The Gods

uppsala temple

The first thing that should be said is that as a polytheist I believe in many gods. The Anglo-Saxons knew of only a small fraction of the gods as can be seen from the sheer number of gods in so many cultures across the planet. It is not my place to define a “pantheon” of gods as somehow separate. Instead I hold that the gods of most cultures are fundamentally the same kinds of entities; a great plethora of powerful gods then exist among all polytheistic cultures. I cannot say if some overlap and are the same entity. To me, some seem very similar (Thunor – Thor – Donner) but the similarities begin to diverge the farther out from a culture and time that you get (Thunor – Thor – Donner – Perun – Indra etc.). So therefore it is best practice to treat these entities as though they are separate, especially in culturally separated groups, and to enjoy the diversity of the gods rather than try to boil them down into archetypes. The reason being that you begin to lose the details that do not overlap as you expand outward until all that remains is one or two common elements having removed what makes the gods unique and individual. I therefore reject the idea of separate pantheons of gods. That said, I am mostly focused on understanding the religious practices of ancient Germanic polytheists, in particular the Anglo-Saxons. I have devoted untold time to studies to understand their world-view and I do not have the same depth of grasp for other peoples and cultures and times. It is therefore my goal to form a relationship with the gods within an Anglo-Saxon framework.

To this end, here is a list of some of the gods:

  • Sunne (Sol)
  • Mona
  • Tiw
  • Woden
  • Thunor
  • Frig
  • Ing
  • Baeldaeg
  • Hrethe
  • Eostre
  • Eorthe (Folde)
  • Beowa
  • Weland
  • Hengist & Horsa
  • Sibb
  • Wada
  • Wuldor
  • Niht
  • The Wyrde
    • Spinel
    • Metten
    • Deaþ