reply to post by DarknStormy
Norse mythology recounts how the god Balder was killed using a mistletoe arrow by his rival god Hoder while fighting for the female
Actually, the mistletoe in Norse mythology was an accident. The Aesir Loki, the trickster-god, was jealous of the popularity of Balder, Odin's prized
son, and the messianic-god.
However, Baldr's mother, Frigga, had previously secured promise from every conceivable thing on the planet that they would not harm Balder. So,
despite Loki's jealousy and envy, nothing he wielded could harm Baldr. However, Frigga had overlooked one thing: mistletoe. She had not been worried
about mistletoe, because she did not believe it was capable of causing harm.
Loki discovered this, and began to plot. In order to prevent himself from being blamed though, Loki needed to find a scapegoat to take the fall for
him. This happened to be Höðr, Baldr's brother, who also happened to be blind.
The event itself, went like this:
Loki found Höðr, sadly sitting beside the Aesir. He asked Höðr why he was sad. Höðr told Loki that, because he was blind, he could not
participate in the game the other Aesir were playing. Loki asked what the game was, and Höðr explained that the Aesir were throwing weapons at
Baldr, because he could not be hurt by them. Loki offered to help Höðr shoot an arrow at Baldr. Höðr agreed, wanting to participate in the game.
Loki proceeded to give Höðr a bow, and an arrow made of mistletoe. Höðr pulled back, and released. The mistletoe, being the only thing capable of
harming Baldr, shot him straight through the heart, killing him instantly.
It was not a rivalry over the hand of Nanna. The goddess Nanna so loved Baldr, that she died of grief when his funeral pyre was erected. There was
never any rivalry for her hand.
A recounting of this myth can be found in Myths of the Norsemen: from the Eddas to the Sagas
, collected by H.A. Guerber. Just using Google will
produce a number of accounts of the myth as well.
Druid rituals use mistletoe to poison their human sacrificial victim.
Most of the sources of "Celtic sacrifice," actually comes from Roman writers. The Roman historians, however, were anything but unbiased.
They did everything they could to try and demonize the Celts when the Celts were their enemies (sacrificial, heathen and uncultured, etc).
Yet, when the Romans and the Celts worked in unison, the Romans all of a sudden tried to ascribe their own paganism as the root of Celtic belief.
This was how deities like Bel, from the Gaulish-Celts, came to be associated with Apollo, the solar-child of Rome; or how Oghma, the Irish-Celtic god
of wisdom and skill, came to be associated with Hermes/Mercury, the Grecco-Roman god of wisdom, and medicine.
The Romans tried to tie Celtic culture into their own.
Which, actually, is the same thing that this article seems to be doing. They are presenting practices from bygone cultures, without the proper
context, as a way to emotionally affect the opinions of modern-day Christians. None of these pagan rituals are any more, or less, "cultured" than the
modern practices of condemning folks to Hell, beating gays to death, or little things like the Inquisition and the murder of tens of thousands of
Irish-Celts for not converting.
If you really want a reason to rally against Christmas, use the factual one: Jesus was not born in December, and the early Church only said he was, so
that His worship could be overlaid onto solar-messiahs and dying-and-rising gods.
Solar-messiahs, who's birth and death coincide with the Solstices of the sun throughout the solar-year (Summer and Winter/Christmas); and
dying-and-rising gods, who's birth, life, and death coincide with the harvests of the year (Spring/Easter and Autumn), were concepts of divinity which
had developed thousands of years before Christianity, and which held sway over all of the people the Church wanted to rule.
A true Christian would stop celebrating Christmas because it cannot be factually linked to the doctrines of Christianity. Not because he/she
misunderstands ancient pagan practices.
~ Wandering Scribe
edit on 13/3/13 by Wandering Scribe because: spelling and grammar