Interesting article that I happened to stumble across.
The Odin Brotherhood is a secret society for warriors and pagans. From the beginning, the movement--in spite of its name--has included women.
The Brotherhood practices the old warrior religion that is today called Odinism or Asatru. Consecrated to the pagan gods and goddesses of the Norse pantheon, these deities are viewed as "older, better, and truer." Members of the Brotherhood use the Eddaic Verses–also called the Poetic Edda–as a kind of scripture.
Members claim their pagan order was established in 1421 to protect the ancient religion during the Burning Times and they insist it has existed in unbroken lineage to the present. If the claim is accurate, the Odin Brotherhood resembles the Tariquat, the secret brotherhoods in Islam that sustain the traditions underground in times of intense persecution.
Who Established the Odin Brotherhood? Edit
Like the story of Hiram Abif in Freemasonry, the foundation myth of the Brotherhood involves a crime against innocence.
In the legend of the Brotherhood, the story begins when a young pagan widow was caught honoring the gods and goddesses in a remote grotto. For her action, an angry mob burned her on a pyre composed of green wood.
After the murder, the woman’s three children used an ancient and forbidden rite from paganism (a rite called necromancy) and summoned her from beyond the grave.
Answering the summons, the slain woman instructed her children to save the ancient religion by taking the movement underground. They were instructed to form a secret society–a "conspiracy of equals"--dedicated to the old gods. They pledged to "honor the gods with clandestine rites in deserted places," and they promised to "share their knowledge" with "the few" they trusted before they died.
According to the Odin Brotherhood, all of these events occurred somewhere in Eurasia–somewhere north of the Black Sea--in the fifteenth century of the current era.
They also insist that buried artifacts exist which will some day confirm their tale.
How Does One Join the Odin Brotherhood? Edit
Traditionally, the teachings were spread by word of mouth, from person to person.
Today, however, with more written information appearing in manuscript and in published form, solitary practitioners (“lone wolves” who initiate themselves)are becoming more common.
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In its current form, membership in the Odin Brotherhood is secret–as in the so-called Illuminati conspiracy. The objectives of the Odin Brotherhood are stated publicly, as in the legendary Rosicrucians.
Secret Societies are still illegal in some countries. As Nick Harding points out in Secret Societies, for example, they are forbidden by the constitution of Poland.