Gering Theod 

The Official Web Site of Theodish Belief
Waes Hal!  Welcome to the official home page of Theodish Belief,
as maintained by Gering Theod, the original Theod of Theodish Belief,
under the auspices of our King, Garman Lord.
    Theodish Belief is a religion which was founded by Garman Lord in 1976, and is a form of Germanic heathenry that developed independently from Asatru.  (Sometimes Theodism has incorrectly been described as a subgroup of Asatru, but in fact Theodish Belief is and always has been separate from Asatru).  Theodism is Retro-Heathenry, which means that we are dedicated to practicing the religion of our ancestors in an authentic, traditional tribal form which is as close to the elder ways as possible.  However, we do not seek to "turn back the clock," rather, we adapt our religion to modern circumstances just as our ancestors would have if they had been faced with the situations we face in modern times. 

    Our main goal is to offer worship to our great Germanic gods and goddesses in ways that are not just what we prefer or think is easiest, but rather, in forms which will be the most pleasing to the gods themselves.  We seek to re-establish the tribal form of heathenry which our ancestors practiced, and to serve the cause of the gods by providing quality lore study materials and essential aspects of Germanic culture to the heathen community.

    Here, we offer an overview of Theodism, and other important information such as answers to frequently asked questions, as well as writings on Theodish History.  One can also find many articles written by Theodsmen containing valuable information on Theodish Thews and the nature of ancient and modern Germanic religious beliefs and practices.

High Theodism and Greater Theodism

    Theodish Belief is divided into High Theodism and Greater Theodism.  High Theodism is the original form of Theodism as practiced in Gering Theod.  Gering is the one and only Theod of High Theodism, and is composed of Cynnes and Halls, each dedicated to a specific Germanic god and/or the cultural traditions of a specific Germanic tribe.  At this time, Gering Theod consists of Gering Hall (the "headquarters" of the Theod, which has recently expanded), and the Guta Kuni (Cynne of the Goths).  The charter of the Guta Kuni can be seen under "Recent Abannings," below.  The right to designate oneself or one's group as High Theodish is dependent upon membership within Gering Theod -- a right which can only be granted by the King and founder of Theodism, Garman Lord.

    Greater Theodism is the other, less rigorous form of Theodism, and consists of those Leodes and individuals who identify with the Theodish religion but who, for whatever reason, are unable to be a part of Gering Theod.  Anyone or any group may term themselves Greater Theodish: permission from Garman Lord is not required. However, if a group or individual does not meet the criteria of Greater Theodism, they can be banned by High Theodism, and may not call themselves Theodish. To join the Greater Theodish Registry click here.  More information concerning Greater Theodism can be found in Garman Lord's book,  "The Way of the Heathen".
Who is Theodish, and Who is Not?

    There are many Theodsmen our there, both Greater and High Theodish, who are legitimate. However, there are also some groups and individuals who are not Theodish, but who nevertheless wrongly present themselves as such. This is done either out of ignorance of the criteria that is required to be recognized as Theodish, or out of malice, with an intention to mislead others and misrepresent Theodism in the world. Sometimes they use variations such as "Theodist," and "Thiodisc," but no such groups are authentically Theodish. The only way to know for sure if a group or individual is Theodish is to contact the Gerings. We know our High Theodsmen well, and we can check the Greater Theodish database to see if the group or individual in question is listed there. If not, they are not Theodish.

    We hope, dear reader, that you will enjoy the extensive Theodish material we present at this site. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. Wassail! 

| An Overview of Theodism | Frequently Asked Questions |


Theodish History Online

Part I, The Wiccan Years
Part II, The Witan Theod
Part III: The Coming of the Theodish Rice
Gert Remembers (1988-1992)
Part 4: The Wider Folk
Gert Remembers (1992-1994)
Part 5: The World of Asatru
Gert Remembers (1994-1996)

A Short History of Anglo-Saxon Theodism

It is now common for most Heathens to agree that sometime during the early 1970s there developed a more powerful urge among individuals to find out more about their native ancestral Gods. Many say that the Gods themselves stirred the winds of change. - Gert McQueen - 

Theodish Lore Studies Online 

The Significance of Symbel

Perhaps no other rite in heathendom stands out as importantly or as uniquely as sumbel (OE symbel; OIcel sumbl). According to Bauschatz, symbel is the ritual drinking feast at which the participants try to place themselves into the flow of Wyrd through the binding of words and deeds [1, pp. 109-110]. In other words, it is a means by which the deeds of now are linked to those of the past.  -  Eric Wodening - 

Germanic Kingship

The difference between the early Germanic Sacral King, and the later Medieval Monarch. - Ælfric - 

Teutonic Heathenry and Deweyan Ethics: Are They Compatible? 

"Heathenry boasts a complexity and philosophical sophistication that dwarfs the superstitious, absolutist dogmas of the Middle East.  It sensibly follows that a view of morality from such a religion would be equally complex, sophisticated, and free from dualistic hang-ups about absolute versions of right and wrong."  
- Terry Coker - 

Weiha and Hailag: A Closer Look at the Germanic Conception of Holiness 

The ancient Germanic peoples understood holiness in a way that has been largely forgotten in modern times.  Their conception of the holy was two-sided, each aspect being described by its own word, but only one of these words has survived in modern Germanic languages.  With the coming of Christianity into Europe, one of the two concepts of the holy slowly began to disappear, and today is almost entirely absent.  The two words are Proto-Germanic *wíhaz and *hailagaz.  - Ælfric - 

The Anglo-Saxon Gear-Mael 

"Daymals, Hours, Days, Months and Years: A look at Heathen Time-keeping." - Garman Lord - 

Division of the Year 

A short segment from "Lore of the Seasons"concerning the heathen concept of the year. - Gert McQueen -  

Frigga, the Mother Goddess of Germanic Mythology

An essay on the different mythological references to Frigga, her connection to other gods and goddesses, and the significance of Frigga in modern worship. - Ælfric & Ursula - 

Heathen Spirituality and The Soul Making Defense

This study will compare and contrast the Teutonic Heathen world view and the Christian soul making defense, suggest possible connections, and analyze how well the Teutonic Heathen world view stands to some of the criticisms of its Christian corruption.  - Terry Coker - 

The Mystery of Heathen Sacrifice

Blood sacrifice, has always been a part of Theodish Belief, and our knowledge and understanding of the subject is very considerable. In any case where Heathen might be considering blood sacrifice, or might even need to just know more about it, it would seem a shame and even a disservice to the gods not to share that fund of knowledge with our  friends. - Garman Lord - 

Poetry From the Heathen Community

Great examples of flourishing heathen culture. - Various Artists 

THEOD back issues contain vast amounts of Theodish research, ideas and history. There are also many Theodish publications such a We Are Our Deeds by Eric Wodening and The Way of the Heathen by Garman Lord. These are available online at the THEOD Bookhoard Online.  

Any questions or comments?

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