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Oaths in Theodism

From Wednesbury Shire

Theodish Belief as some call it is the “belief of the tribe.” In order to have a “belief of the tribe,” one must have a tribe. While we will never be able to achieve tribes as they were in the days of old, we can attempt to mimic tribalism by formulating a common identity with a common history and common culture. The ancient Anglo-Saxon Pagan tribes had a common identity and common history by virtue of many forms of bonds, not the least of which were bonds of kinship. As seen in Tacitus’ Germania, many tribes traced their origins to a common ancestor:

In their old ballads (which amongst them are the only sort of registers and history) they celebrate Tuisto, a God sprung from the earth, and Mannus his son, as the fathers and founders of the nation. To Mannus they assign three sons, after whose names so many people are called; the Ingaevones, dwelling next the ocean; the Herminones, in the middle country; and all the rest, Instaevones.

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