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Indo-European Norse

Odin / Awtin or Ahura Mazda (Sky father proof)

Below is a break down and quote I saw on a forum regarding Odin when one looks at sources from Persia. Recently I have seen a lot of misinformation in Indo-European and historical study groups which will only result in hurting people’s understanding.

This break down shows the same for my understanding both spiritually and scholarly. To which I state that Odin is the Sky Father for the Germanic / Norse Branch of the Indo-European cosmology and Ahura Mazda would be directly his Persian correlation.

I don’t know if I 100% agree with everything in the statement but it is much better than what is being passed around in some comparative groups.

“Q: Is Persian Allfather Awtin (Abtin) the same as Germanic Allfather Odin? Is Awtin’s wife Franak the same Odin’s wife Frigg? Is Awtin’s son/grandson Tur the same Odin’s son Thor?

I do not think so. Foremostly, if we wanted to investigate the possibility of their common origin in the ancient history based on the hypothesis of a linguistic correlation of their names, it would be not enough to compare the outward similarity of some of the contemporary variants of these names like Abtin and Odin or Tur and Thor, we would have to research the history and etymology of already their ancient antecedents Athwya and Wodanaz or Tuirya and Thunraz.

Regarding the possible parallels in their place within the respective religion and mythology, there is little to speak about since Abtin and Tur, unlike Odin and Thor, are not even gods or supernaturals in the Persian tradition. Since Abtin was neither a divine patriarch nor progenitor of all mankind, I wouldn’t really call him by a title like Allfather. Abtin is only narrated to be the ancestral figure of the major prehistoric noble house from which archaic heroes and kings descended and his place in the lineage of important later figures is his major role as he is not a too prominent character himself in the attested mythology. But since some Nordic royal houses claimed to descend from Odin, the role of an ancestral figure of a dynasty is basically the only shallow parallel between Abtin and Odin.

Tuirya was the name of a nation which was often kind of inimical to the Airya nation. This nation was said to be named after its original king Tuirya, similarly like the Airya nation after its king Airya and the Sairima nation after its king Sairima, these three kings were then identified as brothers and the sons of Thraetaona of the Athwya family. Tuirya, essentially the legendary first Tuiryan king who was jealous of his brother Airya, had very little to do with storms unlike the storm god Thunraz whose very name meant “thunder”, it actually is etymologically related to English thunder similarly like to Persian tondar or German Donner.

From the perspective of not etymological relatedness of the name but of parallels in the religio-mythological position, Odin as the supremely wise Æsiric divine patriarch, the king of the heaven and the earth and furnisher of the world, the vivifier of mankind and the pronouncer of magical incantations who lives in the divine realm connected to this world by the Bifrost bridge and guarded by two great wolves which is reached by the ghosts of the worthy deceased ones, who awaits the ultimate clash with the antagonistic supernatural forces and who uses talking ravens, could be argued to loosely correspond in these respects to Ahura Mazda, the supremely wise Ahuric divine Father and fashioner of the world, the king of the heaven and the earth, the creator of mankind and the pronouncer of sacred mantras who lives in the divine realm connected to this world by the Chinwad bridge and guarded by two great hounds which is reached by the ghosts of the worthy deceased ones, who awaits the ultimate clash with the demonic forces and uses talking Karshiptar bird (literally “Black-Winged”, from karshi- “black” and -ptar “wing”, presumed to be probably a supernatural raven of Ahura Mazda).

I named the particular points of resemblances because there are on the other hand also many dissimilarities in the other respects. Ahura Mazda is the prototypical all-perfect inherently immortal unique God while Odin is a much more limited god with more human-like life and also with sometimes kind of unpredictable character, such differences are of cource ensured by the overall theological discrepancies between Zoroastrianism and Old Norse religion. But although most of the theology differs to a great extent, the other aspects of the religious substrate have similarities and I do not think there was more Ahura Mazda-like figure than Odin in the attested Old Norse religion.

Quotes:

‘Thus therefore do we offer our liturgy to Ahura Mazda who made both the creatures and the order, who made both the good waters and the plants, who made both the celestial lights and the earth and all good things in between, to Him who made them in His greatness by His command and artistry and who is preeminent among all who foster the living creatures.’

(Avesta, Yasna 37:1–2)

‘O Maker of the material world, thou Holy One! Who is he who brought the Religion of Mazda into the Vara which Yima made?’ Ahura Mazda answered: ‘It was the bird Karshiptar, O holy Zarathushtra!’

(Avesta, Videvdad 2:42)

‘Whosoever shall smite either a shepherd’s dog, or a house-dog, or a vagrant dog, or a trained dog, his soul when passing to the other world, shall fly howling louder and more sorely grieved than the sheep does in the lofty forest where the wolf ranges. No soul will come and meet his departing soul and help it, howling and grieved in the other world; nor will the dogs that keep the [Chinwad] bridge help his departing soul howling and grieved in the other world.

(Avesta, Videvdad 13:8–9)

Ahura Mazda answered: ‘When the man is dead, when his time is over, then the wicked, evil-doing Daevas cut off his eyesight. On the third night, when the dawn appears and brightens up, when Mithra, the hallowed celestial with beautiful weapons, reaches the all-happy mountains, and the sun is rising: ‘Then the fiend, named Vizaresha, O Spitama Zarathushtra, carries off in bonds the souls of the wicked Daeva-worshippers who live in sin. The soul enters the way made by passing time, and open both to the wicked and to the righteous. At the head of the Chinwad bridge, the holy bridge made by Mazda, they ask for their spirits and souls the reward for the worldly goods which they gave away here below.

(Avesta, Videvdad 19:28–29)

[And] as regards [the bird] Karshipt one says, “It knew how to articulate words, and [it] carried and propagated the Revelation into the enclosure prepared by Jam {Jamshed}; and there they utter the Avesta in the language of birds.”

(Iranian Bundahishn 24:25)”

https://www.quora.com/Is-Persian-Allfather-Awtin-Abtin-the-same-as-Germanic-Allfather-Odin-Is-Awtins-wife-Franak-the-same-Odins-wife-Frigg-Is-Awtins-son-grandson-Tur-the-same-Odins-son-Thor

Post was made by a user called Zartusht Ashavan.

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Indo-European Political Will of Gaut

Anglo-Saxon America

Hengist and Horsa
Possibly the divine twins from Indo European / Germanic myth.
An original concept for the United States seal.
“the Saxon chiefs from whom we claim the honor of being descended, and whose political principles and form of government we assumed” –Thomas Jefferson.

American is a Germanic Indo European country from it’s founding.
Be proud of your folk and your ancestors.
Paganism never dies.
Hammer and Vajra!

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Buddhism Indo-European Vedic

Brahma of Creation

Brahma is the creation aspect of the Vedic Godhead (Trimurti), along with Shiva / Rudra and Vishnu. It has been said that his name is associated with the caste of priest Brahmin and or the ultimate Oness with God, Brahman. Though these interpretations are up for debate.In Buddhism, especially in Japan, Brahma is worshipped as he, in a political move, is said to have become in Enlightened. Some say this allows for the flow of creation and ultimate reality to give way to the multiplicity of the extension of inner connected universes as well as ceaseless and ultimate ceasing reality of the Womb realm. Brahma’s conversion to the ultimate wisdom shows all of creation bowing to the understanding of Bodhi. This isn’t an Insult to the Vedic path as some in India perceive it to be. I personally see it as an embracing and evolution of that understanding.In Japan, Brahma is known as Bonten 梵天, and is one of the Twelve primary Deva. These Deva rearrange the Vedic Gods into a 12 Olympian style ranking which is great for comparative Indo-European studies. Brahma is depicted with 4 heads that can see all directions, an animal spirit or which represents God’s ability to be omnipresent. This is represented by a wild Goose. Each of his heads is said to represent virtues of giving, removing suffering, helping one see truth freeing them from desire, and helping one let go of overt attachment to love or hate. Worshippers are expected to meditate on embodying these virtues in order to karmically be in Brahma’s hall in the next life.Brahma has his own region of heaven above Mt. Sumeru which is above the first level of the mountain where Indra’s realm is (Similar to Olympus or Asgard). Brahma is said to help one defend from greed, anger, and foolishness. In India, modernly, it seems that Brahma worship has been absorbed by Shaivism and Vaishnavism with temples to or worship of Brahma directly becoming very rare. Oddly enough Buddhism restored the concept of Brahma to the role he originally would have had. In Slavic Paganism (Rodnovery, etc) the Svetoid is a 4 headed deity who watches over each cardinal direction and may be associated with Perun (Indra / Thor comparatively) and may be associated with either Indra’s 4 cardinal direction generals / kings or Brahma.

Personal note: With the Russian Orthodox Church on again / off again persecuting Slavic Pagans while the government there is said to recognize “Hinduism” as a religion, it might benefit Pagans to work with Hindu groups to help preserve their faiths. Though this might have its own issues as well.

In the Maitri Upanishad Brahma is mentioned.

“Now then, that part of him which belongs to Tamas, that, O students of sacred knowledge (Brahmacharins), is this Rudra.That part of him which belongs to Rajas, that O students of sacred knowledge, is this Brahma.That part of him which belongs to Sattva, that O students of sacred knowledge, is this Vishnu.Verily, that One became threefold, became eightfold, elevenfold, twelvefold, into infinite fold.This Being (neuter) entered all beings, he became the overlord of all beings.That is the Atman (Soul, Self) within and without – yea, within and without!—”

Maitri Upanishad 5.2

The Idea or understanding of Brahma isn’t one of a supreme ultimate deity but one of an aspect of the Godhead that informs one’s worship and provides one virtues to mediate upon.Hammer and VajraResources: Onmark Productions: 12 Devashttps://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/12-devas.shtmlThe Upanishads: translated by Juan Mascaro 1965. Image: Brahma by Christian Huerta https://www.artstation.com/artwork/L3RQ6K

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Christianity Indo-European

“The Maid of Orléans”

I don’t tend to use this page for political purposes,
But seeing how fearless woman was shot standing up to a tyrannical government on the 6th I feel it is appropriate to mention how the 6th is also Saint Jeanne d’Arc “The Maid of Orléans” (French: La Pucelle d’Orléans).

Jeanne was a French farmer girl who lived during the 100 years war between Britain and France. During this period of turmoil she would go to her father’s garden. She would pray and said she had received images and messages from the St. Michael (Arche Angel Michael) as well as other saints and even God himself.

She was thought to be so in-tuned with God and these spirits that she had cried at the loss of their presence after their departure from speaking with her.

France at the time was losing the war and the people were fearing for the worse. After a few ordeals she joined the war effort as she said she was told to by God.

She inspired as a figured head and personally led victorious battles for her people. She was considered by many to be a savior figure, and a hero. Some think she embodied the spirit of the Holy mother.

That was until post war when they decided that her “usefulness” was up and her ability to talk directly to God and Angels was “witch craft”.

She was burnt at the stake.

Did she speak to Angels and saints?
Did she hear the voice of the Sky father (God, Deus, Gaut) ?

I like to think she was spiritually in-tune and may have heard voices of God and spirits, maybe the Earth Mother herself which she interpreted in the context of the local religion.

However the true question is ; was she a hero?
Absolutely.

It doesn’t matter that she was French and you are English, or German or any flavor of Indo-European or other It doesn’t matter that she was Catholic, and you are Protestant or Pagan. Her ability to stand up for what she felt was right, speak with the divine on her own, and fight against what she felt was tyranny and oppression.

For that she is a Saint, a Martyr, and a Heroine.

Image by: elisabethanna.deviantart.com

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Indo-European

In defense of the Helm of Awe (Aegishjalmur)

Often people who are interested in “Viking” culture will get the Aegishjalmur as tattoo or printed on an item as a talisman for protection. This is used as a cultural designator of their “Viking” or Norseness. On the Other hand those who are in opposition of this usage will be pushy in their denial stating how it is found in a “Christian” mystic books and references and how it is a form of Solomonic magic. This is rightfully so that they say this given the forms of alchemy and hermetic faiths that went with Christian mysticism of the time.
To this I raise you the Ashtanga yantra. This Yantra (a meditative seal or image) is often said to have the same properties.

Here is a quote regarding this Yantra.
“Ashtanga yantra is the yantra that detains the word in the mouth of the enemy.” Ashtanga yantra is a real shield of protection, backed into the archetypes of the collective unconscious.

The spears of this Yantra are that of Shiva’s Trishula and the lay out matches much of the same. One should also note that other Yantra and Mandala share similarities with “Abrahamic” magic symbols and properties.

While the Seals and Keys of Solomon are attributed to the ancient wise king and his powers given to him by God, one must note that the surfacing of many of these came around the 16th century in Europe (though the type of seal predated it by far during early Christian worship and other Alchemical texts). They incorporated a lot of Greek magical influences as well. The Greek Gods (Planets) were often invoked as well as Greek mythos being in the form of “demons”.

While it is stated that this Yantra predates the other symbols it is something I cannot prove. However, what I can speculate is the Persian Indo-Iranic influence. Alchemy itself had a heavy Mideast and at times Persian influence to it (sometimes Islamic sourced). It isn’t a hidden fact that Judaism heavily incorporated elements from Persian religion and later Greek. The rest of these western symbols are heavily influence by Kabbalah. Kabbalah took a lot of sources from other religious contexts at the time (possibly Gothic in Spain, Steppe Khazar and Greco-Roman) as did Alchemy. Not to mention the worship and reverence to the 3 Magi in Christian mysticism and Gnosticism which gives a Persian element as well.

Persia, Greek and India (Bactrian Kingdoms, Alexander the Great, Kushan Empire, etc) all had close ties.

So minus the Hebrew texts in any Solomonic or otherwise Magical seal, and add in Greek, Slavonic, Runes, or some sort of Indic script, then change the invocations to the element and God to which would be appropriate in an Indo-European context…and what is keeping either symbol from being just as Indo-European as the one beside it? (Picture related)

Don’t let somethings possible connection to another religion, especially if it is the most “Pagan” or Indo-European aspect of that religion (such as some Christian mysticism) keep you from enjoying and understanding the depths of a symbol or a tradition.

Poetic Edda Fáfnismál Stanza 16
The Helm of Awe
I wore before the sons of men
In defense of my treasure;
Amongst all, I alone was strong,
I thought to myself,
For I found no power a match for my own.

Hammer and Vajra!
Written by Zachary Gill 05 January 2020

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Indo-European Vedic

“Journeys in the Kali Yuga: A Pilgrimage from Esoteric India to Pagan Europe.”

Here is an interesting interview from a Youtuber called The Modern Platonist. In this video he speaks with Aki Cederberg who is a European Pagan author, and creative artist, who wrote a book called “Journeys in the Kali Yuga: A Pilgrimage from Esoteric India to Pagan Europe.” I have order the book myself but have yet to fully take a deep dive so I am not able to make a full review.

There are a few points in this interview that really resonated with me regarding my purpose, what I feel is a calling, and my goal with the Hammer and Vajra project.

In this interview he speaks of European Paganism being a broken line. This is something that I feel like isn’t 100% true but objectively can be summarized as true. While we have had folklorist, theologians, mystics, and certain “orders” what have appeared over the years our direct connections for the most part are broken. Cederberg speaks of his journey to India to become an initiate in the Nagababa Sādhanā. He talked regarding taking the Vedic path and bringing the linage of unbroken Indo-European faith back to the European Paganism but keeping it the flavor of European Paganism. In sort of a syncretic method. Also like reenacting the Indo-European migratory path again. This would be for the goal of creating an unbroken line and almost stitching European Paganism back together with its past. I myself have have performed many travels and working through imitation in a similar path, though nothing as extreme as Sadhu from India (Though the term Shugen for Vajrayana buddhism is derived from Sadhu there fore Shugendo is like the Buddhist Sādhanā). He also mentioned how European paganism needs figured like the Sadhu who are adherence to Odin, Veles, Dionysus, etc, in order to bring back the divine connection to the everyday people. This is something that the Hammer and Vajra project supports for all traditions. Part of our goal is not only to achieve something syncretic like this but to highlight others who are making such strives in the west. This too is what I think Odinism needs as well.

In this new year, with danger and political unrest coming to a boil across the world, it is time for a revival of true spirituality of the people. I hope this marks the year where many of you start this journey as well.
May the Gods bless you all and lead you to wisdom and strength.
Hammer and Vajra
Written by Zachary Gill 03 January 2021

After the introduction skip head 7mins to avoid technical difficulties.
The Interview
https://youtu.be/hbioECN5S1Q

If you have read this book please let me know your thoughts.
Cederberg’s book.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1620556790/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Vedic

The Shiva Pill

This new year consider taking the Shiva pill.
As you may know I practice a syncretic faith of Vedic Heathenism. So I see the aspect of the Sky Father and Godhead primarily found in Odin and Shiva-Ruda.

I feel Shiva-Rudra / Odin adoration represents the best for those who are seeking wisdom, strength, and self improvement. Especially for males and their Devi / Goddess counterparts show a deep understanding for females to which both sexes can learn and grow in their individual strength and in proper Dharma and morale compass.

Here is a list of posts I have made regarding my own journey and understanding of my path focusing on Shiva.

Odinic Shiva connection

(I plan to update this with posts that link to this current website later. This is a copy from the Facebook Page)
Part 1
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2659695784276238
Part 2
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2659852117593938

Post workout meditation and prayer to Shiva.
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2669824853263331

On The World-Spear of the Sky Father – Trishula, Gungnir, Pinaka (by Arya Akasha)
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2771354993110316

Devadevam (the lord) (Song lyrics by Rotting Christ ft Rudra)
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2764953733750442

Sky Father connection
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2841211886124626

Tantric / Sadhu – Shugendo Left Hand Path
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2724528337792982

Odinic Enlightenment
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2690338604545289

Odinic Wisdom
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2762870523958763

Acala
https://www.facebook.com/hammerandvajra/posts/2627736280805522

Please feel free to visit my page for Vajrayana Buddhism where my primary focus is on Acala (One of the many Buddhist deities and aspects of Shiva)
https://www.facebook.com/templeoftheimmovable

Thank you all for your support and I hope everyone has a better year.
Remember you have to improve yourself before you can improve the world around you.

Hammer and Vajra!

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Indo-European Vedic

New Year 2021

Happy New Years to everyone!
I am working on a few more book projects and well as posts regarding Odinic and Vedic wisdom (and all other Indo-European or ancient traditions).
2020 was a doozy, but there are good things that came from it. I released my first book, and met many great people online whom I have learned a lot from. Hopefully more freedom will emerge from 2021. As always embrace the divine and self improvement in all things.
Let this year be the time to embark on your own spiritual journey, defend your culture, make connections with tribe and family, and self growth.
Wish you all the best.
Hammer and Vajra!
Written by Zachary Gill 31 December 2020.

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Christianity Indo-European Vedic

Jesus & Krishna

I have two questions for everyone.

1. What are your honest thoughts about Christ (the idea) and Jesus (the potential person) if he existed. This question is two fold as Christ the idea or title could represent the archetype of the Indo-European savior / Sun God ( Mithras, Saoshyant, Maitreya, Kalki, Sol Invictus, Krishna, Shakyamuni Buddha etc) or the divine Child of the Sky father (Heracles, Dionysus, Thor, Indra, Tammuz, Marduk, Gilgamesh). Both lists overlap strongly. The second fold being the man of the historical record that is Jesus as known by contemporary Christianity.

2. The second question is what are your honest thoughts Krishna? (No matter your Indo-European group of faith path) Also on being respectful to Krishna and Krishna worship as an avatar or extension of Indo-European archetype like the above regardless of the Hare Krishna / ISKON movement’s tendency toward monotheistic interpretations of God.

In your responses please be as polite as possible regardless if you disagree or agree with ideas regarding the figures above. However, do speak your mind so that we can all learn.

The reason why I bring this up is that these two spiritual figures are probably the most prominent ones you will encounter today. Christianity is responsible for the creation of the Judeo-Christian faith that is ingrained in the Americas today, but is also responsible in turn for the preservations of various European and Indo-European morals, virtues, and concepts that it absorbed in the west. In the Eastern Orthodoxy it may reflect the last branches of Roman style imperial understanding and even mystical interpretations that were considered heretical in the west.

Regarding Krishna worship, the various Vaishnavism branches are probably the most internationally reaching of any Indian based religions. Most so-called Vedic content in the west is linked to a form of Vaishnavism or Krishna worship. More people know of the Bhagavad Gita and the Mahābhārat than the actual Rig Vedas or Upanishads it seems. Therefore, the popularity of this religion is quickly becoming the face of “Hinduism” as one knows it in the west (and even in the East to some degree).

The last question would be are these two faiths and representation coming to close together? Where they are at risk of one being absorbed by another and running the understanding between them? In particular regards to missionary work being done in India where “tricking”, for lack of a better term, people into conversation by correlating the Gods into being the same as Christian God/s or lesser is a common practice.

While I have my personal opinions and biases, which I have voiced here a few times, I think it would be best to gather a few opinions of that which is out there.

Hammer and Vajra!

Written by Zachary Gill 26 December 2020

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Christianity Indo-European Norse

Regarding Santa Claus and Paganism.


It seems there is a video from Prof. Jackson Crawford regarding Santa not being representative of Odin.

In some ways he is correct. Because Santa Claus and the many myths that surround the Christmas time aren’t just about Odin, instead they are amalgamation of various Norse and other Indo-European culture. (Along with some original Christian and near east concepts.) Especially given the Germanic Northern and Western influence on the Santa myth, which is the primary influence in the North American concept, one can begin to understand how Santa is both various Christian Saints and Pagan concepts merged together.
So, in this post I am going to list a few of the rather Pagan connections to Christianity.
First I will address some of Prof. Crawford’s points.

1. Sleipnir has 8 Legs and Santa has 8 reindeer: First he debunks this arbitrarily. Obviously 8 Legs don’t equal to 8 different beings. But I suppose he hasn’t heard of allegory before. Also when two of the Reindeer are called Donner and Blitzen (Thunder and Lightning) it is a connection to Thor (Donar = Thunor). Yes the eight reindeer are a newer addition as he used to have 1 and sometimes more than one that pulled his sleigh. What he doesn’t do is delve into the various connections to the Wild Hunt. Jacob Grimm popularized the term Wilde Jagd (“Wild Hunt”) and wrote about it in his Deutsche Mythologie (1835) as proof of surviving Germanic Pagan beliefs. The Wild hunt is thought to ride through the clouds or mist, in the night sky and claim lost souls. Often they would be appeased by offerings. Much like leaving offerings for Santa and his reindeers. Other figures aside from Odin that were euhemerized into the tradition were Theodoric the Great, Angel Gabriel, the Devil, Charlemagne, or the welsh Gwyn ap Nudd. Those who were associated as hunters accompanying their leader were usually the spirits of the dead, who either returned or arose with his passing by, the Fae, or Elves and sometimes Valkyries or Psychopomps. If you haven’t noticed the theme is that of death and passing as well as one’s ancestors as Fae or Elves (Alf) are ancestral spirits. Often the Death of the year or the sun is seen in Winter (Baldr’s death for example). No this isn’t inherently an Odinic concept but one can see that it is connected to the Old world and both Paganism and folklore in general.

2. Santa wears Red but Odin wears Blue, Grey, or spotted clothing: Yes, but he also is said to take various disguises. Santa also doesn’t always wear read. He has been depicted wearing blue or white in many cases especially in Slavic regions. It is true that Santa is depicted often more akin to his Saintly / religious priest clothing in various European countries, especially down south. No one will say for sure where the Red suit and a rather Phrygian cap as well as the Holly and pipe come from originally. However, I will state that they are rather Scythian in design. The cap, the buttoned-up suite, and pipe are very akin to various groups in the Steppe lands and Persian cultural influences. Artwork of Odin has often included a smoking pip as well and one can see within Tolkien’s Odinic figure of Gandalf (Wand Elf) that pipe smoking fits the motif. As for the Holly there are a lot of Euhemerized concepts of Holly which can imply a Christian allegory but also the concept of the Greenman of folklore or the Mistletoe of Baldr’s death.

3. Odin is not a figure associated with gifts: This is accurate as long as one is speaking of gifts in the method of Santa, however, to say providing offering to the Gods or Odin for blessings or a boon in return is very much within Pagan belief. Being naughty or nice could be implying being pious and serving the Gods. This may be a much more Christian aspect of Santa but one implying that Odin or the Sky father does not provide blessing or providence over mankind would be a gross misunderstanding. Yes, in the Saga’s and Eddas Odin isn’t overtly kind or selflessly giving, but that shouldn’t be interpreted as “evil” or a lack of any empathy for mankind as Odin is concerned primarily with the balance of Order and Chaos. Also Santa’s helpers such as Black Pete, or his counter part such as Krampus haven’t been always been represented as the most kind and benevolent beings.

4. Odin is associated with winter solstice holiday of Jól or Yule which is the Proto-Germanic word *jehwlą meaning Joke or to play (Joy) but has also been considered to possibly be connected to a word for wheel like the turning of the year. Odin is called the Jólnir (the Yuler) as Prof. Crawford points out. Also, often you hear the word Yule Father from time to time. This is, in my opinion, in direct correlation to where the association of Father Christmas would come into play.

In addition to the point he mentions I’ll go into a few other points. The three “Kings” of Christianity are Magi (Singular Magus) or Magoi of Persian religion. Their seeking of Christ and divining his arrival via the stars is a direct attempt to merge Indo-European faith and divine son / God-King worship with that of the Hebraic Messiah. Meanwhile, there is plenty of scholarly speculation of Mithraic connections to this worship as well. The Magi had their own cultic following within Christian mysticism and in the esoteric alchemical practices. You will sometimes still see an adoration of the tree Magi almost as much as one would of the Christ child. Though it is not needed to be mentioned here, as I have mentioned ad nauseum, The Sky Father, divine or holy mother, and God or Demi-God son is a pan-Indo-European and even near eastern motif. The tale of the Angel coming to the pasture to inform the Shepard’s of Christ’s arrival is very similar to the visit of the Goddess to the Shepard in Hesiod’s Theogony where they tell him of the lineage of the Gods as well as the creation story. On a sidenote many of the Christian intepretation of myths or understanding of the cosmos is directly comparable to that of the Theogony.

These aren’t the only connection that Christianity has to Pagan religions, especially regarding Holy Days (Holidays) as a whole article could be written about Saturnalia alone. Nor is this even a full encompassing article on all of the various details and local folklore that is associated with Yule (the Yule Goat for instance).

In Regards to Mr. Crawford. He is a linguist and historian. His translations are good. However, too many Pagans who follow him like he knows everything because he knows more about language and history than they do so They flock to him regarding religion, which he isn’t an authority on. This is not an insult to a man who understands Indo-European languages rather well and should be learned from for Old Norse information. It is a statement that one should not look towards one linguistic “Scholar” as a bastion of all knowledge of on their own heritage or on Indo-European spirituality. Authorities are good to refer to, but should be cross examined. Do not let one person’s conclusions rule what you believe without doing more digging as well.

It can be easily mentioned here that Euhemerism, attempts at conversation, the Germanization of Christianity, and merging of faiths it was results in this Odinic and general Pagan+Christian appeal that Christmas and Yule have. While much of the modern additions, such as Misses Claus, Elves, Candy, Coca-Cola, and various other elements are often added for product placement or joyous myth creation from the Americas, it doesn’t change the source of these myths being that of a predominately Germanic origin.

In conclusion we can say, Odin is as much Santa as Santa is Saint Nicholas, and that Christmas is as Pagan as Yule is Christian.

I hope you found this article enjoyable and enlightening regardless of the faith you practice.
In this current climate where all holidays are being threatened, it is good for us to enjoy the practice of our heritage and embrace a sense of spirituality and joy during the holidays.
Hammer and Vajra

Written by Zachary Gill 23 December 2020

P.S This of course isn’t even delving into the Slavic beliefs or Orthodoxy Christianity’s intepretation of Santa Claus.
Link to Crawford’s original video if you are interested in the points I am mentioning.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o5ih9WuCxQ