What it means to be Folkish

| April 22, 2011
What it means to be Folkish

The thoughts and beliefs of one young OR Odinist
From a Great Moot 2259 talk by Asbrandir AOR

“The Folkish person appreciates that for any community to last, the individual members must have something in common to build upon, something to bind them to one another, and as blood is the most natural and simple, it would make sense to utilise this as the foundation for a society.  Without this common blood, the people will have only superficial things to bind each other; these superficial ties will fade sooner or later, for they are fickle, whereas blood ties cannot be so easily undone or forgotten.”

Recently I was engaged in a rather heated and lengthy debate with some people close to me about my Folkish beliefs and the general Folkish stance of our organisation, the Odinic Rite.

After fighting my corner as well as I could when placed on the spot, I  refused to let the debate go without taking something beneficial from it for the movement.  This came the next day when I began to write down and neutrally consider the main criticisms that were levelled at the Folkish stance, followed by a careful and thorough answering of them in writing, to the best of my ability.  Some of them were quite difficult to answer, and I imagine some readers new to the Folkish ideal may find one or two of them a little uncomfortable; the questions must be addressed nonetheless.

Firstly I will briefly outline what (I believe) a Folkish stance entails, in addition to the above:

  • A belief and subsequent action in racial preservation and promotion.
  • Pride in heritage and folkways – racial, national and regional.
  • Striving to live a healthy and active life.
  • To pursue excellence in one’s field.
  • To have as many healthy children as is practical for one’s situation.
  • To do one’s ancestors proud, and to inspire one’s children.
  • Ensuring one’s actions are always to the benefit of the Folk; that they harm neither oneself or the Folk.

You are living in the past – the world has changed, and people from different races want to mix/have mixed.  Being ‘Folkish’ is not a realistic belief to hold in this age.

Racial integrity is a very natural and positive thing that has been the societal norm in most cultures across the world for a very long time.  Nor is racial preservation ‘living in the past’, or ‘a lost cause’.  The answer to the latter lies in the fact that there are still millions of people of Indo-European descent who are sub-consciously Folkish, and thousands (if not more) who are explicitly so. To answer the former accusation of ‘living in the past’; just because something is old, or has been in existence for a very long time, like a bloodline for example, does not mean that it cannot and should not be preserved.  Would you cut down an ancient forest and replace it with non-native saplings, just because you could, or because it would benefit your business?  (If you would, then you are probably reading the wrong article) Consider it like this: ancient trees = indigenous folk; alien saplings = foreign peoples immigrating en masse.  The alien saplings may grow and reproduce quicker, giving a greater yield of wood than the native hardwoods, but does this mean you uproot the old inhabitants just to benefit your immediate need?  This is nothing more than prostitution.

What’s more, our ancient ancestors had a far deeper and more lateral view of the ways of Nature and Orlog than we do today, so much so that we can probably only guess at how profound their understanding really was. If we wish to regain this understanding, or at least as much as we can, the only way we can really do this is by ‘listening’ to our blood and spirit, what many term as the ‘Ancestral Memory’ – the wisdom is there within us but it is just a case of quietening ourselves sufficiently to hear it. This Ancestral Memory is what Odinism seeks to protect and promote, and by protecting we mean keeping to our racial integrity, holding the line that connects us with our ancestors and thus their memory and wisdom. We believe that this is our task in this lifetime; to seek a greater understanding of Orlog/right living and the ways of nature using this ancestral memory within ourselves, and then to pass this wisdom onto our children who can then deepen it further, and so on down the generations.


What is the problem if non-ethnic Europeans want to become Odinists?  What if they like Odinism?  Can’t they learn about this way too, follow this path?

We are not concerned with the wants and whims of the individual.  The unbreakable rule is simple: the collective over the individual.  This means that it is more acceptable that a few individuals go unsatisfied or suffer, than for the integrity and well-being/advancement of the community to be put in jeopardy or destroyed.  This, I’m afraid, is not a popular sentiment in popular culture, but that does not make it any less right.

“That which fulfils Nature, benefits the race as a servant of Nature, and benefits Odinism as a vehicle for the evolution of the race, is good; that which does not is bad. That which truly seeks and secures this good is right; that which does not is wrong.”

Simply because a handful of non-Germanics (and yes it is never more than a handful, despite what the liberal internationalists will say) decide that today they are interested in Odinism and want to ‘have a go’, do you think we are going to compromise our whole belief system, core values and ancestral lines just to satisfy a few whims and curiosities?  It is not enough simply to want to ‘be a part of’ our racial tradition – one needs blood as well as the will.  One also has to remember that these people will have their own ancestral tradition, and will only be betraying their own folkway if they try to substitute it for ours.


You’re too few in number, too spread out, to effect any kind of change, physically or in people’s minds.

This is incorrect.  The Odinic Rite is composed of highly driven, dedicated individuals and Hearth units who CAN and DO get things done.  Although there are many examples, most of which will go unknown as the daily Odinic struggles of individuals, there are a few which clearly demonstrate the power of the few: the Guardians of the White Horse Stone, the Prison Affairs Bureau, Acorn Hollow and the OR Fyrd.  These are REAL activities achieving TANGIBLE results, not to mention spiritual revolution for those concerned.

We are at the very beginning of a new resurgence of our Folkway, and this means that we must choose to grow slowly, we must grow strong foundations to weather the storms that will inevitably come.  This takes time.  We are elitist and only want the best of our Folk anyway – dead wood has no place in the OR.

It is the ideal of The Spiritual Victory drives many of us onward and upward; it is a subject on which I hope to be writing an article in the future.


You and your organisation are obsessed and brainwashed.  You hate what has become of this country, and what most people read/do/believe about the world and what they do in it.

So you would say ignorance is bliss? Is it better to shut out the ills and pretend that they’re not there in case they threaten to burst the hedonistic, self-obsessed bubble most of our people live in?  The truth of our day isn’t pretty; it can be hideous at times, and it takes a strong heart to face it, withstand it and continue fighting for what we know to be right.  It is not a strength easily come by, which is probably why most don’t bother looking for it.  But once found, it will reward you many times over.

If you refuse to look at the situation objectively, and to listen to the truth as it is, please ask yourself why.  Is it uncomfortable?  Is it boring?  Or is it that it doesn’t matter to you, because you ‘won’t be here when that happens’?  What about your descendants then, and the rest of the natural world?  Is it not worth being concerned for these things?  An understanding of cycles might be beneficial here…

In regard to being ‘obsessed’ – it is called dedication to something you believe in.  The only people who have ever made a difference in our history, the only people who will effect change, have dedicated themselves to what they do.  Mediocrity and apathy are the enemy within; they will be the cause of our stagnation and death if we do not resist them.  So pick up the torch of your fathers, and keep advancing.


This rule about ‘ancestry’ was just made up by a person, and therefore like any other rule, it can be changed.  There is no reason why you cannot accept non-ethnic Europeans, non-whites, into the OR – it is only skin colour.  We all came from the same root anyway – all out of Africa.

‘Out of Africa’ is one theory; there are others.  This is not the place to go into detailed debate about these very earliest forms of humanity, as the inquisitive person can do their own research on this subject.  The fact is, conventional science cannot say with 100% certainty that any ‘theory’ is correct (hence why they are ‘theories’), for as science ‘advances’, so the ‘theories’ of the scientists change.  A cynic might also say that scientific theories are sometimes influenced by the politics of the day, and doctored to what might be expedient for the ruling powers.  However, it remains that whatever theory you follow, the undeniable fact is that humans separated out long ago onto different continents and regions, where they largely stayed put and maintained their homogeneity for thousands of years.  Over this time, they evolved differently according to the climate, geography, experiences and needs of their new lands.  And it is in these lands that they prospered and built up their Folk Group, developing their own unique cultures, customs and ways of seeing and understanding the world (physical and metaphysical), which we would describe as their ‘Folkway’.

This is how things were for many ages, until the advent of huge ships capable of transporting whole towns of people across oceans and aeroplanes that made global travel available to anyone with an income.  Travel, which was once a dangerous and unpredictable venture often not worth the risk, now became much easier, cheaper and safer – and so the era of the ‘world citizen’ was ushered in.  Ties of race and kindred could easily be broken and reforged elsewhere, and an anonymous, rootless existence became popular.    People being people, they did not stop to think that through miscegenation they were writing off the centuries of toil sweated by their ancestors in building and fighting for their blood descendants.  And yes, the ancestors were building and fighting for their blood, because such things as chivalry and pedigree were important to them.  Of course it would matter to them that their children and descendants continued their bloodline and achievements, and they in their turn worked to build a brighter future for those that came after them: they believed in stewardship of people and land!

The problem with miscegenation is that it sees crossed allegiances, crossed loyalties and confusion arise – to which side is the child to be loyal to, his English father’s or his Chinese mother’s?  Which is his heritage and birthright, his Folkway?  Like it or not, the fact is he is unlikely to be wholly accepted by either, especially the more Folkish side (that would seem to be China, as the media and politicians in England have done a fine job of downplaying racial integrity to the masses).

To our ancestors, their beliefs and their people were important to them.  They were certainly not xenophobes however, and as we would do today, welcomed foreign visitors and travellers with warm hospitality, on expectation that their guest would return to his homeland after a while; the Havamal makes this quite clear.  And this is the most sound philosophy, having as much relevance now as it ever had.


The tactful guest will take his leave Early,

not linger long:

He starts to stink who outstays his welcome

In a hall that is not his own.



A small hut of one’ s own is better,

A man is his master at home:

A couple of goats and a corded roof

Still are better than begging.

Why do you talk about the ancestors as if they have any consequence today, as if they are still in existence?  They are dead and gone.

The ancestors have consequence for more than one reason.  Firstly, they are a part of our bloodline; they created our culture and customs, they defended our lands and people, and for this they deserve our respect and reverence.  The second reason requires a little more consideration.  The statement made above clearly displays a linear rather than cyclical understanding of time and life – it must be understood that there is no ‘end’ as conventional thought may describe it, rather instead ascension or devolution, according to the skill of one’s actions/living in each existence.  We do not believe the ancestors are ‘dead’ – the fact that they were living once, that were a physical incarnation, an energy, means that must still have an existence – for energy cannot be destroyed, only transferred/change its form.  Their spirits exist either on this plane, or a higher/lower, depending on their virtue.  This belief in cycles, in eternal advance or retreat, is universal to most indigenous peoples, who although have lived apart and not physically shared ideas, often hold to this common belief in cycles, which points to its veracity.


Our ‘ancestors’ were not ‘Folkish’ as you describe yourselves to be, so how do you justify it in that sense?

We do not seek to live exactly as our ancestors lived, nor share all their social customs, clothes and language, for such things become antiquated as our people evolve – what we are concerned with is essence and spirit, the metaphysical aspects of our existence.  By this logic of cultural evolution, we justify a Folkish stance.  In addition, and more importantly, we must understand that our ancestors may not have been explicitly Folkish in their society, because this would have been largely unnecessary – they were surrounded by only their own, and a foreign visitor to the land was an occasional event.  They would have nonetheless been very tribalistic, with strong clannish bonds and fierce rivalry with their neighbouring kinsmen – competition for territory and resources may seem harsh, but it is the way of nature.

Things are of course very different today in our ‘cosmopolitan’ societies, so we must take a Folkish stance if we are to maintain our racial integrity. We may not have tribes or clans as our ancestors had, but we still have the common race.  We look to the ancestors for inspiration and wisdom, but we do not live our lives in a superficial mock-up of theirs.  We adapt and take the relevant and the vital (blood, mythology, poetry, song, etc) and discard the irrelevant (dress, archaic language, etc).


If people are born in a country, that is their nationality; race is irrelevant.

One assumes here that you are talking of the many Black or Asian people born in a European country such as England, and who consider themselves British or English.  Well we believe nationality is biological, not geographical, so try it the other way around: if a White English couple, who for example have proven ancestry dating back on these islands for 200 years, moved to China and had a child there, would that child then be considered to be Chinese by you?  By the logic expressed in the original statement above, it would have to be, when clearly to say such a thing is laughable.  Born of English parents, of English ancestral stock, this child is ENGLISH, just as the child born in England of Bangladeshi/Somali/Chinese parents is Bangladeshi/Somali/Chinese, not English.  Why do so many people have a problem with this?  It is hardly possible to overestimate the damage that the destruction of racial and national identity has caused, to both people and the environment.



As with most things in Odinism, for example the energies of the Gods, we feel and experience rather than ‘believe in’ them.  Additionally, what we feel and do just ‘feels right’ to us, it ‘fits’ and is the natural way; this is especially so for our Folkish stance.  Aside from the clear logic of this stance, additionally we simply feel inside that racial integrity is the right way for all folk groups.  And of course if it is an internal feeling we know that it is therefore correct – our own instinct and intuition outranks the judgement and beliefs of the masses and establishment a million times over.  However, the problem we face is that we find ourselves living in a society that holds a Folkish stance to be wrong, or even ‘evil’, and since we must find a way to at least co-exist neutrally with the mainstream, articulating and clarifying our stance is of paramount importance.  What we hold dear seems hard enough for most people to begin to grasp, and so minimising misunderstandings is of great importance – no mean feat when you are engaged in a heated discussion and have to fight your corner alone and with conviction, because how do you explain a feeling or instinct in words?


I hope this article provides some help, thought or inspiration for others who may find themselves having to justify their Folkish beliefs to friends and family who are gripped by the pervading liberal internationalism of our day.


I will leave you with a quote (repeated from above, as I believe it is more than worth the repetition) from a Folkish writer and activist, adapted slightly for the purpose here.  It is a piece of wisdom that I’ve found can act as a filter in daily life, helping you to maintain your Odinic standards and hold your line:


“That which fulfils Nature, benefits the race as a servant of Nature, and benefits Odinism as a vehicle for the evolution of the race, is good; that which does not is bad.  That which truly seeks and secures this good is right; that which does not is wrong.”

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