Fwd: Re: Intermediate Survey Course I, II, III
- Let's go back to where we were when the summer scattered us: Message
#414 from our archive.
--- In Asatru-U@egroups.com, Manny Olds <oldsma@c...> wrote:
On Thu, 15 Jun 2000, Manny Olds wrote:
) The purpose of life is to establish and maintain right
) relationships with those around us: family, community,
) the gods, wyrd. The purpose of religion is to give us
) a pattern for doing that; a religious community
) shares mutual support for the efforts of its members.
) Specifically, "To be Asatru is to blot the gods and to
) acknowledge that one's life ought to be led according
) to a moral code." [Manny's mangling of Groa's simple
) definition, under the influence of Dirk Mahling's "4
) Bedposts".] Because this feeds back and ties us into
) Wyrd in the right way.
) As I see it, Groa's outline wraps around this post three
) times in a descending spiral:
) I - III quick, shallow, review/evening up; introduces idea of
) relationships and wyrd.
) IV-VII Gets into some specifics on what we *do* about this in
) practice. Begins to show deeper connections between
) things that might seem separate on the surface.
) VIII-XI Explicit, hands-on, conscious management of wyrd
) So the readings and activities should follow this pattern,
) with the same basic facts repeated three times, but at deeper
) and more abstract levels.
With this in mind, let's revisit Wrap #1. Can we fill in some
more specific facts or concepts that the student should take away
from each section? How are we building in hooks for Wrap #2?
What about readings and activities--these seem a bit sparse here.
FIRST "WRAP" OF INTERMEDIATE OUTLINE VER. 1.0
I. Includes historical context, then and now; Asatru "rooms"
Scandinavian, Germanic, Anglo-Saxon, even Gothic.
Rationale: provides context for the rest of the course.
Activity: Sitting out & extending perceptions; informal personal
offering to being(s) of choice.
Reading: Reeves Hall "Asatru in Brief" brochure; begin reading
II. Wyrd and Orlog
Includes oaths and blood-siblinghood; introduces idea of standards of
Rationale: central principle of Germanic thought; informs everything
Reading: Selected extracts from Egil's Saga.
III. Gods and Other Etins
Their nature; they are subject to wyrd; highlights of god-roster.
Rationale: gives students an understanding of who offerings are made
_to_ for next section. Keeps people reading the myths (begun in Part
Activity: Choose a specific god; write/present a very short bio or
description of that god, including something about personality or
Reading: Finish Crossley-Holland. Begin ???
Manny Olds <oldsma@c...> of Riverdale Park, Maryland, USA
Sometimes you give a guy a fish, sometimes you teach him to fish,
sometimes you establish a fisherman training school, and sometimes you
have to let him find his own solution.