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Thu, 15 Jun



The Search for Odinn by Shani Oates

Shani Oates presents this interesting work on Odinn, who has been scandalised and deified in equal measure by medieval churchmen, demonising pre-Christian beliefs, and more recently by the romantic idealists and nationalists of the 20th Century.

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The Search for Odinn by Shani Oates
The Search for Odinn by Shani Oates

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15 Jun 2023, 17:30 – 18:30


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The key to Óðinn’s real identity resides in the culture of the Scandinavian and Germanic peoples whose principle values, morals and ethics that maintained the health, welfare and well-being of the community, were in the gift of divinised spirits, ancestral and of the land or hearth. 

Oates argues that Óðinn, was never thus a ‘god’ of the people; conversely, he represented only the well-being of the lid or fyrd, a primary function for warriors as an elite cult. How that cult emerged, and from what sources and influences, is the quest the book seeks to fulfil.

Spanning the Romanised Cults of  Mercury and the Matrones and Slavic animisms, Oates' research pushes past conventional boundaries into the totemic practises of Eurasian peoples while remaining faithfully aligned to stringent archaeological and anthropological discoveries. The book is nonetheless composed with passion, drama, heroism, romance and pathos.

From Asia to east Anglia, the search for Óðinn is herewith concluded.

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