What is Theodish Belief?
"The universe, the Northern Path, the true folk religion, is not at all a journey into the "self;" that idea in itself is magical, a reification, and a mere romantic palliative, not a cure. The true "journey" is not into the self at all, but its opposite: community." - Garman Lord
There are probably a dozen or so websites out there that can give you a definition of "Theodish Belief", filled with all manner of technical details, boring history lessons, and explorations into dead languages and long forgotten mythologies. This website will try to circumvent this long held convention.
Defining "Theodish Belief" is fairly simple. If you were to ask an ancient Anglo-Saxon pagan "What do you believe?", after a look of confusion and a furrowed brow, his answer probably would have been something like "Mín þéodisc geléafa." or in our New English "My people's belief."
There are many religions out there that worship the ancient gods of Europe, and each is as valid and real as the next; however, we feel there is something very special and unique about the way we do it. As Garman Lord, the founder of our religious tradition, says above "the journey is not into the self... but community."
The Theodish community is centered on the notion of frith, sometimes translated as "peace", but this is a gross simplification of a very multifacitated concept. Frith is a state of being that exists when all the right conditions exist. The goal of the Theodsman is to ensure that they are doing everything to cause these conditions to manifest.
The description of Anglo-Saxon Paganism.Virtues
The virtues the shire holds dear..Anglo-Saxon Pagan Calendar
A reconstruction of the A-S calendar.
HistoryAnglo-Saxon Pagan History
History of Anglo-Saxon Paganism
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 Shire
The basic rituals of Wednesbury ShireHusel
The sacred feastBlot
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