Who is Odin?
Understanding the long-neglected religions of our ancestors teaches us much about who we are as a people, and what we may yet again become. The common origins of the Classical and Northern European religions is also discussed.
by Tom Rowsell
WHERE DID Odin come from? Was he a shamanic figure influenced by the Saami — or was he based on the Roman god Mercury? Why did Anglo-Saxon kings claim him as a divine progenitor? Was he Indo-European — or even older? I explain the historical origin of the Norse god, Allfather — and I explain the metaphysical significance of his threefold manifestation as depicted in the Gylfaginning.
Woden is a complex and elusive figure in Anglo-Saxon history. Like his Norse counterpart Oðinn, he has been thought to be the chief god of his pantheon, dominating most aspects of heathen worship within that culture.
Scholars have debated the significance of these gods and their relationship to one another. Anthony Faulkes has addressed the genealogical role of Oðinn in twelfth and thirteenth century texts; Richard North has argued that the genealogical role of Oðinn in pre-Christian Scandinavia was the result of influence from Woden’s role in Anglo-Saxon England.
North has also argued that early Anglo-Saxon bishops played a significant role in establishing Woden as an ancestor while Charlotte Behr argues that the popularity of the cult of Woden means that his role as a progenitor could have been employed before the conversion. The popularity of his cult is supported by the distribution of English place names derived from the name Woden as well as analysis of archaeological sources but neither prove he was a progenitor of kings at an early stage.
Enjoy my unscripted video above, wherein I share my knowledge.
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Source: Survive the Jive