Red Ice Radio – Red Ice Yule Special – Myths & Forgotten Traditions of the Winter Solstice

Source: Red Ice Radio – Red Ice Yule Special – Myths & Forgotten Traditions of the Winter Solstice

In this special Yuletide episode, most of the Red Ice crew talk about our childhood memories of Christmas and family teachings, or lack thereof, of pre-Christian traditions surrounding the winter solstice and return of the sun. Henrik describes the ancient Norse pagan ritual, the Blót, which included sacrificial offerings at Uppsala to the gods Odin and Freya, and Lana tells the mythical story of the Wild Hunt, with the flying 8-legged horse, Sleipnir. They get into the legend of Krampus, the shamanic aspects of Santa Claus, the significance of the colours of Yule, the burning of the Yule log, and other symbols central to survival. We receive a history lesson on the origins of Kwanza and Hanukkah, and we look at how Christmas has been culturally appropriated and manufactured into celebrations that hijack the ancient energy of northern European solar traditions.

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