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Author: Donald Smith

donaldDonald came to the Kindred through Crystal, after he moved to Pennsylvania from Texas.  He has been with the Kindred since late 2012 but took his oath the summer of 2013. He comes from a Baptist background, but once he was able to think for himself he started casually searching for something else that moved him spiritually, and then the Kindred fell into his lap.  He prays regularly to Ing/Freyr and honors his ancestors and celebrates with the folk.

Outside of the Kindred, Donald has a passion for home-made root beer, enjoys raising chickens and learning to farm from Crystal, and playing video games. He is a professional waste water operator for the government, so he really knows his “shit”.  Yes, that is Donald’s humor.

The Bonds of Frith

One thing that differentiates GVK from some other Heathen groups is its oath of frith. People can stand shoulder to shoulder within the same ritual space to honor the gods, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have frith.  Frith is something more. It is a sacred sentiment that turns a kindred from a church into …

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Sacred Gifting

We Are Our Gifts

The spring sun warmly embraces us as I stand outside with the others. We have gathered at the edge of the farmhouse property. The air is an interesting mixture of flora in full bloom and pungent scents wafting in from the nearby barn. Just beyond us lay a copse of woods; hiding within are a …

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Conceptions of the Afterlife

Great Valley Kindred often finds itself in opposition to sentiments in mainstream Asatru/Heathenry.  One of these areas where we find ourselves nonplussed is the topic of a Heathen afterlife.  The very obsession with death and afterlife is misplaced, as we will discuss.  But more immediately, the common conceptions of afterlife that grip modern Heathenry (as …

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The Meadhall and Symbel

This article seeks to provide a brief overview of the place of the Meadhall within the Anglo-Saxon tradition, as well as its central rite, the symbel.  This piece is to be understood as a continuation of, and final sequel to, larger articles on Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Saxon Heathenry.   Prologue: Early Germans At the dawn of …

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