We took an insult hurled at us by Christians, and claimed it for our own.
noun: heathen; plural noun: heathens
a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim) as regarded by those who do.
synonyms: pagan, infidel, idolater, heretic, unbeliever, disbeliever, nonbeliever, atheist, agnostic, skeptic; archaic paynim
We had a word, Asatru, that meant true to the Aesir. Not being a perfect word, it failed to include the Vanir, and lent itself better to Icelandic or Scandinavian based practice than Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Germano-Slavic, Frankish, Frisian or other Germanic Neo Pagan folk ways. Heathen had come to the term that our community used to differentiate ourselves from the Wiccans and other Neo Pagans. Inside the Pagan community it had come to be the term both sides used to divide our two groups…
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