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What Is Heathenry?

Temple of Our Heathen Gods

[Snip] Your Ancestors Were Heathen

Many people with Northern European ancestry do not realize that the original religion of their Ancestors was not Christianity. If you go back a 1000 years or more, prior to the conversions to Christianity in Europe, our ancestors had their own native Folk Religion that was rich and meaningful in their lives.

Our People honored their own Gods and Goddesses, their ancestors, and the spirits in nature. These original Heathens were the pre-Christian Northern European peoples who lived in the lands around what is now called the North Sea. These included the people of Anglo-Saxon England, Scandinavia, and Germany.

Some of these heathens were convinced to convert to Christianity by missionaries. Some were coerced to convert based on threats of physical violence. Others converted due to political or economic pressures brought on them by Christians. And some of our ancestors were killed, because they refused to give up their Ways.

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