Teutonic Cosmology of Personhood
From Viktor Rydberg's Studies of the Völuspá

In Teutonic theology, man is not segmented into components, but has multiple interacting contributing aspects to his nature. For the Norse people, it is doesn't compare to the ‘mind, 3 body, and soul’ of contemporary conception imported from Greek cosmology. Rather, Viktor Rydberg offers a lengthy discussion of how these elements in the Völuspá correlate in many other Teutonic theological discussions. This article provides a summary overview of the six elements with a short interpretation of each. Also available for detailed study the full reprint of Viktor Rydberg's longer article.

This Gambanreiði website congratulates Viktor Rydberg on his independent detailed scholarship. Like ages before this one, too many voices today are sponsored by arrogant and fearful religious and political interests to distort or discourage the understanding of our ancient folk ways. Always, we have been different from their ways of conquest and overstamping. Even the ancient Seiðr points out that century after century our Folk were wiped out by the hooded ones. It would be good for all humans here if this would change so our unique people could effectively do what they were brought here to do and be freely able to evolve and live apart in peace.

Man has been offered a variety of creation or personality component analyses by various groups. This article brings forward the view in Norse Theology as appropriate for this Folk. This foundational information is provided to help ground and develop a Norse person's perspective. Experimenting with other views before finding one's own has led some of our Folk to experience almost unlimited vulnerability to unnecessary suffering in the process of attempting to transcend or ascend within that framework. Others have reported that deep exploration into the world of the id, ego and superego viewpoint only moved them into a state of perpetual confusion with insoluable dilemmas.

For each people, their religions and world views will differ. It is with gratitude that we Norsemen have once again reconnected with the Rydberg scholarship which on careful study seems to provide a clearer more accurate explanation of the Norse understanding. Of course, it is common knowledge that the Völuspá is the first and best known poem of the Poetic Edda which tells the story of the creation of the world and its coming end related by a völva or seeress addressing Oðin.

Summary of the Six Elements of Man

1. The earthly matter of which the body is formed.
2. A formative, vegetative force, which ties in with the fact that the first man and woman, Ask (Ash) and Embla (Oak) were formed from trees. Thus the earthly matter and vegetative force were united already in the course of nature when the three Gods, Oðin, Honer, and Loder, found them.
3. Loder gave , the force of the blood, as creating race and family types, but also as giving the animative force, which means the way a conscious being moves and acts.
4. Loder also gave litr, which is the form of the personality which can be projected outside the body, can appear to others, and is like an inner, or spirit-body in the image of the Goðanum, hence, another term for it is litr Goða.
5. Honer gave odr, the kernel of the human personality, the ego, with its memory, capacity for understanding, fancy, and will.
6. Oðin gave önd, spirit, such qualities as power of thought, courage, honesty, veracity, mercy, and the humility of patiently bearing such misfortune as cannot be averted by human ingenuity.

These qualities are those through which a human participates in the divine in an inner sense, just as through litr goða, he or she has the outer form of the Gods and Goddesses. It is the litr, odr, and önd, which together are the personality which survives physical death. These litr and the depend on the enlivening air. Oðin, Himself, is, amongst other qualities, God of the Winds, and in some accounts, was said to breathe the önd into us.

Wisdom Teaching from Paalo to Student:

"Your body is not a vehicle or shell for your hamr, Seat of Will, your conscious identity, or your other nonmaterial components. Rather, it is a medium through which we reflect back and forth our non-material being's interactions with materiality. The body has evolved such that you experience your essential nature through its changes over time and its interactions with itself and materiality. Despite this, it does not just happen on its own. Man needs to consciously, willfully, act to improve, refine, and clean the energies of the body in order to live in maximal effectiveness in his non-material being, as reflected from his material being. That is why we do the " ... sacred exercises.

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Related Articles:
Teutonic Cosmology of Personhood from the Völuspà
Norse Shamanic Cosmology of Seeing the Energetic Bodies of a Person
A detailed study of the Teutonic Theology of the Six Elements of Man  Draft
An overview of the energetic bodies of the Teutonic Man as seen by the Shaman or Healer

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