When Your “Traditional Polytheism” Isn’t

  • When you ignore the historical, archaeological, and even genetic evidence of not just trade, but intermarrying between pre-Christian societies dominating Europe, and frankly everyone they traded with.
  • when you make shit up, and pretty transparently so. Like, what even is this shit? Especially when it’s so easily disproved, and, frankly, ludicrous. (See also this page from Viking Answer Lady, who has done a lot of research, for a more conversational tone.)
  • When you say shit like “white / European heritage” — there is literally no such thing. Even today, even with the European Union —a formalised political alliance, not unlike formalised alliances of ancient times— there is no such thing as this mythical “European culture” that is simply a code for white supremacists / separatists to identify eachother and attempt to veil their own racism. There is Greek heritage, French heritage, Welsh heritage, Albanian, Icelandic, Spanish, Basque, and so on. Frankly, even before WWII, most people of European nations were far kinder to those of the African diaspora, especially African Americans, than those in the US; singer, actress, and dancer Josephine Baker emigrated to France in the 1920s, and rather swiftly entered high society, marrying (white) Frenchmen. The idea of keeping “races” (which has a tellingly different definition to Americans than it does pretty much everywhere else in the world) separate is born of white supremacism.
  • When you make claims of wanting to emulate how things work with polytheists in European countries, but a modicum of research into even the reconstructionist groups in Germany (for example) show, no, you’re a LOT more racist, and so is your group.

Feel free to recommend me other items to this list. I’m sure there are other examples I haven’t thought of.

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2 thoughts on “When Your “Traditional Polytheism” Isn’t

  1. When you mistake traditional polytheism for traditional society and end up having a fossilized polytheism that does no justice to religious tradition because you failed to grasp how several historical polytheisms lacked fixed doctrines and evolved along with society.

    Also, when you call yourself a traditional polytheist because you want a religious excuse to be a bigot – e.g. my ancestors weren’t black, so practicing their religion justifies my racism – and you therefore couldn’t care less about religion, because what you’re really into is politics or self-justified human stupidity.

    And when what you do is really just monotheism with more gods, because you have a hard time accepting the notion of multiple sources of authority, diverse values, no orthodoxy, cross-cultural pantheons or cults , all of which you equate with chaos and flies in the face of your romanticized view of an orderly and uniform past.

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