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    Question The different types of Heathenism

    Is the word Heathen only for describing the Norse & Teutonic/Germanic systems or does it include Celts also?

    How does Anglo-Saxon Heathenism like on this site relate to the others, is it the same as the Teutonic? Is it just the Germanic heathens that settled in England?
    http://www.englishheathenism.homestead.com/introduction.html

    "Angles
    Germanic tribe that settled in Britain in the fifth century.Their original homeland was the Jutland peninsula where they worshipped the goddess Nerthus. They created the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Mercia, East Anglia and Northumbria and gave their name to England itself, i.e. Angle-Land."

    "Saxons
    Germanic tribe that lived in North Germany, many of whom settled in Britain and created the kingdoms of Essex (East Saxons), Wessex (West Saxons) and Sussex (South Saxons). The Saxons that remained in Germany became known as the 'Old Saxons'."

    I just want to make sure I understand Heathenism overall & all it encompases. The relation between the Norse & Germanic Heathens is close it seems to me.
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    quick answer Heathen is used for the Germanic Pre-Christain rlgions wheather they be Norse, Anglo-Saxon or Contintenal Germanic, the Celts are another group entirely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyda
    quick answer Heathen is used for the Germanic Pre-Christain rlgions wheather they be Norse, Anglo-Saxon or Contintenal Germanic, the Celts are another group entirely.

    Gyda
    Ok thats what I thought I just wanted to make sure so I didn't think the celts part of a group they weren't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seapearls
    Is the word Heathen only for describing the Norse & Teutonic/Germanic systems or does it include Celts also?
    I know Druids that use the term to describe themselves. I wouldn't apply it to the Celtic folk, but there may be some of them that apply it to themselves.
    Quote Originally Posted by seapearls
    ...Anglo-Saxon Heathenism... is it the same as the Teutonic?
    Not really, no... similar, but not the same...
    Quote Originally Posted by seapearls
    Is it just the Germanic heathens that settled in England?
    That pretty well sums up A/S Heathemism.
    Quote Originally Posted by seapearls
    I just want to make sure I understand Heathenism overall & all it encompases. The relation between the Norse & Germanic Heathens is close it seems to me.
    All the variations of Heathenism are very similar, but none are exactly the same.
    Last edited by Rick; October 6th, 2005 at 11:47 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick
    I know Druids that use the term to describe themselves. I wouldn't apply it to the Celtic folk, but there may be some of them that apply it to themselves.

    Not really, no... similar, but not the same...
    That pretty well sums up A/S Heathemism.

    All the variations of Heathenism are very similar, but none are exactly the same.
    Thanks for clearing that up.

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    This link explains a lot if I had come across it 1st. lol

    http://www.wyrdwords.vispa.com/heathenry/callusheathen.html

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    In my experience, the terms "Heathen" and "Heathenry/ism" have shifted a little bit. In essence, it is "Pre-Christian cultural beliefs of Northern European peoples." This includes (and more than what can be found online, this is what I've experienced and encountered at several moots, blots, and festivals) Norse/Scandinavian, Germanic, Uralic (Estonia and Finland) and Slavic. To the question specifically regarding the Celts, I've found that it blends around the borders of Germania and even Scandinavia, and you get some Heathens that also worship the Gaelic folk and such Celtic gods like the Gaulish deities.
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