rediscovering the Earth Wisdom Myths of Northern Europe - Ralph Metzner

Well Of Remembrance

Rediscovering the Earth Wisdom Myths of Northern Europe

Paperback Published: 19th December 1994
ISBN: 9781570626289
Number Of Pages: 352

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"In his introduction to The Well of Remembrance, author Ralph Metzner provides a telling explanation of the theme of his work- "This book explores some of the mythic roots of the Western worldview, the worldview of the culture that, for better and worse, has come to dominate most of the rest of the world's peoples. This domination has involved not only economic and political systems but also values, basic attitudes, religious beliefs, language, scientific understanding, and technological applications. Many individuals, tribes, and nations are struggling to free themselves from the residues of the ideological oppression practiced by what they see as Eurocentric culture. They seek to define their own ethnic or national identities by referring to ancestral traditions and mythic patterns of knowledge. At this time, it seems appropriate for Europeans and Euro-Americans likewise to probe their own ancestral mythology for insight and self-understanding." Focusing on the mythology and worldview of the pre-Christian Germanic tribes of Northern Europe, Metzner offers a meaningful exploration of Western ancestry."

Illustrationsp. x
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Prologue: The Nazi Curse on Germanic Mythologyp. 17
The Indo-European And Nordic-Germanic Peoples
Migrations and Invasions of the Indo-Europeansp. 31
Origins of the Indo-Europeansp. 31
The Descendants of the Kurgan Invaders in Europep. 37
The Indo-European Legacyp. 43
The Religion and Worldview of the Indo-Europeansp. 46
Animism, Shamanism, and Paganismp. 48
Changing Conceptions of Death and the Afterlifep. 51
The Destruction of the Old Religionp. 55
Ancient Germanic Societyp. 61
Patriarchyp. 63
The Family, the Clan, and the Tribep. 65
From Endogamy to Exogamyp. 68
Wodan's Warriors and the Heroic Mystiquep. 73
Berserker Fury and the Rituals of Battlep. 75
Women in War and the Valkyrie Battle Maidensp. 79
The Transformed Berserkersp. 81
Sacred Runes and Mythic Poetryp. 85
Runes and Divinationp. 85
The Edda: Songs and Visions of the Elder Mothersp. 91
Chronologyp. 98
Nordic-Germanic Myths And Their Meaning For Our Time
Odin and the Aesir Sky Godsp. 111
Odin the Wandering Truth-Seekerp. 112
Other Aesir Gods: Tyr, Thor, Balder, and Lokip. 122
The New Berserkersp. 133
Freyja and the Vanir Earth Deitiesp. 150
Freyja: Goddess of Earth, Sexuality, and Magicp. 152
Other Vanir Deities: Njord and Freyrp. 161
Gullveig and the Origins of Warp. 165
Visions of the Fourfold Goddessp. 173
Odin's Self-Sacrifice and the Tree of Worldsp. 191
Odin's Self-Sacrificep. 192
The Tree of Nine Worldsp. 199
Dwarves, Elves, Giants, and Gods in the Twentieth Centuryp. 211
The Well of Remembrance and the Knowledge of the Ancestorsp. 215
The Three Nornsp. 215
Mimir's Well and the One-Eyed Godp. 219
The Revenge of the Vanir and Mimir's Headp. 224
Rituals of Reconciliation and the Quest for the Mead of Inspirationp. 229
The Reconciliation Ritual and Kvasir's Bloodp. 230
Twentieth-Century Rituals of Reconciliationp. 234
Loss and Recovery of the Mead of Inspirationp. 238
The Twilight of the Sky Gods and New Dawn of the Earth Goddessp. 244
The Volva's Vision of the Ragnarokp. 246
Cataclysmic Earth Changesp. 250
The Loosened Monsters and the Final Battlep. 255
Defeat and Return of the Pagan Deitiesp. 259
Epiloguep. 267
Appendix: The Mead of Inspiration and Magical Plants of the Ancient Germansp. 279
Notesp. 297
Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9781570626289
ISBN-10: 1570626286
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 19th December 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1