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Author Topic: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland  (Read 6140 times)

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Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« on: January 04, 2016, 12:10:17 pm »
I'm not Asatruar, but I totally want to be here for a winter solstice, once it's built. I'd freeze my ass off, and it will make for one hell of a long Up All Night celebration...but it'd be worth doing at least once. And maybe I'd get to see the northern lights, finally.

Spiritual dimensions – a visit to the site of Iceland’s new Pagan temple

"the spot where a new Pagan temple was to be built, the first of its kind in northern Europe in over 1,000 years"

http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/iceland-pagan-temple

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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2016, 10:15:31 pm »
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I'm not Asatruar, but I totally want to be here for a winter solstice, once it's built. I'd freeze my ass off, and it will make for one hell of a long Up All Night celebration...but it'd be worth doing at least once. And maybe I'd get to see the northern lights, finally.

Spiritual dimensions – a visit to the site of Iceland’s new Pagan temple

"the spot where a new Pagan temple was to be built, the first of its kind in northern Europe in over 1,000 years"

http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/iceland-pagan-temple

The actual design drawings are here.

Well that looks damn awesome. :-D Seems like they're doing everything right. It's been a dream of mine too to see the northern lights, particularly on the back of an Icelandic pony.

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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2016, 10:49:28 am »
Quote from: Altair;184460
I'm not Asatruar, but I totally want to be here for a winter solstice, once it's built. I'd freeze my ass off, and it will make for one hell of a long Up All Night celebration...but it'd be worth doing at least once. And maybe I'd get to see the northern lights, finally.

Spiritual dimensions – a visit to the site of Iceland’s new Pagan temple

"the spot where a new Pagan temple was to be built, the first of its kind in northern Europe in over 1,000 years"

http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/iceland-pagan-temple

The actual design drawings are here.


You are aware they don't believe the gods are real.

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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2016, 11:09:45 am »
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You are aware they don't believe the gods are real.

But, they welcome all people to the temple, meaning people who do believe in the gods have a place to hold ritual and worship. And, to me at least, that's more valuable than having pious founders.
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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2016, 03:23:11 pm »
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I'm not Asatruar, but I totally want to be here for a winter solstice, once it's built. I'd freeze my ass off, and it will make for one hell of a long Up All Night celebration...but it'd be worth doing at least once. And maybe I'd get to see the northern lights, finally.

Spiritual dimensions – a visit to the site of Iceland’s new Pagan temple

"the spot where a new Pagan temple was to be built, the first of its kind in northern Europe in over 1,000 years"

http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/iceland-pagan-temple

The actual design drawings are here.

 
That's really cool.

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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2016, 04:15:46 pm »
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But, they welcome all people to the temple, meaning people who do believe in the gods have a place to hold ritual and worship. And, to me at least, that's more valuable than having pious founders.

 
Ah, that is nice to hear! I heard they would close the temple to foreigners because of that shit they received about gay marriage a while back, and the threats of getting the temple "hallowed" in animal blood by people who wanted it done their way rather than the Icelandic way. I am happy to hear that they've changed their minds - hopefully, that means the neo-nazi "Asatrolls" have backed down from their backs.

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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2016, 04:18:24 pm »
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Ah, that is nice to hear! I heard they would close the temple to foreigners because of that shit they received about gay marriage a while back, and the threats of getting the temple "hallowed" in animal blood by people who wanted it done their way rather than the Icelandic way. I am happy to hear that they've changed their minds - hopefully, that means the neo-nazi "Asatrolls" have backed down from their backs.


 
AFAIK, things have gotten better? But I don't know much, and it's a shame neo-nazi fucks have to exist. Hopefully they *have* backed off.
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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2016, 11:11:12 pm »
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You are aware they don't believe the gods are real.

 
Who, Ásatrúarfélagið? They're not orthodoctrinal, and they lean towards softer polytheism than a lot of NAmerican Asatruar do, but that's hardly the same as 'don't believe the gods are real'.

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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2016, 04:32:05 pm »
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But, they welcome all people to the temple, meaning people who do believe in the gods have a place to hold ritual and worship. And, to me at least, that's more valuable than having pious founders.

 
Considering what leader has said about those who do believe the gods are real I would not be comfortable going there. I also think people need to be aware that there no only don't believe the don't care for people who do. They consider them to be like conservative Christians.

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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2016, 04:33:41 pm »
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Who, Ásatrúarfélagið? They're not orthodoctrinal, and they lean towards softer polytheism than a lot of NAmerican Asatruar do, but that's hardly the same as 'don't believe the gods are real'.

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They don't believe the gods exist. I read an interview the leader did. But I am not arguing with a you a this point.

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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2016, 01:27:23 pm »
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Well that looks damn awesome. :-D Seems like they're doing everything right. It's been a dream of mine too to see the northern lights, particularly on the back of an Icelandic pony.

TC field trip?!

I've been giving this quite a bit of thought. And I don't understand why people are so hung up on going to an Icelandic temple (unless they are Icelandic themselves).

Why not build your own? I mean, historically speaking most temples/hofs/whatever were very much local affairs. The Icelanders have their thing, we here in north America have our various local foci, etc.

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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2016, 01:51:01 pm »
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I've been giving this quite a bit of thought. And I don't understand why people are so hung up on going to an Icelandic temple (unless they are Icelandic themselves).

Why not build your own? I mean, historically speaking most temples/hofs/whatever were very much local affairs. The Icelanders have their thing, we here in north America have our various local foci, etc.


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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
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So I guess that building a horgr or hof in your backyard or patio planter is a comparable experience to visiting one and seeing what it is and how it is used and the kinds of people who use it within its/their own social, geographical, and cultural context.


So they are automatically better since it's in Iceland? They are working off the same archeological information everyone else is.

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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2016, 01:57:56 pm »
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So they are automatically better since it's in Iceland? They are working off the same archeological information everyone else is.

 
So going to see how another group interprets things to apply to their own needs and context is a worthless trip? I guess because nobody in the history of ever has observed what's going on in front of them and thoughtfully reflected on the hows and whys of their own interpretations of their personal stuff.

And how the hell do you figure I think it's better because it's in Iceland?
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Re: Update on New Heathen Temple in Iceland
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2016, 03:24:28 pm »
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So going to see how another group interprets things to apply to their own needs and context is a worthless trip? I guess because nobody in the history of ever has observed what's going on in front of them and thoughtfully reflected on the hows and whys of their own interpretations of their personal stuff.

And how the hell do you figure I think it's better because it's in Iceland?

I never said it was a worthless trip. I do, however, call into question the breathless excitement people appear to be expressing over someone else's church being built.

It smacks of the earlier days of heathenry (and I was guilty of this just as much as anyone else) when we practically prayed to Reykjmecca and everything Icelandic was automagically superior. Then we figured out that no, it's not superior. Just different. And that's okay.

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