Germanic Paganism Still Alive
Long time before Christianity was brought to Northern Europe, people were pagan who worshiped old trees.
Today, in particular “Yggdrasill” – a huge mythical tree in the Edda Saga (13th century) – is still known. Yggdrasil is the centre of the cosmos connects the nine worlds in Norse cosmology.
The gods go to Yggdrasil daily to assemble at their things (aka “governing assemblies”). The branches of Yggdrasil extend far into the heavens, and the tree is supported by three roots that extend far away into other loca-tions; one to the well Urðarbrunnr in the heavens, one to the spring Hvergelmir, and another to the well Mímisbrunnr. Creatures live within Yggdrasil, including the dragon Níðhöggr, an unnamed eagle, and the stags Dáinn, Dvalinn, Duneyrr and Duraþrór.
Yggdrasil is linked to the many sacred trees and groves in Germanic paganism and mythology.
If you want to hurt somebody`s feelings, cut off his tree.
Even nowadays, you will notice a special relationship of Germans to trees and forrests.
Trees are regarded as “friends, “comfort-givers”, “protectors”, “personalities”, “source of life”, “secret keepers”, “witness”, “final resort”, “home”, “memory across generations”, “family members” (No, our family will never allow that our very old apple tree will be touched!)…
Just looking at photos of beautiful trees and forrest makes me feel better…
Dragon’s Blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari), endemic to island, Diksam Plateau, central Socotra Island, Yemen, Middle East
Mononoke no mori Forest. UNESCO World Heritage
Fighting for Woods
19th Sep. 2018 – Police Forces were trying to clear the “Hambacher Forst”, which was occupied by protestors to protect this forrest from destruction in favor of coal mining business.
One photo journalist died at this day, he accidentally fell of a rope bridge that was connecting two tree houses, when taking pictures.
Back to Nature – The Friedwald, the most popular alternative to a conventional Cemetery in Germania
The popularity of “cemeteries in the forrest” called “Friedwald” (= Peace-Forrest) is growing continuously in Germany. Here, you can burry the ashes of the deceased at the roots of your special (reserved and marked) tree. The meditation takes place in the woods too. Religious believes are becoming less and less important. Thus, the ceremony is totally customized to the demands of the family.
“The Farewell is the Birth of Memories.” – Family Tree of the Family Reuters
Back to the Roots – Yes, I would like to become one with my selected tree as well if it is time to go….following the call of my ancestors waiting for me in Walhalla.
My bronze Frija (= Asen goddess, warrior and wife of Odin, who knows everything but doesn`t always share her Knowledge – and who is known for weaving clouds…)
(Frija was designed by the Northern German Sculptor Nando Kallweit)