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This group exists to discuss and explore the traditions of the Deitsch (Pennsylvania German) culture, including the healing practice of Braucherei, the magical practice of Hexerei, and the Heathen path called Urglaawe.

Although this list is Heathen focused, it covers the totality of our ancestors' experiences. The aim is to recover our folk faith, our Urglaawe, which remains a living, organic system within our nation's healing arts, folk art, farming practices, herbal lore (including Blanzeheilkunscht and Blanzeschwetze), and folklore.

The Deitsch nation is comprised mostly of the descendants of migrants from the German lands (most notably the Palatinate, Rhineland, Graub√ľnden, Alsace, and Swabia, but also Moravia, Pomerania, and Silesia, et al) who arrived in Philadelphia and other Colonial and American ports between 1683-1820.

On topic are the various art forms and cultural expressions of the Deitsch. Deitsch food ways, herbal practices, and contributions to the American way of life are appropriate topics.

FOR NEW MEMBERS: Please introduce yourself and provide a little background as to your interest in our list. We value our online community and appreciate knowing a bit about the people with whom we are interacting. Blank profiles will not be approved. We also value participation in our list, so please be prepared for active conversation. Please, no rudeness, flaming, or tearing down other cultures. Individuals who cannot adhere to this simple request will be removed. This list, above all, values harmony and frith (Fruchsfried).

Macht's immer besser!

The cover photo is of the Distelfink Statue in Spring Township, PA

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