Thursday, April 24, 2014

Horg in the Himalayas

If you go to the AFA's Facebook page (  you will find a picture of a makeshift horg, or altar, I erected to Thor.  If you look closely you can see my Thor's hammer necklace draped across the rocks.  There is nothing unusual in that; many of you have done the same.  What may be unusual is the location  -  a high Himalayan pass near the border between northern India and occupied Tibet.  Below is the story about how it got there.

In 1990, I went to India to interview Tibetans who had taken up arms against the Chinese invaders.  The world has largely forgotten their struggle, but I had not, and it captured my imagination.  Armed at first with swords and ancient rifles, and later with arms supplied by the CIA (one of the truly noble projects of that agency),the brave warriors fought like the warriors the were and liberated huge areas of the country from the occupiers.

After the interviews in and around Dharmsala, I met with the remarkable Lhasang Tsering, and explored the border areas.  I visited the Manali valley, where the semi-legendary Manu gave the ancient Indians their laws.  Traveling northward, up the Rohtang Pass, I climbed far above the tree line.  The landscape became harsher, rawer, the rocks stark against the sky.  Finally, at a spot marked by Tibetan prayer flags, I stopped. There, not too far from the border of Tibet I piled the rocks you see, one upon the other.  I took my hammer necklace from around my neck and draped it over the stones.  Then I gave blot to Thor  -  for courage, for travel, and for the spirit of adventure.

So far as I know, the rocks are still there.  I retrieved my hammer and wore it for years afterward.

Hail Thor!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Red Ice Interview on You Tube!

If you didn't hear it yet, my interview on my Red Ice Radio podcast is now available on YouTube.

Follow the link below to listen in  -  and to "like" it and maybe make a comment!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

When the Witches Become the Witch Hunters

Joseph Bloch, over on "Jon Upsal's Garden," describes a "discussion" on "racialist pagans" held at this year's Pantheacon, a pagan event held annually in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find a link to the session in his blog. 

Of course, "racists"  -  that is to say, folkish Asatruar  -  were not permitted to be in the room during the presentation!

I found this exclusion of all who might disagree to be highly ironic.  The witches (and pagans and Neopagans and whatever) had become the "witch hunters," taking on the role of the medieval Inquisitors.  True, they didn't drag any AFA members forward for torture and burning  -  it's still against the law, after all, and it would have been difficult to get a fire permit in San Francisco.  Nevertheless, the logic of the event ran like this:  "We are trying you for witchcraft.  No, you can't be here;  Witches are not permitted in the room."

Joseph is spot on when he calls this presentation "ninety minutes of innuendo, name-calling, and flat-out wrong information."  I have never heard Folkish ideas so twisted!  But what can you expect from individuals who claim we need to "get beyond tradition," and who think that "heritage" is a racist concept? 

Maybe this is just a symptom of the sickness of our culture.  Or maybe it's just what happens when people who claim to follow Nature religions live in a sprawling megalopolis. In the long run it doesn't matter... 

We will be here when they are gone and forgotten.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Fenced and the Free: A Critique of Modern Society

I work with troubled youth at a correctional center.  Yesterday, something happened that touched me with the mythic. 

I was at outdoor recreation with my youths, securely enclosed with high fencing and razor wired (Most of my kids are confined for very good reasons).  Suddenly, a movement caught my eye and the eyes of my charges  -  a large coyote, completely untroubled by our gaze, strolled gracefully down into the gulch next to our facility.

The fenced and the free...the asphalt and carefully mown recreation yard...the world of concrete and closure...versus the freedom of the coyote, the freedom of the natural state.

We are all "prisoners here, of our own device" as the Eagles say in "Hotel California."  Imprisoned by our separation from Nature and from our heritage, imprisoned by both intrusive government and by mega-corporations, by the politically-correct distortions of modernism and cultural Marxism.  I envied the coyote.

Tear down the walls!  Be the coyote. Reject the mind-managers.  Become self-reliant. Immerse yourself in Nature.  Drink again from the well of your ancestral wisdom, the ways of your people...HOWL!


Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Interview for Steve: Sound of the Gjallarhorn

Yes, hot on the tail of the Red Ice interview  -  Mark of "Sound of the Gjallarhorn" interviewed me on the nature of the Gods.  I don't have a date for its airing but I will keep you informed.  Meanwhile, you can check out their other recent programs!

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Statement on the Kansas City Area Murders

The recent murder of three innocent and unarmed people by Glenn Miller, AKA Frasier Glenn Cross, was a cowardly, despicable and profoundly hurtful act.  As a man who has followed the Asatru faith and specifically the path of Odin for forty-some years, I condemn this deed and the hatred that gave birth to it.   I extend my sincere sympathy for all who have suffered loss from Mr. Miller's actions.  The Asatru Folk Assembly, and my wife and I personally, have contributed to the fund set up for the victims at

Hail the Gods!
Hail the Asatru Folk Assembly!

Steve McNallen

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Famiies, Clans, Tribes, Nations

Looking at how much the United States has changed since my youth, I find it hard to have much faith in the nation-state.  I am much more interested in families uniting into clans, clans grouping into tribes, and tribes converging into nations  -  as in the Sioux nation, for example.  Organic nations could presumably form confederations with other nations, as well as alliances of all kinds.

I like the freedom implied by this nested hierarchy of social organization.  Our ancient tribes had a typical structure consisting of the chieftain, the witan/"leading men", and the free folk of the assembly, which roughly matches the executive, judicial and legislative divisions enumerated in the United States Constitution   -  but as the history of the latter shows, no system is above corruption over time.

One downside of the organic model seems to be the inability to undertake really vast projects. Could a tribe, or even a confederation of tribes, undertake something like a space program?  (Despite it all, I believe our destiny is to colonize the Galaxy.)

Your thoughts?

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly

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