Blaming the Gods
By: Eric Wodening
This isn't in
response to anyone, but simply my thoughts on the whole
phenomenon of blaming the gods. It is something I have
seen in heathen. There is even an instance of it in
Egils Saga, in which Egil blame's Ošinn for the death
of his son. My personal opinion is that the gods do not
create misfortune people. They do not make things rough
for us. They do not give us cancer or make us have
car wrecks. IMHO misfortune can be the result of many
At any rate, I think the reason people sometimes blame the gods for their problems is simply to escape responsibility for them. It is easy to blame something other than ourselves for problems that may simply result from circumstance or even from our own doing.
me this is not a very heathen attitude. It seems to me (Egil
notwithstanding) that the heathen ideal is to accept
adversity and to struggle onwards regardless of how hard
life becomes, not to blame the gods for our misfortunes.