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09 March 2011

Praise Odin! (Pagan Origins of Ash Wednesday)

They say you learn something new every day.  Well, hopefully this will be a bit of learning for you.  It was for me.  I knew that my ancestors had a great influence on the world (just recite the days of the week as one instqance).  However, I bet that most godbotherers are totally unaware of the origin of Ash Wednesday.  Of course, that is to be exepcted, because being a strong theist generally involves an unawareness of the entire universe around them, and only focusing on the revealed words from a dude in a funny dress and hat (or whatever garb the nutter happens to wear).

Anyway, here is some interesting background history on this ritual from an Allyn Gibson:
Today is Ash Wednesday. I hadn’t realized.

A few years ago on Ash Wednesday I was out somewhere–a Barnes & Noble, I think, probably the one right near my house–and I saw a woman with the ashes marking her forehead. “Praise Odin,” I said to her. She looked at me oddly, said nothing, and walked away quickly. I couldn’t blame her; she was probably unaware of the pagan origins of Ash Wednesday. Christianity has pilfered virtually every practice and belief from non-Christian sources, enough so that it’s not unreasonable to ask if there’s an original bone in the Christian body, and Ash Wednesday came from the Norse.

Ash Wednesday is a relatively late addition to the Christian liturgical calendar, first surfacing in the tenth century according to accounts written in the eleventh. (To put things in perspective, Ash Wednesday is older than the Crusades or the Norman Conquest, younger than Charlemagne and Islam.) At least, its Christian practice dates to only a little more than a millennium ago. The Norse practice of Ash Wednesday goes back several hundred years earlier, when it was done to celebrate the deeds of Sigurd, the hero of the Volsung Saga, a character perhaps better known as Siegfried from the Ring of the Nibelung.

Or you could just go around punching people in the forehead!


BETHANNE said...

so the non politically correct blog, good deal. Ahhh the Air Force yea! My son in law is in the Air Force,a major. they have been all over. and many friends are in the Air Force area of the military. Yes, these are rituals and are witchcraft, the cross that is placed on the forehead is a form of worship to satan/lucifer. and it the sign of death being placed on the forehead. from dust to dust. These rituals are forbidden by God, all of these pagan sacrifices are. The sadness is most Catholics,as well as other "religions" practice this, it leads to 40 days to the next occult day Easter ,when Ishtar was born Many people are unaware that all these holidays are occult,as Christmas is. when Tammuz and Mithra were born. Jesus Christ was born around the last of September. Thanks fot more info God Bless you through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Larian LeQuella said...


As far as I am concerned, they are ALL silly rituals and dumb practices that are primitive, and downright nothing but superstition. Jesus never existed, and the entire god story is just made up by bronze age brutal men.

As a matter of fact, I have never understood why women would want to be part of groups that systematically marginalize and degenerate them. Is it brainwashing or some sort of Stockholm syndrome?