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Heathen Soul Lore Foundations

Heathen Soul Lore Foundations

Ancient and Modern Germanic Pagan Concepts of the Souls

ByWinifred RoseDale Wood

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[B&W version.] Heathen Soul Lore Foundations presents a living spiritual landscape, rooted in ancient Germanic languages and understanding, offered for modern Heathens to explore and use in their own spiritual practice. This book also presents an approach for identifying and exploring ancient concepts of ‘what a soul is’ that may be of interest to followers of other branches of historically based modern Paganism, and to scholars of comparative religion. Linguistic analysis, literature, folklore, comparative religion, anthropology, esoteric and philosophical approaches are used to analyze old Germanic-language words relating to 'the soul'. The following souls, identified through this process, are thoroughly reviewed: Ferah, Ahma, Ghost, Hama, Aldr, Mod, Hugr, Sefa, and Saiwalo. Both scholarly and inspirational perspectives are taken, intended to stimulate both intellectual and imaginative exploration of these soul-concepts and the world-view which opens out from them. This book is richly illustrated images in order to stimulate engagement of the imagination in comprehending these abstract entities and their metaphysical contexts. // Review by Diana L. Paxson, author of "Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism": “Since she first sent me the article on “Heathen Full-Souls” for Idunna: A Journal of Northern Tradition in 2006, I have been fascinated by Winifred Hodge Rose’s development of the concept of the souls as an interactive system. I am delighted to see the full presentation of so many years of patient research and contemplation becoming available at last. In Winifred’s hands, philology becomes a spiritual adventure, as words from the old Germanic languages reveal new insights into who we are and our place in the spiritual universe.” // Review by John Michael Greer, author of "A World Full of Gods": “Winifred Rose has done an excellent job of gathering and synthesizing material about Heathen soul lore from a wide range of disparate sources. The resulting book is a scholarly, thorough resource that belongs on the bookshelf of every Heathen, and everyone interested in the subject.” // Review by Cat Heath, author of "Elves, Witches & Gods: Spinning Old Heathen Magic in the Modern Day": “There’s a wonderful shaping and hope-bringing quality to the work here that I think will play a key role in helping to move Heathenry towards something deep and infinitely satisfying. It's really hard to overstate the impact this book could have.”


Publication Date
Oct 27, 2021
Religion & Spirituality
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Winifred Rose, By (artist): Dale Wood


Linen Wrap
Interior Color
Black & White
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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