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3.0 out of 5 stars A better book on Heathenism/Theodism, 18 Oct. 2009
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Written from a Modern Heathen/Theodish perspective, this is one of the better books on the subject however it appears to have some neo-pagan ideas embedded in its content so it is not a book that can be used to learn about the original historical Anglo Saxon culture. The contents do have some research behind them, though do contain facts mixed with subjective ideas concerning what is ancient tradition and modern invention. Covered are the Runes, Soul Lore, Afterlife, Gods and Goddesses plus other wights, Yggdrasil, Seidr/Spa, Mound Sitting and Utesita, Sacredness, Thews of various Asatru/Heathen communities and the social structures of these groups. On the down side are the high number of spelling mistakes and some of the chapters could be written in more depth concerning the Rites and Blots so the reader would be able to construct their own methods within a traditional framework with more meaning to them. There are some 'glaring' mistakes in it too. As with most of the Authors books, much of the information can be found on the englatheod.org website for free. The later verion of the book is the better version having the grammer and spelling mistakes corrected however the section on runes is missing and information concerning theodism added.
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