Welcome to Wednesbury Shire
Wednesbury Shire is based out of Columbia, Missouri, and has members in Missouri and Illinois. Wednesbury Shire is a part of White Marsh Theod. White Marsh Theod is a religious group dedicated to the revival of the ancient pagan religions of the Anglo-Saxons, specifically the Angles. Its aims are to bring back Anglo-Saxon Heathen religious practices in all forms both social and individual. This requires that we revive the worship of the ancient Anglo-Saxon pagan Gods and Goddesses, the rites through which we worship them, as well as the social institutions, customs, and traditions of the ancient Germanic tribes. To do so we attempt to forge and strengthen the bonds of community within our organization. The group is a part of a larger movement known as Theodish Belief, a form of Germanic Paganism closely related to Asatru and Odinism.
Anglo-Saxon Paganism or Heathenry is a modern religion based on the ancient pagan tribal religions of the Germanic tribes that moved into what is now England in the 5th century. These tribes are generally thought to be the Angles, Jutes, and Saxons, although portions of other tribes such as the Frisians may have migrated also. It is therefore closely related to the ancient Norse pagan religion and shares many of the deities such as Odin (Woden) and Thor (Thunor).
Theodish Belief means "belief of the tribe." In Old English it would be Þéodisc Geléafa. Theodism maintains that worship of the Germanic Gods and Goddesses is best done in the form of a community. Therefore the community in the form of the theod or tribe is of utmost importance. Theodish Belief does not only reconstruct the religious beliefs of the ancient Germanic tribes, but also its cultural aspects as well. A theod is lead by a sacral leader who has certain duties they must perform to ensure the luck, health, and wealth of the tribe. The sacral leader is aided by an advisory council. Helping lead the tribe is the folkmoot, the free assembly of all adult members of the tribe.The folk come together to worship the Ése (Æsir) and Wen (Vanir) on a regular basis to strengthen the bonds between the folk and the Anglo-Saxon Pagan Gods and Goddesses. In doing so they also strengthen the bonds between each other.
The description of Anglo-Saxon Paganism.Social Structure of the Shire
The social structure of the shireSocial Classes of the Shire
The social classes of the shire.Oaths
How oaths operate within the shireVirtues
The virtues the shire holds dear..Anglo-Saxon Pagan Calendar
A reconstruction of the A-S calendar.
HistoryAnglo-Saxon Pagan History
Hisotry of Anglo-Saxon PaganismHistory of Theodism
The history of Theodish Belief
The nine realms..Wyrd
Wyrd or "karma."Sacred and Holy
The sacred and holy within Theodism.Frith
The concept of Frith.The Soul
Beliefs about the soul..The Afterlife
A description of the afterlife.Wights
The spirits of Theodism.Ancestors
The Gods of Wednesbury Shrie
The basic rituals of Wednesbury Shire Husel
The sacred feast Blot
The ritual rounds.Misc. Rites
Rites on birth, death, marriageLiturgy
Prayers to the GodsHoly Tides
The holidays of Paganism.Temples and Holy Sites
Holy sites of PaganismSacred Space