Monthly Archive: February 2016

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Ranting Recon: The Many Paths of the Dead

The Heathen community has always had a bit of a fixation on the concept of Valhalla. Thanks to the popularizing forces of Marvel, and to a certain extent Snorri Sturluson, there’s this all too common idea of Valhalla as this glorious ‘Heathen Heaven’. Meanwhile Helheim is painted as a bleak and unpleasant existence. This dualistic worldview is really a product of Christian cosmology, and fails to do justice to the beautiful complexity of our tradition.