I think of the SidR (custom) as living. Not as archaic.
I like and find value in Nordic cultural expressions throughout time.
As a matter of fact i find value in cultural expression in general, regardless of ethnicity and geography.
I also belive that trying to understand a Nordic sentiment without the Finns and Sami is a waste of time.
We have interacted since before iron was in use and our cultures and histories have affected eachother and still do.
In short, my view of the SidR is not one of isolation but one of incorporation, exploration, impression,expression and interaction through time and through space.
My way is not one of a vacuum.
My way is an extension, though not a copy, of a lot of things that has gone before.
Heathen, folkloric, Christian, purely cultural, linguistic and many other things. All ending up with me in front of an “altar” (HögR) or in a forest grove (Ve) pouring out wine or ale.
Me finding place, as so many find place.
As those of the Urglaawe find place, those of the Theods„ those in Argentina,Brazil, South Africa or the USA, those in Canada, Australia and a number of other places.
I find a lot of value in what could best be described as Nordic or Scandinavian folklore ( including customs, dress, music, stories and so on ) as an extension of something that is really beyond time, beyond place. As a Swede that might be natural and expected and me posting a lot of Swedish cultural expressions (as well as Nordic in general ) is no great surprise.
Discarding all romanticism ,what is today Nordic did come from somewhere. I see the entire journey as “SidR”, not just an isolated time period right before Nordic Christianization ( an often misunderstood concept too btw ) but the whole expression of sacredness.
I dont expect everyone to share my interests, or focus on the same things as i do. I simply state “they have value” and leave it at that ( that they are not “better” than other cultures should go without saying ).
There are a lot of cultural expressions thoughtout the world. Some of these may (or may not ) have a Nordic connection.
I belive in respect and expression of them.
Interested in cultures (plural) as i am and a venerator of the ancestors as i am i can only hope for a fine balance between respect for what was and moving towards what will be without leaving either out.
I guess all i can ask is that all of you make your particular kind of noise, as lively, spiritually, respectfully and yet extatically as possible.
I will do the same.
May the mights drink with us and bless us!
Til Ars Ok Frithar!