Seana Fenner, also known as Odinia, is the founder of Odinia International, a worldwide native European Odinist organization whose headquarters are based in Hawai`i. She did her graduate work in archaeology at Oxford, has created and taught archaeoastronomy courses for the physics department at the University of Hawai`i, and worked for the NASA Infrared Telescope. She has two upcoming books, one on archaeoastronomy and another on Odinist ritual. Fenner is the author and narrator of the Odinist podcast video redes (sermons) and blots (rituals) on the Odinistpodcast Channel on youtube. In this interview, we touch on Fenner's awakening to Odinism and look at the hurdles faced by those who are indoctrinated to filter religion through a Semitic lense. We compare Odin the King God to the monotheistic father god of Abrahamic religions, and Seana highlights the 9 Noble Virtues that form the base of Odinist ethics. Then, Seana delves into civil rights challenges commonly faced by Odinist kindreds as well as the thousand year history of persecution of Odinists. We consider the differences between universalist religious practices and the traditional tribalism that is adhered to by Odinists, and we look upon some of the wonderful customs associated with Beltaine or Walpugisnacht. Further, Seana emphasizes how Christian customs have distorted the original context of our ancient European traditions in the name of egalitarianism. We also explore why actively participating in our own culture is so very important for European folk in preserving diversity and embracing the spiritual manifestation of its people. We conclude with a look at the current decaying state of so many virtue-less Western ideologies that have truly created the perfect platform for celebrating meritocracy and the rebirth of Odinism.
Authors website: http://odinia.org/
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