Ancestor Veneration
Landvættir

Many of us are used to thinking of gods as larger or more significant beings compared to spirits, and thus deserving of more attention, reverence, and veneration. This is not necessarily the case in Norse Paganism. The delineation between “god” and “wight” isn’t always clear, for one thing. For another, wights played a significant role in Norse culture, to the point where they were sometimes more often a staple of daily life than the gods were.

Working with wights is a matter of extending courtesy and fostering a sense of Frith between ourselves and them. Part of this involves adopting the view that all things in this world have agency, and acting in accordance with that view. Instead of treating objects and places as soulless exploitable resources, we instead treat them as partners in a collaborative effort.

Wights like landvætter and husvætter are known to grant good luck and fortune to people that take care of them. Taking care of wights is done in very much the same way we take care of deities and ancestors, by giving them offerings, making sure their spaces are well-kept, and involving them in relevant activities.

Ancestor Veneration
Landvættir

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