Wende 8

The “half-yearly Odalistic periodical” continues to grow, literally this time, because where “Wende” used to be an A5 booklet, the size is now A4, while there are still 56 pages. Also the layout changed a little which is already clear from the cover. After the opening, the first article is for Aat van Gilst of whom two books are reviewed in the last part of the magazine. Van Gilst’s article is about the second so-called “Merseburg incantation” (or “spell”) in which he compares the text to similar texts in other sources. The concerning spell is the famous spell to heal a broken horses foot and Van Gilst investigates the characters that are mentioned and quotes Dutch and German folklore, Anglo-Saxon poety and even Vedas to show that such healing spells where common in Indo-European religions. Next up with an interview with the French Asatru group “Les Fils d’Odin” (“sons of Odin”) which works nationwide, even into the warm south of the country. The next article is “thoughs on Ymir and the kosmogonic myth”. This article is very speculative and quite unconvincing, but of course, when nobody dares to leave the known paths, new insights will never come. The other cross-references our own texts, does etymological investigations (suggestions) and tends to find moon-symbolism all over the myth. Another long article is about “ecology and Odalism” which is an in depth text about a different way of looking at ecology than the traditional antropocentric or commercial (exploiting) views on nature. The article is well-written and gives some nice food for thought. In the previous issue the first part of a trilogy about the Wild Hunt was started, this time the author looks at Eastern-Dutch folklore and concludes that the Wild Hunt is not necessarily lead by Odin, but can also be lead by Freyr. “People Of The Night” is the title of an article about nightly creatures such as (night)mares, ‘white vixens’, alves, dwares, goblins, etc. There are a few shorter texts, book reviews and poetry to make another varried read. What I missed was the ‘ethno-botanical corner’, but I am sure a new article will be ready for the next issue, right? Click on the cover to go to the website of Werkgroep Hagal to get your copy of this magazine in the Dutch language.

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