Asatru, Theodism, Odinism, Heathenry, oh my! The historic practice and contemporary revival of the worship of Germanic gods are fraught with misconceptions, new perspectives, and human folly. The goal of this course is to introduce the uninitiated to these different perspectives of the worship of Germanic gods — the good, the bad, and the downright interesting. Students will walk away with a firmer foundation with which to learn more about and establish their own relationship with the Germanic gods.
Course runs: Jul 17-Aug 13
Course meetings: Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM ET
Professor: Ryan Ridpath, MA, CMC – received his MA in Viking and Anglo Saxon Studies from the University of Nottingham and a Community Ministry Certificate from Cherry Hill Seminary. He is the ordained Ewart (High Priest) of Reginveg, an inclusive religious fellowship in North Carolina that seeks to create communities that reconnect to the ancient Germanic gods, spirits, and ancestors. Starting his career in identity formation and emotion in the Viking Age, his research has brought him to Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine. As a committed educator, Ryan has designed and implemented social studies curriculum for diverse student backgrounds, from tribal communities to migrant groups. Currently, he provides undergraduate advising support in the University of North Carolina system and pastoral support in his community. In his spare time, he enjoys a good bonfire, playing with his cat, and being an uncle to twins.