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  1. Thanks for that link. Interesting. I'm going to have to read up on this a bit further. Thanks again
  2. Hmm who might this master be? Anywhere I can read about this further? It seems rather important. Cheers
  3. Do you mind elaborating on this? Reason I ask, I have been doing a simple standing practice for the last two months. No teacher. Hands tingle like mad, feet feels like a thousand needles underneath and warm, lower legs boiling and moving internally and the ldt is hot and I feel strong pressure around the ldt.
  4. Nietzsche Quotes

    Thanks. Found a copy on ebay. 15 bucks, can't go wrong. Interestingly, did a Google search and there are many opinions about what translation is best. But generally it seems Kaufmann is the preferred non-scholastic version.
  5. Nietzsche Quotes

    Any recommendations of a first read of Nietzsche for a novice? Cheers
  6. Call to Vikings!

    Yeah they're really cool. Like you said, they're hard to come by now. I've seen them on the swedish version of ebay and they're not tooo pricey. They were originally in Danish and then translated to a few languages. I had the swedish magazines but you can find them in english as well. I just found a website that have all the english copies online. Not quite the same as a real magazine in your hands but... Valhalla comic
  7. Call to Vikings!

    Surely everyone's seen these, but just in case, I absolutely loved these comics when I was a kid. My brother and I had the whole collection of 15 magazines with all the awesome and exciting stories. They probably weren't historically correct but a wonderful way of learning about the norse mythology as a kid. Unfortunately my old man threw them all out when we moved out... If you can find a copy it'd be well worth it I reckon.
  8. Call to Vikings!

    Here's one that says its wooden. UK ebay Here's one from Russia that looks really nice, but $$$$ Russian ebay
  9. AI & Google Translator & Lebanon's Cedars

    The end of the world is nigh... Why humanity soon will end
  10. Call to Vikings!

    Yeah interestingly there are heaps of forgotten gods that never got a mention in the proses. Maybe too many to keep up with... Btw, Firefighting - viking style! https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://amp.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/sweden-deploys-laserguided-bombs-to-douse-forest-fires/news-story/1cf1fe478b64ffd118aafe5d1cdd56a0&ved=2ahUKEwib_Pztx7zcAhXHu7wKHfMgBzEQFjARegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw0C9G8V2_CfNCB99NtsKm66&ampcf=1
  11. Call to Vikings!

    Haha all good. It is a little bit of fun reading up on it. I still don't know. Could be either way. Both sides of the argument make some strong points. But ultimately, it doesn't really matter either way. Here's a lengthy text I stole from another blog... "While the late Old Norse literary sourcesthat form the basis of our current knowledge of pre-Christian Germanic religion present Freya and Frigg as being at least nominally distinct goddesses, the similarities between them run deep. Their differences, however, are superficial and can be satisfactorily explained by consulting the history and evolution of the common Germanic goddess whom the Norse were in the process of splitting into Freya and Frigg sometime shortly before the conversion of Scandinavia and Iceland to Christianity (around the year 1000 CE). As we’ve noted above, the Migration Period goddess who later became Freya was the wife of the god who later became Odin. While somewhat veiled, this is ultimately still the case in Old Norse literature. Freya’s husband is named Óðr, a name which is virtually identical to that of Óðinn (the Old Norse form of “Odin”). Óðr means “ecstasy, inspiration, furor.” Óðinn is simply the word óðr with the masculine definite article (-inn) added onto the end. The two names come from the same word and have the same meaning. Óðr is an obscure and seldom-mentioned character in Old Norse literature. The one passage that tells us anything about his personality or deeds – anything beyond merely listing his name in connection with Freya – comes from the Prose Edda, which states that Óðr is often away on long journeys, and that Freya can often be found weeping tears of red gold over his absence. [11] Many of the surviving tales involving Odin have him traveling far and wide throughout the Nine Worlds, to the point that he’s probably more often away from Asgard than within it. Many of Odin’s numerous bynames allude to his wanderings or are names he assumed to disguise his identity while abroad. Thus, it’s hard to see Freya’s husband as anything but an only nominally distinct extension of Odin. Freyja and Frigg are similarly accused of infidelity to their (apparently common) husband. Alongside the several mentions of Freya’s loose sexual practices can be placed the words of the medieval Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus, who relates that Frigg slept with a slave on at least one occasion. [12] In Lokasenna and the Ynglinga Saga, Odin was once exiled from Asgard, leaving his brothers Vili and Ve in command. In addition to presiding over the realm, they also regularly slept with Frigg until Odin’s return.[13][14] Many scholars have tried to differentiate between Freya and Frigg by asserting that the former is more promiscuous and less steadfast than the latter,[15] but these tales suggest otherwise. Frigg is depicted as a völva herself. Once again in Lokasenna, after Loki slanders Frigg for her infidelity, Freya warns him that Frigg knows the fate of all beings, an intimation of her ability to perform seidr.[16]Frigg’s weaving activities are likely an allusion to this role as well. And, as it turns out, Freya is not the only goddess to own a set of bird-of-prey feathers for shapeshifting – Frigg is also in possession of one.[17] The word for “Friday” in Germanic languages (including English) is named after Frija,[18] the Proto-Germanic goddess who is the foremother of Freya and Frigg. None of the other Germanic peoples seem to have spoken of Frija as if she were two goddesses; this approach is unique to the Norse sources. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that in the Norse sources we find a confusion as to which goddess this day should have as its namesake. Both Freyjudagr (from Freyja) and Frjádagr (from Frigg) are used. The names of the two goddesses are also particularly interesting in this regard. Freyja, “Lady,” is a title rather than a true name. It’s a cognate of the modern German word Frau, which is used in much the same way as the English title “Mrs.” In the Viking Age, Scandinavian and Icelandic aristocratic women were sometimes called freyjur, the plural of freyja.[19] “Frigg,” meanwhile, comes from an ancient root that means “beloved.”[20] Frigg’s name therefore links her to love and desire, precisely the areas of life over which Freya presides. Here again we can discern the ultimate reducibility of both goddesses to one another: one’s name is identical to the other’s attributes, and the other name is a generic title rather than a unique name. Clearly, then, the two are ultimately the same goddess. Why, then, are they presented as nominally distinct in the late Old Norse sources? Unfortunately, no one really knows."
  12. Call to Vikings!

    Yeah it seems there's no real consensus on that one. I've read a few argument for and against. The Aesir and the Vanir was at war for a long time. After many turns it came to a truce. As was the case back then both warring sides received hostages and so Freya who was a Vanir went to live with the Aesir. I couldn't remember all the arguments for and against so I looked it up. This blog post is pretty well written I thought. http://celto-germanic.blogspot.com/2014/08/frigg-and-freyja-originally-same-deity.html?m=1 Spoken like a true Viking!
  13. Call to Vikings!

    Yeah. Interesting how all traditions from all over the world (independently) seem to have a 7 day week.
  14. Call to Vikings!

    I'm no expert but I think the names have changed over time. The Latin inspired Roman names were based on their gods, (maybe the names of the planets were too?) Which were then changed by the early Germanic people based on the Norse gods. But I don't really know.
  15. Call to Vikings!

    There's actually a fair chance Frigg and Freya are the same person. Different time epochs just name them slightly differently but with identical back stories.