Angelseaxisce Ealdriht
Angelseaxisce Ealdriht is one of several Norse Pagan groups
to emerge as Paganism has become established anew among
people of Northern European descent residing in North America.
Members venerate the deities that were popular in preChristian
Scandinavia and Germany, referred to collectively as
the Aesir and Vanir. They include Woden (or Odin), Ing Frea
(Freyr), Tiw (Tyr), Frige (Frigg), and Thunor (Thor). Members
value beliefs (or thoth) that build loyalty to the deities, one’s ancestors,
and fellow Heathen. The swearing of holy oaths and
the making of sacred vows are key activities seen as building
thoth. Members of Angelseaxisce Ealdriht also see themselves
as very modern Pagans. They esteem the past and the values
extolled in ancient Pagan society, and they seek to reestablish
those values in a modern context.
The basic building block of the Ealdriht is the maethel, a relatively
small grouping of Pagans who live in close proximity to
one another and who can gather regularly for services and fellowship.
Each member of the Ealdriht is a member of only one
maethel. Those individuals who live geographically distant
from other members are assigned to a maethel until enough
members are found who allow a functional maethal to be organized.
When a person joins the Ealdriht, a maethel accepts
himher and assumes the responsibility for teaching the Heathen
ways. Members with a special interest, be it constructing
weapons, learning magic, or creating wine, may join with likeminded
individuals in a guild. Guilds provide a place for advancement
in the organization as they offer opportunities for
the demonstration of knowledge and skills, or for service to the
Ealdriht.
Leadership of the Ealdriht is vested in the Witangemot, a
council composed of the leader of all the maethels and officers
elected by the body of members. Members are currently drawn
from across North America, and a headquarters has been established
in Missouri. More detailed information may be found at
the group’s website, httpwww.geocities.comAthensDelphi
6909, or from its headquarters at 202 E. Mulbury, Huntsville,
MO 65259.
Sources
Angelseaxisce Ealdriht. httpwww.geocities.comAthens
Delphi6909. November 1, 1999

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