Kicking off a new thread at the request of Knut Hamsen.
I believe, that identity really matters. If we want to chart our course for the future then we need to know where we've been and who we are as a people. We must discover our identity.
Beneath the layers of multicultural rubbish we hold deeper identities, this thread is for folks whose identity and heritage comes from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, etc.
This is not a discussion of "religion" as some might fear, although religion surely can be a part of the discussions for the simple fact that our folk have been Europeans for thousands and thousands of years and have been Christian for considerably less than two thousand, and while Scandinavia was the last to succumb to Christianity's influence it was also the first to begin shedding that influence.
In other forums I've been on Christian bashing often will surface in discussions of this nature as people discover an older pre-Christian identity anger, frustration, etc. can often rise up. Such should not be tolerated in this thread and I hope that Knut will quickly exercise his moderator abilities and extinguish such flames that can separate us as a folk rather than unite us around our shared heritage.
The purpose of this thread is to share information about our folk through a Scandinavian filter. That can include Christianity from a Scandinavian view. My Grandmother considered herself Christian, yet her words and actions were far more representative of a folkway not a "church way". Christianity in every area has absorbed a great deal of the pre-Christian indigenous beliefs, Easter and Yule (Christmas) are two examples. It is toward these deeper roots this thread will aim.
Discussions of archaeological finds, of folklore and mythology, government, language and such all have appropriateness in this thread. This thread naturally, as its title indicates is representative of a small portion of Europe, and the opinions and thoughts expressed should not be taken as statements relative to all white folks, there is much diversity within the European family, and in consideration of this, discussion of native tradition, history, language etc. outside of the above mentioned countries is best placed in other thread, as an example, the discussion of Greek Hellenic reconstruction or talk of Romuva are outside the boundaries of this thread.
So, why do I think these things are important? Obviously, they are important enough that those who push toward globalism and a disgusting multicultural society work hard to sever all people from their native tradition and heritage, to erase their identity and replace it with one fitting a global multicultural society of obedience and servitude.
We need only look to Germany in the 20th century to see how strongly such an identity can unite and empower a people, or look to current Hispanic groups like "La Raza" to see how a strong cultural identification can rally people.
I believe there is nothing but positive benefit in having this thread and talking about our folk, our folkways, and the rich legacy of our ancestors.
Here is a super short reading list of English titles for anyone new to this topic.
Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson
Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions by H.R. Ellis Davidson
The Poetic Edda (any translation will do)
The Prose Edda (again, any translation will do)
Viking Age Iceland by Jesse Byock (a very insightful look into Icelandic Society and Government. Very thought provoking)
The bibliographies in these books will give you more reading.