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Ravenbok by Lewis Stead
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Apr 06, 2017

it was ok
bookshelves: mythology, pagan, religion

There are 101 books, and then there are pre books. Much like one may have to take a 083 math class in college before taking Algebra 101. This is 083 level. It is subtitled a book of rituals, but such is a very small part of the book.

Also, there is little to no nuance in discussions of morality. "Evil" is used much too liberally without any definition of what such is. If the reader is akin to the common sense of Thor, sure, evil is just that which is bad. No more thinking. But if one has read any philosophy at all, this books falls apart everywhere. It is simplistic, young, without weight, and not much to offer by itself.

This is a good book to give your middle schooler, as an introduction to some of the ideas. But beyond that there really ought to be more depth and nuance.

I wouldn't be so harsh if the book was subtitled "the newbies guide to Asatru" or "How to explain Asatru to your Mom". I had too high hopes for this book entering into it.

If one wants more in-depth investigation on the Fylgia, Dsir, and others, read "The Road to Hel". It is scholarly and requires one to digest some.
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Reading Progress

March 1, 2017 – Started Reading
April 6, 2017 – Shelved
April 6, 2017 – Shelved as: religion
April 6, 2017 – Shelved as: pagan
April 6, 2017 – Shelved as: mythology
April 6, 2017 – Finished Reading

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