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Varg Vikernes
"Reflections on European Mythology and Polytheism" 2015

Varg Vikernes - Reflections on European Mythology and Polytheism

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Hygieia

Because of their pseudo-scientific evolution religion most modern men think of themselves as the peak of evolution, and they think of all men who lived in the ages before this age as inferior; less evolved, less intelligent, more ignorant and so forth. It is hard to avoid these ideas in our age, because they are so dominant, so much propagated and so rarely questioned. So let us question them...

The first common mistake most modern men make is to assume that the ancients were so filthy all the time, and therefore perished en masse because of tiny infections and perhaps also illnesses that we would not suffer our deaths from today, because of our good hygiene. However, hygiene is not only something modern man is very passionate about, it is also a word based on the name of the Greek-Roman goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation; Hygieia. She in turn was the daughter of Asclepius, the god of medicine, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. The Scandinavian Hygieia would be Heimdallr. Asclepius would be Baldr/Bragi and Epione would be Îðunn/Nanna. So these are not only Greek or Roman deities. They were found all over (the biological) Europe.

Naturally, cultures with deities for health, medicine, cleanliness, sanitation and the soothing of pain are hardly very filthy, ignorant and smelly, or likely to gain an infection every time they cut themselves on some thorn in the forest. In Rome and Greece they had baths, even public baths, and in Scandinavia they had an entire week-day dedicated to this sole purpose, of cleaning, washing and tidying up. The Saturday in Scandinavia is because of this called lørdag, from Norse laugardagr («washing day»).

So, Christianity is the root of all these negative views on our forebears, because when Europe descended into the spiritual darkness of Christianity it did indeed also degenerate into one big cesspool, one big sewer of filth and stench, and it didn’t t escape this sewer until during the Renaissance (i.e. the start of a re-introduction of also the hygiene of the pre-Christian Europeans). Christians often fail to understand that there was something before Christianity, and the modern world is based on their world view, so they do think of their forebears as filthy degenerates.

We are not retarded though, so we should manage to think longer than this, and realise that the ancient European man was indeed a healthy, clean and well-groomed individual. Intelligent and knowledgeable. Strong and brave. European!

Varg Vikernes



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