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In Thanks to Jacob Grimm

Jacob (Ludwig Karl) Grimm was a German philologist, jurist, and folklorist. Him and his younger brother Wilhelm were known as the Brothers Grimm.
Often when his name is mentioned people think of the Grimm’s Fairytales which include various allegorical folk lore that the brothers learned in their travels and on their studies.

Until recently most of these tales would be taught to children of grade school and younger. Though with the current distain for Western culture that seems to be pervasive today I’m sure this isn’t the case.

That aside, I feel that often people think of the Brother’s Grimm and the fairytales and overlook the actual religious and linguistic impact on Germanic and Indo-European studies that Jacob Grimm had a direct impact on.

A major discovery by Grimm is called Grimm’s Law of linguistics which shows how Indo-European languages had a phonic shift over time resulting in words of similar origins sounding different. Much of his work was used to construct a more fuller understanding of Indo-European languages in general.

“Proto-Indo-European voiceless stops change into voiceless fricatives.
Proto-Indo-European voiced stops become voiceless stops.
Proto-Indo-European voiced aspirated stops become voiced stops or fricatives (as allophones).
This chain shift (in the order 3,2,1) can be abstractly represented as:

bʰ > b > p > f
dʰ > d > t > θ
gʰ > g > k > x
gʷʰ > gʷ > kʷ > xʷ”

More over he authored the Deutsches Wörterbuch which is considered the most comprehensive dictionary of Germanic languages ever made.

More over he wrote Deutsche Mythologie which was a book on philological, historical, folkloristic, and poetic aspects of the pre-Christian Germanic religion. In this he made open comparisons of Germanic Gods such as the different names for Thor (Donar, Thunor, etc). It was one of the first comparative writings that took seriously the Germanic faith or and form of Paganism as a religious and cultural experience.

While some of his studies may have been surpassed in the modern era. We owe a lot of our understanding and current approaches to the groundwork and scholarship that he had done before us.

If is for this we should thank him and give him more praise than we do.

Thank you Jacob Grimm for your hard work.
~Will of Gaut / Hammer and Vajra

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“Pagan” possible linguistic origins

Everyone seems to want to use the word “Pagan”. It seems like it is some sort of catch all for people. Especially those of degenerate life styles and lack of morals who want to live in unnatural and ignoble ways (Adharmic if you will) and stick it to the “Abrahamics” while doing so. So here is a clear definition on what the word “Pagan” means. Originally where the word Pagan was used in the bible the word Ethnikos was used. Meaning those of the Ethnic faith. Also frequently the word Gentile is used to mean non-Jewish or a Christian who isn’t Jewish but isn’t Pagan. This word too began to take on the meaning similar to Pagan. Gentile (from Latin gentilis (“of or belonging to the same people or nation”), from gēns (“clan; tribe; people, family”) is similar to the root word we use for Genes. Which would imply folk or family. “Recorded in English since about 1375. Borrowed from Latin pāgānus (“rural, rustic”), later “civilian”. The meaning “not (Judeo-)Christian” arose in Vulgar Latin, probably from the 4th century. It is unclear whether this usage is derived primarily from the “rustic” or from the “civilian” meaning,
In Old Persian in pre-Zoroastrian Iran, the word “bagh [بغ]” (pl. “baghan”) meaning “god”, “creator” or “the greater” was used to refer to the gods especially Mithra. The practice of worshiping “baghan” is “baghani” religion [بغانی]. The word has entered Old Slavic Languages [“Бог” in Russian means “god”] and Latin through the practice of Mithraism, a mystery religion worshiping Mithras (Mitra) known as an early rival of Christianity. —Wikipedia”. This would imply people of Indo-European faith or people of the European rural faiths. Many people who claim the umbrella term “Pagan” people are not properly following the European Folk or family traditions or morals as they should. So they are not “Pagan”.
Paganism will always be centered around folk and family.
–Hammer and Vajra