Wednesday 22 February 2023

The Germanic Mannerbunde - Part Two.


"Truthfully, in this age those with intellect have no courage, and those with a modicum of physical courage have no intellect. If things are to alter in the next fifty years then we must embrace Byron's ideal - the Cultured Thug." Jonathon Bowden.

Unfortunately, Jonathon Bowden died before he could see the onslaught that befell us with the 'covid crisis', so we do not have fifty years to achieve this aim, which I see as being the right way to go. I have said before that in my own view we need to go a step further with this, through a three-fold 'New Man' -

  • The Warrior-Hero
  • The Thinker.
  • The Mystic. 
All of this forms part of the Germanic Mannerbund, which we are dealing with here, and which I believe we should revive in a suitable form that would serve our purpose in this era - the darkest period of the Great Year Cycle. The Mannerbund were a war-band and cultic-brotherhood that acted as the Guardians against the Forces of Destruction, in a constant struggle to maintain the Cosmos and Cosmic Order. They were the earthly counterpart of the Einheriar, the Warriors of Woden who fought the mythical battle against the Joten, and were the protectors of men against the Fenris Wolf. 

At the individual level we need to create the 'New Man', the Warrior-Thinker-Mystic, whilst at the same time incorporating the individual with a new Aryan Mannerbunde, the Lone-Wolf within the Pack. The members of such an Aryan Mannerbunde would be Cultic-Warriors within a Cultic Oath-Brotherhood. Woden is the Mythical Leader and the personification of the Heri - the War-Band. Thunor is the Archetypal Warrior & Serpent-Slayer who is the Mythical Warrior of the Aryan Mannerbund. Now, in truth it is perhaps wise for us to honour Thunor on April 23rd rather than 'St. George'; some Odinists honour Sigurd on this day, and we have done so in the past, but the roots of the Myth of Sigurd lie in the Archetypal Serpent-Slayer who is Thunor. Both Sigurd and Beowulf are 'Dragon-Slayers' or 'Monster-Slayers' but it is the god Thunor who is the Ur-Type of this ancient myth.

These cultic-warriors formed guerrilla war-bands that learned hardness, self-control, stealth and strategy, as well as survival tactics. This was done through living wild in the wilderness, not settled by moving around, through the cattle-raid and abduction of the women, and thus fighting with rival tribes. Such things, going against the trend of the 'progressive' times, ensure a healthy, strong, disciplined people with survival skills and the ability to live through their own work and efforts. This is the difference between Wilderness Living, which is a settled state living in harmony with Nature and the Folkland, and the 'Heathen' living outside the boundaries of the settled tribe, having to survive and live off the land, always aware of the dangers in living this way, and thus overcoming any fears that they started out with. It is more likely that one day we shall have to become 'Survivalists' before we ever get to the stage of 'Wilderness Living' - especially here in England where there are few places to go to hide from The System. 

Hunting was always a practice for warfare, and that is why it is still today associated with the aristocracy, because it was practiced by the noblemen of the Mannerbund. In a sense this was an earthly manifestation of the Wild Hunt, associated with the Wild Host. This is why up to our times the fox-hunt had the same symbols as the ancient hunter-bands -

  • Black & Red which were colours of the Mannerbunde.
  • The Hunting-Horn that sounded before the hunt, because this would have been the role of the 'Warner' because this was a sacred hunt, and thus a warning to the uninitiated would be needed. 
  • The war-cry 'Tally Ho' which is formed from old Germanic cries associated with the Wild Hunt and the One-Eyed Hunter-God. 
  • The Horses and the Hounds are a major feature of the Wild Hunt and the Wild Host.
  • The 'blooding' of the novice would also form part of an ancient ritual cult. 

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