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Tue Jan 8, 2019, 07:37 PM

Heathens hold religious services rooted in Norse paganism aboard aircraft carrier


https://www.navytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2019/01/07/heathens-hold-religious-services-rooted-in-norse-paganism-aboard-aircraft-carrier/

by: J.D. Simkins   1 day ago

Beliefs in ancient Norse myths have taken hold of a surging number of military personnel. (Getty Images)
Heathenry is experiencing a resurgence.

The polytheistic religion, one that traces its origin to Norse myths that tell of the universe’s creation and prophesy its destructive end, was at one time stifled following the end of the Viking Age and the subsequent spread of Christianity.

One such collections of myths, “The Prose Edda” — authored by Icelandic historian, poet and politician Snorri Sturluson sometime around the year 1220 — provides much of what the modern world knows about Norse mythology: Yggdrasil, Asgard and the Aesir, a tribe of gods and goddesses with familiar names like Odin, Thor, Loki, Frigg and Idun.

Now, nearly 800 years after Sturluson’s “Edda,” a small group of sailors aboard the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis has adopted these deities as the pillars of their religion, according to a Navy release.

The chapel onboard Stennis is where Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Joshua Wood, a once-Roman Catholic sailor from Eagle River, Alaska, fills the duties of Heathenry lay leader, a position of religious leadership that must be appointed by a unit’s commanding officer.

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DillyDilly500 Jan 8 OP
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Grumpy Pickle Jan 8 #2
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Currentsitguy Jan 8 #4
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Response to DillyDilly500 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 07:49 PM

1. Asatru has been recognized by the DoD for quite some time

One of the original 30 until the recent massive expansion. Been in Army circles for quite some time. It should not be confused with Satanism.

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Response to DillyDilly500 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 08:23 PM

2. Lefty is bothered by this because Vikings are WHITE.

War on wypepo.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:55 PM

5. Asatru is explicitly not limited to white people

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Response to DillyDilly500 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:00 PM

3. Does AE2 Wood keep the birds in the air with working radios and electronics?

If so then, meh.

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Response to DillyDilly500 (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:01 PM

4. Vikings? On a boat? At sea? How unsual

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 10:28 PM

6. ...

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