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This paper offers an overview of the hidden paths of Germanic mythology in the context of Indo-European cultures. Particular attention is paid to the Germanic worldview, the creation of the world, the dawn of the gods, and the psychological role of some of the most significant gods and goddesses.
Central to the book is the relationship between Germanic mythology, Christianity, and humanistic education. The author shows that Germanic mythology was distinguished by a balanced view of the world, formed thanks to the balanced position of patriarchal and matricentric gods and goddesses, and also that some of the extremely significant values of our time, such as democracy, individual and women's rights, were laid down and instilled in us precisely Scandinavians.
The author points out the significant consequences of ignoring, demonizing, rejecting and suppressing archetypal ideas about the original Germanic culture, which was and is still often considered barbaric and primitive. Neglect, demonization, rejection and suppression become the daggers that pierce resilience,
diversity and well-being of our communities. The book describes how the fundamental act of divination by Odin, who voluntarily hanged himself on the World Tree, gave humanity access to the collective unconscious and the autonomization of the Ego. One appears to be the archetype of the therapist following the psychodynamic tradition.
The book ends with a call for increased archetypal literacy, which the author considers a roadmap to peace.
Copyright © by Chiron Publications. The original title of the book is “The Hidden Pathways of Germanic Mythology: On the Neglected, Demonized, Repulsed, and Repressed Archetypical Representations of Original Germanic Culture.” The original version of the book was released in 2019.
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Chapter 1. Prologue 27
1.1. On the importance of Germanic mythology 30
1.2. Mythological and archetypal lobotomy? 33
1.3. Mythology and psychology in Jungian theory 34
1.4. Structure and task of work 38
Chapter 2. Indo-European invasion, Germanic tribes
and barbarism 43
2.1. Indo-European languages 43
2.2. Indo-European invasions and conquest of cultures of Old Europe 47
2.3. Movement of the Germanic tribes 52
2.4. Rome, barbarian invasions and nation states 55
2.5. Barbarism, primitiveness and civilization 58
2.6. Conclusion 60
Chapter 3. Available data on Germanic mythology 63
3.1. Latin texts 64
3.2. Early Christian Texts 67
3.3. Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon texts 69
3.4. East German texts 76
3.5. Central European texts 78
3.6. Non-European texts 83
3.7. Scientific studies of Germanic mythology 84
3.8. Conclusion 86
Chapter 4. Ancient Germanic literature and poetry 89
4.1. Runes 90
4.2. Alliterative verse, heyties and kennings 95
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4.3. German poetry 98
4.4. Conclusion 100
Chapter 5. Are all the elements of Germanic mythology
Central Europe lost? 103
5.1. Federal State and Independent Citizens 104
5.2. Names of the six days of the week 109
5.3. Names of Germanic gods in place names 110
5.4. Symbols, tradition and words 110
5.5. Underground creatures 116
5.6. Wild hunting and other manifestations of wild pursuits 117
5.7. Symbols and Celebrations 119
5.8. Science fiction in literature and cinema 120
5.9. The Freemasons Movement (Freemasonry) and Germanic Mythology 121
5.10. Conclusion 122
Chapter 6. Elements of Germanic mythology 125
6.1. Creation of the World 127
6.2. Cosmography and the World Tree Yggdrasil 131
6.3. Female images associated with fate 135
6.4. Giants and Dwarves 138
6.5. Asgard and the Scandinavian gods 139
6.5.1. Odin / Wotan 143
6.5.2. Freya 153
6.5.3. Thor 156
6.5.4. Idunn 159
6.5.5. Loki 161
6.5.6. Balder 163
6.5.7. Mimir 167
6.5.8. Frigg 170
6.6. Germanic gods of Central Europe 172
6.6.1. Tyr/Ziu/Tiu 173
6.6.2. Nerta 174
6.6.3. Ostara 175
6.6.4. Mothers and matrons 176
6.7. Ragnarok and the end of times 177
6.8. New Earth after Ragnarok 182
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