When I first heard of sacral kingship it seemed pretty different, and not
something that one would think to be very functional or have any
advantage in todays world. We have all learned the history of Europe.. and
it is rife with the storys bad kings and queens, idiotic military
commanders...and our own families have suffered the consequences of
this in past century's.
And, so along with some of the other terminology used by Theodish..
the modern speak or meaning of the word "king" is not
something that one would assume ought to be gone back to....
however, after sitting as a guest at Uthwitegan-hall for a while, it became
much more clear...
that the Sacral King is elected.. that is, raised on a shield.. and that
while he does have power that could be abused... there are other layers of
power and laws in the organization that it seems would or could prevent
this. The title of King seems pretty imperial.. whereas chieftain or
drighten, which is used in Asatru.. a little more in keeping with the modern
day, and our obsession with the individual.
the King may have some power in certain fields... but also , a
great responsibility... as the holder and focus of the community luck,
and more or less the most direct interpretor, spokesman and interface
between the community and the Gods....
because to the Theodish the Gods are and always have been.. community
Gods... honored and even worshipped collectively, and with the
authority, knowledge and execution of ritual being held by the sacral king
and a few of the high officers...
An this being the Anglo Saxon version of heathenry... the social and
cultural models for Theodish come not from the far north.. but from
the more gentle dales and green expanses of south central England.. from the
history, language, ancient writings and lore... of the Anglo Saxon people
and this... can be compared to the more individualistic..."
personal might and main" of the North-West Vikings of the Faroes,
North Scotland,... Iceland and Greenland from which Folk-Asatru takes its
pedigree and models of social and institutional organization.........
At the end of the day we are all the tribes of Ida Plain.... where the first
forge was set up... tools and golden game pieces made.. things to
wonder at... found in the grass long after....
and here on the sacred dreamtime lands.... the tribes make their fires....
some in the deep woods... hunters... Ullrs men.... and others along
the great "silk road".. in the city of Theodish.... with its grey
granite walls rearing inscrutably from the green expanse....and yet
others live by the shore in great halls... where knarrs lay at anchor,
and longships dance to the sea surge near a blackstone pier......
This is our dreamtime.. and the place of our ancientness....