« on: February 10, 2012, 10:50:35 AM »
I have been researching (trying to) this topic for weeks and I find it the most interesting because the information at hand is so vague. So I thought I'd make a topic on it to get everyone's opinions.
Their gods/idols as we all know are pretty much similar to their Viking counterparts but I read somewhere (can't remember where) that basically explains that their gods could of been ordinary people like poets and warriors at some point but after many years they were revered as gods. While looking into them I start getting confused because I'm torn between thinking they are these supernatural people living in a different plane of existence to us, but then at the same point I think that they could of been the same as the Viking counterparts but different name?
On wikia I found an article of a Saxon tradition where basically they appoint a tree or an old stone tower as a place of importance called the Irminsul( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irminsul) but I don't know if this is a real piece of A-S pagan puzzle and if it is what was it really used for ? Maybe a place where the earth and sky meets the pillar creating a gateway to their gods?
But the information is so vague it's unreal but during research there's little hints that like shamanistic (maybe) and "people of Ing" but it seems that everyone outside of the tribes hated it soo much that they sought out destruction on their way of life it's like they feared it like it was a plague. Maybe we could fill in the gaps by looking at the religion of the other tribes that lived along side them?
During my journey of this topic I've got to a point where I'm asking so many questions for my brain resulting in many headaches from over thinking. I hope this is a valid opinion as I'm writing this with a huge cold.