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Poll #8 - Ritual garb

Do you wear norse garb instead of plain clothes to blots and sumbels?

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Do you wear norse garb instead of plain clothes to blots and sumbels? 917 responses.
Ignvsa Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 10:27:08 PST
Satanic-Pagan, Solitary; Black hood/robes seem the best.
Siegfried Goodfellow Thursday, July 17, 2008, 07:39:09 PDT
The History of Saint Olav mentions several goods which were needed for a heathen feast, and these include treasures, house wares, and clothing. These were valuable enough to be considered excellent booty for the king's men who seized the feast. This suggests that at least at times folk may have worn special clothing, their "Sunday best" as it were, to blots, but on the other hand, Odin says that it's important to go to the Thing washed and fed, but that one's clothes don't matter so much. (Havamal 61.) This is more in line with what was probably the norm for common folk, as "Sunday best" is actually a more recent phenomenon ; many medieval common folk wouldn't have been able to afford special clothing for church. Nevertheless, it is logical to assume, given St. Olav's History, Chapter 109, that people tried to look the best they could for the Gods, and by Havamal 61, at least washed. "Best" doesn't necessarily mean "Norse garb", although it could if it makes you feel good. Shirts and pants, however, aren't that different from tunics and breeches, but wearing something that invokes the ancestors may be a way for some folk to honor their ancestors, and make them feel more welcome at blot. From that standpoint, "Norse garb" would be less for the Gods, and more for the Ancestors. A logic which is somewhat compelling is to look at the value and worth people give in their life, and ask whether they are willing to give that worth for the Gods. So, if you are willing to spend some good money looking nice in a tux to go to a wedding, why not put your money where your mouth is when it comes to blot? This standard will differ from person to person, and income to income, but there is an argument for giving one's best at blot. At the same time, however, we don't want a "hypocritical best" that encourages dress over substance ; after all, it is who one is that meets the community and the Gods. I think the best answer in this regard is "Go With Heart", and whatever your heart tells you to wear, wear. Don't judge others' wear by your heart's standards, but get to know them, and find out who they are. That is what blot is all about : community, which is far more important than the clothes we wear.
odwinn Thursday, May 01, 2008, 17:29:17 PDT
not needed though i do enjoy this...however unlike a few heathens i have met along the way. I have done extensive research on this very subject. I do usualy consider the folk whome i would be hailing with [ouside of my own kindred] and if it would make them uncomfortable. i would not do so.. iether way its more important that we stay tru to the gods.. looks matter not. deeds are all.
odwinn wulframsson Thursday, May 01, 2008, 17:23:21 PDT
i myself put lots of study into my ancestors. and in the viking age as well, so i myself do try to adorn my best for blots and symbol . thanks for askin though. grith odwinn
Doug Freyburger Wednesday, December 26, 2007, 10:42:35 PST
I rather enjoy it when other folks dress up but for me Asatru is today's faith so I wear today's clothes. I don't completely avoid dressing up. I do have a "Viking World Tour" teeshirt that I like to wear to events.
Randgrith Halfdansdottir Sunday, November 04, 2007, 10:19:40 PST
I try to dress "nice" because I feel it's part of me respecting that worship is always a special occasion, but also practical (I wore bluejeans to the recent bonfire and lots of OFF). I think that sometime ritual garb can "set the mood" and don't think there is anything wrong with it, but to outsiders sometimes it can seem more like we're "playing Viking" than being part of a serious ritual.
Raziel Eld'gereth Friday, October 26, 2007, 15:09:28 PDT
i can't find most Norse garb, so i usually wear my gothic short skirts and tops. i occasionally borrow friend's stuff
Noel Saturday, October 13, 2007, 05:43:55 PDT
I dont feel I have to play dress-up to worship my Gods/Goddesses.
knut Sunday, August 19, 2007, 01:43:45 PDT
to me "Norse garb", is like, Christians wearing suits collars and Religious robs. It helps you feel you are in a special different time and space. However I am not apposed to more modern attire for gothi, and regular cloths for the folk. (but Pleas dont copy the chritians robs. we need our look)
Omarion Sunday, June 24, 2007, 20:06:20 PDT
Good Site . Nice work.
lisa c egglesoton / amberwynd robertsdotter Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 11:29:51 PDT
I find that wearing norse garb is not a nessery thing to do at every sumbles/bloats tht should be done on very specail event days link a naming of a child - Oathing oneself to the high holy ones and to onew kindred (if asked or have found one) and High holy day of ones own choice ~ this is my feelings and thoughts on this matter ~
lisa c egglesoton / amberwynd robertsdotter Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 11:29:34 PDT
I find that wearing norse garb is not a nessery thing to do at every sumbles/bloats tht should be done on very specail event days link a naming of a child - Oathing oneself to the high holy ones and to onew kindred (if asked or have found one) and High holy day of ones own choice ~ this is my feelings and thoughts on this matter ~
Eìrikr Tyrsig Monday, May 14, 2007, 04:30:42 PDT
While I do not often wear the garb of the ancient norse in a ritual setting, there is something to be said for doing so, despite what many folk will think is silly. By wearing these items you can achieve a better understanding of the lives of the old folk, and thus get a greater appreciation for who they were. The main problem I see is the fact that most groups who dress up for their rituals do so using more fantasy elements of the garb nothing really based in fact. There are fine examples or what the old folk wore and no it wasn't all furs or horned helms ( which I have seen many times among Hofs and kindreds. for most of the Viking era the Norse wore guseted linen under tunics which were tight fitting at the sleeve and wollen over tunics of the same style, both were long sleeved. Their pants were trousers made of linen or wool as well in various styles, they wore leg wrappings called puttees which were made most commonly of wool. Women wore a similar linen under tunic that stretched to the ankle and the usually wore a Hangrok or apron dress made of wool over that. Also it should be noted that there is no evidence that weaponry was allowed inside a place of worship sine this space was refered to as a place of Frith or peace. The main problem I see in the way most people practice the Asatru at least here in America is that it is over run by fluff, outside elements are constantly being brought in to make the people who practice it feel better about their faith, thats not what the faith is here for. The faith is here for us to honor our fathers and mothers not to use as a form of therapy. This faith is not an easy one for most but those who truly take it to heart can see that it is a wonderful thing and more complete than any other of the reconstruction beliefs.
alex Friday, March 23, 2007, 17:39:49 PDT
i never where stuf like that. i get fur coats and all that stuf P.S i am rich
mgkilrw ropghez Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 15:41:02 PST
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Anders Froststrom Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 13:11:26 PST
I don't think it's cool to play around like that. My Ancestors may not like it. I would much rather dress as I do now, in the style of today. Besides, I'm not so rich as to be able to afford traditional garb!
Friday, January 05, 2007, 03:47:19 PST
Marvelous. Thanks, will spread this among my friends!
Friday, January 05, 2007, 01:19:52 PST
Marvelous. Thanks, will spread this among my friends!
Thursday, January 04, 2007, 23:20:05 PST
Marvelous. Thanks, will spread this among my friends!
Tuesday, December 26, 2006, 22:32:22 PST
Marvelous. Thanks, will spread this among my friends!
Tuesday, December 26, 2006, 18:12:01 PST
Marvelous. Thanks, will spread this among my friends!
Asgeirr Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 07:32:45 PST
It's my religion and it ISN'T a game or a "costume party".
Monday, October 30, 2006, 11:37:06 PST
Si eres cualquier cosa como mí, odias el pensamiento del gasto cuarenta horas a la semana en un trabajo del punto muerto. Las luces fluorescentes de zumbido, la gerencia idiota, el hecho de que necesitas despertar doloroso temprano - el único alto punto son que viene viernes cada semana. Dije tan a me, allí me consigo ser una manera mejor. ¡Una cierta manera de hacer el dinero que me deja fijar mis propias horas y hacer una cantidad cómoda del dinero!
al Tuesday, October 24, 2006, 18:48:10 PDT
I do not beleive that ritual garb is something that is needed every time you perform ritual or even ever. but I DO beleive that your weapon of choice shoild be with you. one of the things that separates asatru from the modern monoreligions, is the fact that we as a group still value pride and honor. they have taken the beleif that nothing in my wallet is worth dying for. but I beleive that stopping you from taking my walet is worth dying for. would thor let you dishonor or rob him???? our use of personal hand weapons and our pride and honor and feelings of protection for family and friends separates us and makes us what we are.
Lyra Logan Saturday, October 21, 2006, 01:59:18 PDT
90% of the time, and the otehr 10% being when my old ones are worn and I am in the process of creating new ones. Myself, and others here, create our garb the old way: We hunt and tan our own hides, sew them, trim them, and the like without any machines, and even cord our own sinew at times.
Jan Gerstner Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 14:25:42 PDT
Most ritual garb looks contrived or ostentatious. What's the point? Wear something comfortable or that honors the Gods. Die Valkyrie and Heimdal have been greatly important in my life. Should I wear wings? Carry a spear? My mother wears a Viking ship brooch, pin, ring or pendant. I'd wear one to honor her.+
edvardas Thursday, August 17, 2006, 16:41:36 PDT
i am going to dragon con, and would like to go as Wodan. I have a general idea
Andru Friday, August 04, 2006, 15:04:32 PDT
I simply prefer to wear the clothing of my era, my ancestors did.
Grimsteinr, Gothi-HofBrau Kindred, Asatru Alliance, AFA, Logretta Thursday, July 20, 2006, 11:41:39 PDT
We wear Garb on occasion, for Weddings, Namings and Memorial services/Funerals. We do not require it at Kindred Blots or Summels.
M.S. Cocherl Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 20:38:40 PDT
Again, the pool needs a "sometimes". Lets face it, most of the fun/public/outdoors/comunity rites are in the warmer months of the year. The farther south you live the hotter it gets. Most of my garb is made of wool, felt, fur and various metals. Not condusive to summer heat. I'm working on lighter cotton outfits. M.S. Cocherl SFC, USA (RET)
Cathy Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 16:46:49 PDT
It's a choice. But it seems to me that to wear outdated fashions seem to maek a statement that this is an outdated faith, something from the past - and the believers are stuck in the past. It's fine to wear it now and again for special occasions, like national costumes, but I am a 21st century gal and hold to a 21st century faith.
MD Monday, May 01, 2006, 16:41:23 PDT
The wearing of "garb" smacks of D&D/RPG/LARP. I find that the few images of people dressing up look ridiculous, no matter how "viking" they might feel. A helm made from a cooking pot, still is a cooking pot. Leave the garb for halloween folks. The dress of our modern age should be enough for anyone. How silly would it be in 500 years for someone to be wearing what we wore in the 70's and 80's. Hel, thats silly enough now. MD
Wulfgrim Wednesday, March 08, 2006, 08:34:38 PST
I have neither the skill nor the money to make/buy ritual garb!
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Doug Freyburger Wednesday, January 04, 2006, 06:45:29 PST
I used to say costumes are for the person wearing them to help set their mood, and I don't need props to do that. Then I realized that I have a "Viking World Tour" teeshirt that I wear to any planned group Blot. Sure enough, I wear something different from plain clothes.
Tracie Sunday, November 20, 2005, 14:20:22 PST
It comes to me that there are certain practicalities involved that would come into play when choosing garb to wear for a rite. I live in Florida, where we have nuclear mosquitoes and fire ants and burrs in the grass and saw palmettos and whatnot, so for doing outdoor rites jeans and protective shoes is entirely appropriate. That, and a lot of Norse garb is better suited to *cold weather* which we don't get a lot of here. It's too hot most months for heavy Northern European garb. Indoor rites are a bit different, but I simply see no reason to dress any differently for a Norse blot than I would to attend services at the UU church (which I do attend). I'm me no matter what I'm doing, so I'll dress like me. Beyond that, I just take pains to ensure that whatever I'm wearing, it's in my lady's colors, blue and white (I am a devotee of Frigga).
Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 19:25:20 PST

odgar Thursday, October 20, 2005, 03:19:12 PDT
while it may be fun to dress up so to speak in period pieces, what period would you have as official garb. This type of thing is like those weekend warrior instant biker types, that whole biker in a box fad.
jurgi bjornson Thursday, September 29, 2005, 22:24:21 PDT
through my studies i have found a great deal of prase about our ancestors ability to adapt to environments and cultures. it is one of our greatest strenghths. i do not see the point of stepping backward in time when we move forward. you do not see christians and jews dressing as peasants. why should we? it would be nice to see a traditional look from our "priesthood" but we have no major organized and set way of these things. our numbers are too small to be consernd with such matters.
Deor Thursday, August 11, 2005, 07:04:01 PDT
I know the old arguments like 'the vikings did not dress up as bronze-age types, so why should we dress like vikings to perform rituals?' and 'The Gods don't care what we wear do they?' but I feel that Norse garb really helps to set the mood. We are very visual creatures and period dress really sets the ritual apart from the mundane whilst helping us to focus on and respect our ancestors.
Adele Monday, May 16, 2005, 23:53:58 PDT
In response to some people's statements that nudism/skyclad somehow has a place in Asatru, you are incorrect. Men were actually mocked for showing their chests. This is obviously a mix up with wicca/conventional paganism. that said, Every religion has their own set of cerimonial clothing. christian monks have habits, buddhist monks have saffron robes..... why should we be any different? If someone wants to wear Historical clothing, i dont see whats wrong with it, as long as its not a joke (ie, wearing a cape with a hood. Norse capes were rectangular pieces of fabric fastened at the shoulder. Just another wicca mix-up)
ulfsøn Thursday, May 12, 2005, 05:49:55 PDT
The gods do not care what clothes you wear! it is your spirit that matters. if you are onest, armed, and have washed your face, you are worthy of there attention.
Agantyr Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 13:25:30 PDT
In response to Chad, I would say that adorning ritual attire is not only out of respect, but is also well documented in the historic records. In fact, I believe that in wearing special atiire for ritaul,it is a sign of affection to the Gods. And remember, the Xtians stole their ritual and customs from US, not the other way around.
ragard leftantsson Friday, April 22, 2005, 08:58:08 PDT
I personally live in my traditional Icelandic clothes
Rik Pfaelzer Thursday, April 14, 2005, 13:31:02 PDT
I have never attended an "official" gathering. But I have spent the holidays in the wilds with both Wolves and Ravens when possible and have shared meals with both. I have been lucky to live in places far from man at times.
Rebekah Tuesday, February 15, 2005, 11:38:27 PST
If I had anyone in my area to join me...
Friggsdottir Thursday, February 10, 2005, 01:31:10 PST
I have a homemade dress I wear to Dagorhir (kind of like SCA, but using hand made foam-and pvc pipe weapons -- go to for more info) that I use also in ritual.
hi Monday, January 31, 2005, 15:25:26 PST
This poll sucked suck my a** I hate u ****u
axel Sunday, January 02, 2005, 20:57:01 PST
no place around here for worship
Theo Monday, December 06, 2004, 13:12:38 PST
This is no roleplaying for me but a serious business. Garbs etc surely looks nice but as I see it they are for past. Modern men and women should wear contemporary clothing. Next time you might ask aswell: Dy you prefer a car or a horse as your daily transport :-) hehe
drage Thursday, November 04, 2004, 11:42:13 PST
define norse garb
Falcon Thursday, September 23, 2004, 04:02:06 PDT
It shouldn't matter. If you feel more "energized" by it, do it. This might help some people get a better focus. If not, don't wear it.We are independant individuals. There is no right or wrong answer to this question.Act accordingly to your heart and instincts :)
Melanie-astrid Freyja-idhunn ragfreyhar Tuesday, August 03, 2004, 22:31:14 PDT
every ritual i make new garb
Chad in NV Tuesday, May 25, 2004, 05:24:15 PDT
In perusing the comments left on this poll since I last looked at it, I see a common thread of thoughts that I thought needed to be pointed out. Don't any of those of you who "insist" on wearing period clothing for your rites think that maybe by doing so you are *separating* your spirituality from your everyday life? In much the same way Christians have done by setting aside one or two days of the week for their church services? IMO, you've got to be aware of the Gods and vaettir, the Alfar and Disir, everyday and look for their presence in everything. Don't compartmentalize your spirituality by dressing in ways you usually don't. Asatru is a movement of *reconstruction*, not "re-enactment". This is a Folkway, not the SCA.
Nick Tyler Tuesday, April 27, 2004, 02:46:27 PDT
Generally I do not wear full on ritual garb, as often my wife and I do our rites out in the open air of our local park. However, I do make sure that my clothes are clean and I am bathed before the rite. For our wedding we were in more formal attire. We both made our own garments. Mine was a blending of traditional and modern. I made a tunic and wore smart trousers and shoes. For the future, we are planning to wear more formal attire, when we have our own lands to worship on.
brandy Monday, April 19, 2004, 14:44:16 PDT

Alex the brand-new "convert" Wednesday, March 24, 2004, 08:17:33 PST
I'm trying to get a decent ritual garb to perform my first blot. Until that, I will only pray to the Gods. I would also raise an altar to them soon. I consider that I have to get a garb because I cannot perform my faith in public & so I would feel more connected with the Gods. In fact, I wanted to perform the Ostara ceremony but I didn't enough info to do it properly. So, I guess I'll have to wait.
Sunday, February 29, 2004, 23:46:00 PST
im not going to wear that norse garb>>>> nobody in catarman northern samar sells such things!!! hi to all my friends mark rodel dela rosa,joyce ann aboque,emmen gelera,glaiza adesas,jose pederio,evangeline alegre,rangael rodriguez,joan alvaniz and to our most beautiful classmate aiza yzobelle c. bote
aiza Sunday, February 29, 2004, 22:37:52 PST
studying about norse mythology is a hard thing>>> u might think dat its just easy but believe me>>>>> ang hirap!!! u nid more reading materials related about norse mythology and more!!! i was kind of hoping dat it is an easy study but unfortunately... ITS NOT>>> wat a life!!!
aiza aniban Sunday, February 29, 2004, 22:34:55 PST
hi to all!!!
aiza Sunday, February 29, 2004, 22:33:27 PST
studying about norse mythology is a hard thing>>> u might think dat is just easy but believe me>>>>> ang hirap!!! u nid more reading materials related about norse mythology and more!!! i was kind of hoping dat is easy to study but unfortunately... ITS NOT>>> wat a life!!!
aiza Sunday, February 29, 2004, 22:30:14 PST
im not going to dress up like dat>>>> im more comfortable of a clean shirt and jeans>>> just believe, respect and love god above all>>> and dats it>>>>
Kalithunder Monday, December 22, 2003, 15:53:24 PST
I agree with others that wearing norse garb is quite like playing dress up. However, if that is what puts your heart and mind in the right place by all means do it! I wear my everyday clothes with the adddition of my hammer pendant to blots. I recently led my first group blot and I did wear "my Sunday best", but that was for the benefit of the folk not the Gods. The Gods see me everyday, whether I am thanking them for something, asking for help with something, or attending a formal blot.
Susie Sunday, December 14, 2003, 04:42:06 PST
Never... I wear clean, modern clothes. I'm not much on playing dress-up.
freya holmgaard Thursday, November 20, 2003, 14:28:32 PST
humm i dont think thay care what I wear. iwe newer got eny sign off, them not liking me in my dayli cloth. Besite. its a bit. like roleplay when piople dress op. I dont relly have enything aboutet but i dont do it.
Agantyr Sunday, November 09, 2003, 13:10:22 PST
The Gods most certainly DO care what we wear when we appear before them to sacrifice. Remember, our folk abandoned our gods, not the other way around. The least that you can do is dress appropriately when standing before them.
Steven Monday, October 20, 2003, 14:13:12 PDT
I don't mean mean to be off topic, but Jennifer did you really meat them? I am new to Asatru and I have only been to one blot. What was it like to actually meat Thor and Odin?
Wilhelm Sunday, October 19, 2003, 22:00:42 PDT
Do you really think the gods care what you wear?
ThorfinBjorn Monday, August 25, 2003, 13:59:55 PDT
I feel as long as the heart is true, items and clothing are not a neccessity. If they help build confidence, then by all means, dress for the honor of the gods. Above all, be true to thyself and the honor and virtue will flow through from Asgard itself :)
rig svenson Sunday, August 24, 2003, 15:54:06 PDT
My Norse costume elevates me to feel worthy of being in the presence of the gods.It helps sell to me the traditional values of our ancestors. I accept that we live in modern times but ritual dress and jewellery sets us apart from mundane day to day clothes.It reinforces my beliefs in the gods also for if we are to believe that the gods hear our prayers, why not also that the gods can see us. Is a tee shirt and jeans the way you wish your gods to see you? I think not.
Jennifer Wednesday, August 20, 2003, 06:30:34 PDT
What I mean to say is that dressing your best for the Gods, no matter if it be less than what other people have, shows respect for the Gods. As it says in the Havamal: "Two wooden stakes stood on the plain, On them I hung my clothes: Draped in linen, they looked well born, But, naked, I was a nobody" and "Washed and fed, one may fare to the Thing: Though one's clothes be the worse for Wear, None need be ashamed of his shoes or hose, Nor of the horse he owns, Although no thoroughbred."
Jennifer Wednesday, August 20, 2003, 06:21:13 PDT
Someone here suggested that the gods wear cross trainers and nikes? Thats got to be the stupidest thing I ever heard! The gods have honor, and they show it. They take pride in their appearance. I met Thor and Odin, and when I did, I noticed that Odin had a cloak made of white fur, which I think may have had black spots on it too. Thor didn't have a shirt on at all. I didn't notice the rest of their clothing, but they both wore leather boots. They don't dress modern, why should they? They don't care about this modern corrupt world as much as they did when their folk knew them and worshipped them. If I were to go to a Blot, or anything else, I would wear the garb if I had any. There are only two things I have right now, one is a rune necklace on a black string, and the other is a little silver Mjöllnir on a chain. I always buy clothes that are elegantly made, with embroidery, lace or lacing. I prefer to look civilized, not like trailor trash or a whigger. But I dont know, maybe thats just me... I would make it a requirement to dress dignified, dress up. it shows respect to the gods. You wouldn't wear nikes and jeans in a church (a least not any church that I know of) so why would we have any less respect towards our gods than the christians do for theirs? That would be a dishonor to me. You should always be clean and wear your best, especially when you go to honor the gods. Anything less just annoys them.
Kitrin Monday, July 28, 2003, 21:39:40 PDT
It is important to get into the right mood for a blot and sumbel. What we wear in everyday isn't exactly putting us in the mindframe of our religion and by dressing in period garb it helps with the mindset. I know I will offend people with this statement, but I feel that if people aren't willing to dress the part then they aren't putting their minds and hearts in the right place. I mean, even Christians wear their sunday best to Church on Sunday. Historically Blots and such were a time of coming together and the wearing of the best. Why not do it now?
Steve Sunday, July 13, 2003, 18:31:36 PDT
Religon is not in what you were but is in the blood. Some people don't realize that by wearing those ancient garbs and using swords it scares people and hurts asatru as well.
irrelevant Sunday, June 29, 2003, 10:35:09 PDT
Lets face it, thats a little strange for your personal appearance in everyday life. I prefer jeans, t-shirts and shoes. Maybe for a reenactment or something, but never on an everyday basis.
Thursday, June 26, 2003, 21:11:50 PDT
i now have the opportunity to aquire such things
Markvard Jarlson Thursday, June 05, 2003, 11:04:51 PDT
I think that every religion has its sacred side and we should honor gods by wearing clothes and jewels, etc. In the other hand, norse garb don't make you necessarely a real Asatruar! Decorate your heart first, boys!
Seth Thursday, May 22, 2003, 17:30:36 PDT
I have no Norse clothes, and I might never have Norse clothes. Not that I dislike the idea, but I feel its unnecessary. Our religion continues in the modern world, and we have to live in this world and adapt to the present.
Silje Skjoldmøy Monday, April 21, 2003, 13:03:50 PDT
When I go to Viking and medieval markeds and shows I wear my highly authentic costumes, but for Blots I ofthe wear clothes inspired by historical clothing, and sometimes even pure fantasy-garment. I never wear weponds though, findin it impropiate. It's a religious setting, not a war. If you are afraid to be attacked it is har to get into the "open hearted and mindednes" I feel is nessesary to a good ritual. My only good looking warm clothing fitted for cold ocations like an outdoor blot at the wintertime is my Vikingclothing though, and I like to dress up, making it a special ocation.
Ulfrafen Thursday, April 03, 2003, 09:56:32 PST
I think it's very important to dress for blot and symble. It helps set the religious mood for all gathered.
Heather Friday, March 14, 2003, 13:41:15 PST
Ive only been to one, but if i ever get the chance to attend another, i would wear ritual clothing definatly, as i did the first time
Anne Friday, March 14, 2003, 10:38:24 PST
Are the Gods trapped in the tenth century? No, and neither am I!
Radbod Artisson Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 19:53:53 PST
Our kindred has made it a tradition to wear period clothing at Yule. This is not for any kind of ritual needs (although the Yulre rituals are held while in garb), but more for fun. It's an easy way to connect a bit more with one another and to recognize our ancestry. I certainly do not believe that it's neccessary for me to change clothes in order to please the gods--they aren't that superficial!
Kai Duvendack Sunday, February 09, 2003, 02:01:26 PST
We wear traditional viking or saxon clothes and weapons at the blóts, because ,you have a very very special atmosphere then. The clothes are like a second skin to us. Mögen Eure Wege eben und die Götter mit Euch! The Gods with You, with us all!
Svana Monday, January 20, 2003, 11:20:51 PST

Andy T. (Rabeklaue) Saturday, December 14, 2002, 16:46:43 PST
Rarely do I wear a tunic. Often I wear a heathen type of T-shirt and carry a sword or dagger on my side. I wear my hammer on a daily basis. I don't think the gods mind one way or another what you wear. Wear what you think is best and wear it well, after all it is what's in your heart not what covers it. As long as you hold Tru and present yourself with honor that's what matters. HAIL AESIR AND VANIR!!!
Andy T. (Rabeklaue) Saturday, December 14, 2002, 16:23:39 PST
Sometimes I wear a tunic or a heathen type of T-shirt, and carry a sword or dagger on my side. I wear my hammer on a daily basis. I don't think the gods mind one way or another what you wear. After all it is what's in your heart not what covers it. As long as you hold Tru and present yourself with honor that's what matters. HAIL AESIR AND VANIR!!!
Tyrulf Thursday, November 28, 2002, 22:31:55 PST
I always have my hair in topknot so that never changes though my wife will often braid it for me at Blessings. We all tend to prefer ritual garb as it adds a sense of separateness from the mundane world. We did try going without ritual wear, but found that our Blessings lacked a certain sense of holiness. But that is just our Theod.
Yulfa Tuesday, October 29, 2002, 12:24:18 PST
I always wear special garb when taking time out to honor the dieties. And yes, it's of an ancient sort which would of been worn more during Germanic life in Germania. A long time before the viking era by about 2,000 years and more. This style of clothing was worn in layers so can be as warm or as cool as needed. There are many reasons I do this, compfort, asthetics,... ( The garb is beartiful and I enjoy presenting my physical self at my best. A very teutonic cultural thing to do. ) but the most important one to me is respect for an era which was at the hieght of our spiritual belief system. After that the Romans came who were followed by the Christians. We all know where that has left us. All but extinct. I feel closer to my ancestors in the style cloths they wore. If nothing else, it defenatly puts me in the mood.
Cenwyn Friday, October 04, 2002, 14:06:13 PDT
As a person who attends Hearth blotar in England (in a forest) the the most important item of ritual garb is a pair of strong boots, three coats, thick gloves and a hat! The thought of going skyclad literally leaves me cold!
Lou Levesque Thursday, October 03, 2002, 20:10:21 PDT
I'd say it's all personal preference. Do what works for you. Me, I don't usually get into it, though I don't deny it's potential utility.
The Kithless Wednesday, August 28, 2002, 11:32:48 PDT
I alway swear my Hammer, and often I wear a Kindred shirt or a shirt from a previous event (Feast of AEgir, etc.), but I rarely wear any old Norse garb. The gods don't need that to recognize me as theirs; they only need see my spirit.
Chad in NV Friday, August 23, 2002, 21:30:29 PDT
While I may wear a wolf T-shirt for further symbolism of Odin, and do put on my antler Odin amulet for our household rites, dressing up in Viking-era garb just sounds a bit out there to me, unless it's for a Renaissance Faire. There are far more important ways to show honor to the gods than how you're dressed, IMO. Just make sure what you wear is in good repair and clean. After all, that's how they *really* did it in the Viking era. Wear your best, bathe, and show troth to the gods in your words and deeds.
Falcon Monday, August 12, 2002, 01:03:48 PDT
Never been to a Blot or Sumbel.It is what is inside that matters, not your trappings. From a clothing point of view though, I think it may help in the setting of the mind frame. There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Let your heart decide, no one should decide for you.
Bjornsdottir Thursday, July 11, 2002, 05:44:54 PDT
I wear symbolic jewelry every day and don't consider it special "norse garb"
Niklas Friday, July 05, 2002, 20:17:40 PDT
I always wear my silver Yggdrassil and amber Mjolnir, and I recently took to wearing a silver bears head as well. I'm a godhi and typically dress traditionally when at blot or thing.
Thorgerd Tuesday, July 02, 2002, 06:53:46 PDT
Ah, forgot... I wear a Thor's Hammer with the Runes I saw few months ago on my hand. I did it myself from the christian cross.
Thorgerd Tuesday, July 02, 2002, 06:51:09 PDT
What for, you funny people? :o))) Dress means nothing to a sure person (almost joking ;o))
Freyr Robertsson Friday, June 21, 2002, 12:47:42 PDT
Maybe sometime for fun but I prefer to be modern and not play dress up from a different time.
Angantyr Thursday, June 20, 2002, 23:46:48 PDT
I prefer to wear traditional Norse garb over regular clothes, though I do not always do so. While it is not necessary, I do consider it a part of my heritage, which I at least treasure - though I see I am in the minority here! :-) So it goes, but newer is not always better...
jules! Saturday, June 08, 2002, 01:04:07
i don't reallly understand... Maybe i will be smart one day and find out what the hell norse garbs and blots and stuff are but until then m eand my tiny little brain will remain humble
Edred Monday, June 03, 2002, 02:39:00
I only wear ritual Garb on Yule, Mid Summer, and on November 11th Veteran's day. Else I wear street clothes
Wulfgaar Wednesday, May 29, 2002, 14:31:30
I always wear a runic pendant (inscribed with freya's Aett) and my bronze Thorr's Hammer where ever I go. On special occasions I have a woolen heavy tunic in the Old Icelandic style that I wear. I do this not because I am trying to distance myself from the mundane 'reality' of this time and space; I am honouring the time before the monotheists came, the time when our beliefs were clear and untouched by invaders
Val Tuesday, May 14, 2002, 01:43:03
Rarely, I usually wear a Thor's hammer or Heathen symbol of some sort.
Erin Saturday, May 11, 2002, 21:24:29
Not really Norse garb, but for my transittion ritual I'm going to have a nice robe made up - purple (for the divine child), gold and silver trim for the god and goddess, and try and put in some green in there for Brigit.
Carlos Monday, April 29, 2002, 20:26:47
Such is just a fancy detail. What is the 'right' norse clothing to wear anyways? Which Viking, Celt, or Slavic tribe will provide the standardized costume model? Though it is marginally true that wearing a special cloting can give a sense of interiorization to the rite, I believe it is what is inside one's mind and heart what matters. Regarding doing it naked, I find it equally feasible. There is no regret or rejection to sex or nudity in most of Asatru, opposite to the usual pervertion in Christianity.
Neva Kindsvatter Tuesday, April 16, 2002, 04:21:00
Haven't got any Norse garb. Nobody in Grand Junction, Colorado sells such things, and I can't afford what's offered at the Rennaissance Faires and Celtic Festivals here. :(
Dylan Monday, April 15, 2002, 06:41:55
Naw, just a bra and panties - kidding. Got to get the old cloak embroidered!
Oesterreicher Sunday, March 31, 2002, 18:44:01
Our Gods live on in modern times. We have no need to wear clothing fit for another epoch. Our current cloths fit better, are warmer and protect us better. No God who loves his folk would want us to be stuck in time, wearing out-of-date clothing.
Karen Monday, March 18, 2002, 17:16:49
I don't wear ritual garb but that's just my personal preference. Those who do can look great and I understand why they do it. The one thing I do hate to see is a half-assed effort - someone in a tunic but with jeans and Nikes.
Magnus Ulfhedinn Wednesday, February 13, 2002, 18:51:30
Most times, While I do not belive that rituak garb for worship is a form of dedication, I have no problem in other forms if time is of the element.
Embla Saturday, February 09, 2002, 17:35:45
I always wear traditional norse clothes at rituals because it makes me feel closer to the goods.
Thorrve Wednesday, February 06, 2002, 23:40:01
Still working on my clothes... hopefully, soon!
Thorrve Wednesday, February 06, 2002, 23:39:39
Still working on my clothes... hopefully, soon!
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Steamy Friday, February 01, 2002, 03:13:55
I have only recently put together custom and authentic warrior garb and weapons. It took a lot of time and money to do it right. For instance, Kirby Wise the armourer, mentioned as a merchant on this site, made a fantastic 3-lobed Godfred sword for me complete with bind runes and other inlays. I would be traditional for major blots like Yule, weddings, or funerals. For spontaneous or lesser blots, no. Sumbels? Not unless they follow the blots where I am already dressed out.
Steamy Friday, February 01, 2002, 03:12:57
I have only recently put together custom and authentic warrior garb and weapons. It took a lot of time and money to do it right. For instance, Kirby Wise the armourer, mentioned as a merchant on this site, made a fantastic 3-lobed Godfred sword for me complete with bind runes and other inlays. I would be traditional for major blots like Yule, weddings, or funerals. For spontaneous or lesser blots, no. Sumbels? Not unless they follow the blots where I am already dressed out.
Xanthe Sunday, January 27, 2002, 23:35:46
I like that nude idea too. Wouldn't it be great if we had our own forest to do that in? I agree with the obese thing. That is self-hatred. It also makes me sick that some people can get that fat while other people are starving ot death. Being anorexic is just as bad though. As for actually wearing garb, I don't have the stuff to wear and I've only been an asatru for a little while. Monday, January 21, 2002, 22:47:06
At the majority of rites I wear ritual garb.
Noron Wednesday, January 16, 2002, 03:32:43
I have no Norse Garb because of yet I haven't been able to really find any that's affordable. In any case it's the belief's and celebrations that are really important, not costumes and decorations. Don't get me wrong though, costumes and decorations are good and fun but as long as they're kept within their appropriate space and don't distract from what you're really supposed to make you think about when participating in the holidays.
Aswulf Sunday, December 30, 2001, 13:00:00
My answer would be sometimes - neither often nor rarely. It depends tremendously: I enjoy wearing 'Viking' garb for various occasions, and also for some rituals, mainly the 'big' occasions within our group. Conversely, when holding 'public' rituals, we tend to wear ordinary clothes, to underline the fact that Asatru is a part of our daily life. And of course, many times when a small blessing or sumble is held on the spur of the moment, we don't rocket up to change into tunics etc.
Jon Saturday, December 29, 2001, 20:45:31
I'm sure when Heathenry was the norm that the people didn't go out of their way to look like clowns. Nor do I think it's necessary today. So many potential Heathens are turned off by unnecessary practices. The way we act and dress is among these.
Brid N Saturday, December 15, 2001, 12:02:42
I wear what is pleasing to the Gods and me to any occasion. Anything which is talismanic is always the rightest choice, especially to blot.
Gerda WinterElm Thursday, December 13, 2001, 20:23:55
I love to wear Ritual Garb, and I love my Norse garb the best. I feel that when I wear my garb it brings me closer to the Gods and helps me concentrate and feel like I am in the presence of the Gods, not to say that when I have worn mundane clothes I was any further away. Living in the Great Frozen North of Montana.
Karli Tuesday, November 27, 2001, 07:25:40
While I make "period" reproductions of clothing, tents and other norse-medieval gear for sale to SCA people (in which I participate as a merchant, I Usually wear jeans and a flannel (tartan or plaid) shirt while practicing my religion as that is what constitutes my normal clothes. If I were a Christian, I doubt I would wear a shepherds frock to church...
William McNamara Thursday, November 08, 2001, 09:22:38
My wife makes the finest (in my opinion) tunics and even dresses I have ever seen....Email
Swampwitch Thursday, November 01, 2001, 03:54:03
well if my red pants black boots and green tunic are considered ritual yes but usaly just on major blots lets see red is the tradtional color of the sedir witch green is for healing and the boots daa nothing special oyeah i got a belt pouch I keep my runestones in.And i have a Thors Hammaer on a leather chain but is it right or wrong to dress your best nope its not wreither in ritual dress or your best everyday clothes the idea is to be your best before the Gods!
Bill Monday, October 01, 2001, 01:42:11
I picture the gods in modern clothing, so I dress the same for I'm sure they did way back when.
Bob Trapp Thursday, September 27, 2001, 03:48:56
It is my custom to dress in the most appropriate clothes for the situation. This almost never means ritual garb. The old tunics are comfortable and I have a few. I know that the habit of the germano-norse people was to wear the best clothes thay could afford. I tend to follow that.
Grimsteinr Saturday, September 01, 2001, 12:49:40
I only wear ritual garb when I'm presiding at a public ritual, or occasion, such as a Wedding, or Funeral. Within my Kindred rituals, I rarely wear garb, nor do I demand it of my Kinsmen, as Goth.......JG
Vincent Tuesday, August 28, 2001, 09:41:14
We live in an other age than for example the vikings. They whore their style of clothing for their rituals and so should we. They didn't dressed like cavepeople, so why should we dres like vikings.
Lif Hiedulfr Saturday, August 11, 2001, 10:22:10
I Believe that as a Vitki that the donning of ritual garb should be reserved for seperating ones self from the mundane and to create a magikal atmosphere, seperate from ordered time and space. The people of England are a little more individualistic in thier outlook, compared to thier American cousins across the pond. Whilst those of the Priesthood reserve the right to light the torch of the Troth, it is in secrecy and silence that Odin listens.
Chip Johnson Sunday, August 05, 2001, 17:20:08
I have a problem with this.. While I respect my kindred folk to wear whatever they wish, I personally find all the "Foo-Fru" to be distracting at the rituals. I have no desire to live in the past, and the groups like the SCA have given us nothing but headaches when they come to our gatherings to "Play Viking" -ugh. Some folk find that the tunics, swords, etc.. allow them to get into the mood for ritual. I have had discussions online with some who even feel they should defend their kin and kith with spears, swords, and the like.. I'll use the most efficient weapon for the job myself, which happens to be a firearm. My Thorrs Hammer is all the Asatru garb I need.
R.G. 'Ursus' Frano Tuesday, July 31, 2001, 00:21:22
To follow up, my 'neck stone' is often worn inside my clothes, (it's NOT on a 'chain' btw), no tbecause I'm 'closet-ed', to borrow a phrase from the gay rights movement, but because the one sentence I like from my previous 'christian' belief system is the notion of one's religion being primarily an issue between one & one's Deities. I believe the biblical referance says something about not being a 'poser', (a 'pharisee', if I remember correctly), about honering the Deity-(ies) without trying to impress one's fellow humans...Coming from a catholic background to this new notion of what it means to 'render unto Ceaser/render unto God(s)', (to use another christian aphorism-sorry), seems reasonable atpresent. Having said THAT,on the two occasions I visited monasteries, wondering if I was destined for thatlife, I WAS mostimpressed with the dignity of the monks in their saffron robes, (buddhist), and plain white & brown robes, (cistercian-trappist). No one from any religious stripe could have calledthesepeople'posers'. .
Bjarki Valgardson Friday, July 13, 2001, 00:07:01
As Goðar it is our job to "lead" the Blots. We have to set the mood for our fellow Kinswo/men by example. We bring familuarity to the God/desses, in their setting of when we were still "one" with them.
madeleine Tuesday, June 26, 2001, 07:00:00
I strongly prefer not to wear Norse garb to blots and sumbels. This is 2001! I don't envision the Gods as being stuck in the 10th century, and wearing Viking garb makes the whole thing feel a little too much like role-playing. I will, however, wear garb if I'm with a group that prefers it, as I understand that for some people it really helps create a feeling of cohesion in the group, and some seem to need it to focus on the rites.
Roy Tapio Kosonen ( Saturday, June 23, 2001, 17:20:27
I wish to clarify my previous statement, in which I said that in an ideal Heathen society people would be free to go around naked if they wished, but that only those with beautiful bodies should be encouraged to do so. I do not wish to be cruel - I know that there are people whose bodies do not look good because they are ill, or are old, or were born with a deformed spine, or were in an accident. Such people cannot help the way they look, and certainly I was not referring to them. I meant that today, especially here in America, there are plenty of young people who are terribly obese, and there is no reason for this because they are otherwise healthy. It is a symptom of self-hatred, which has been imposed upon them by the society in which they live. Pride in one's appearance seems to be almost forbidden. I just find it very disturbing. I am 45 years old, but I still have a trim, muscular body, and I am proud of that. Yes, part of my reason is to attract a mate, as well as to intimidate aggressive males who might otherwise give me a hard time, but also I am this way because I feel that I am honoring our Gods and Goddesses, and my revered Ancestors, by having a healthy and beautiful body. But I have to tell you, I often feel as if the obese people around me think I'm a Fascist just because I look good. Interestingly, I have met some devout Christians who also maintain their physiques in good shape. I think their healthy instincts are more powerful than their Christian doctrines, in that one area of life.
not sure yet Wednesday, June 06, 2001, 11:50:09
I agree with Kosonen about the naturalism stuff.
IRIS magnusdottir Tuesday, June 05, 2001, 17:08:47
to frano: all jewelry i wear in on a leather strand or a nylon shoelace. i see no need for a chain (which is never strong enough) to carry thor's hammer. i think thor would prefer leather, not a prissy linked chain!
IRIS magnusdottir Tuesday, June 05, 2001, 17:06:33
to kosonen: i agree with your idea about attractive bodies. i often practice naturism but other who do should not :-) while i am of normal physique and take care of my body, the reason for going nude is to commune with nature, not to show off myself or to attract potential mates. nudists are so for self-centered reasons, not for the benefit of others. but i like your idea about maximizing our lineage.
R.G. Frano, (new!!) Sunday, May 13, 2001, 20:58:27
Having spent most of my life in a uniform, I can't honestly say this has been encountered as an issue, yet. However...I NEVER leave the house without a circular, light-butterscotch-colored, stone I wear as a necklace; It isn't much to look at, about two & 1/2 Inches across on a simple 'long' shoelace. But, (subjectively or objectively, I am not sure), I feel safer and like the day will go better with, rather than without, it. From my post christian P.O.V., it does seem analogous to the crucifixs, St's this & that-medals etc I grew up with. Additionally, I have considered getting a Gold 'Polar Bear' jewelry piece I saw in a catalogue, which ironically looks like it was 'free-handed' by the same artist who tattooed my right shoulder bear. My concernis that for a jeweler to 'mount' this item may damage the stone/the ornament, and/or may make an otherwise nice item look "tacky"/"tawdry", more 'poser' than serious...The jurie is till out on this point.
Roy Tapio Kosonen ( Thursday, April 26, 2001, 17:29:40
At the beginning, when I performed our first blots for the Great Bear Kindred, I wore a belted tunic with a traditional Finnish "puukko" knife hanging from it, but then I lent my tunic to a friend in New Jersey and never saw it again. But, I don't feel that it's all that important to always wear traditional garb - modern clothes do just as well, so long as one does not wear anything that could be disrespectful to our Gods or Folk (such as a t-shirt promoting rap "music"). In the winter I sometimes wear a traditional hand-knit wool sweater that I bought in Estonia, and which is similar to those fancy Norwegian sweaters with the ornate metal clasps in front - it has a look that is at the same time aristocratic and rustic, a unique combination. I like the idea of going skyclad, or naked, but unfortunately I have not found any place here in the crowded Northeastern U.S. that is private enough for this. I think in an ideal Heathen society, its members should be free to walk around naked if they wish, but only if they have good-looking physiques. It would be a good, natural way for our healthiest young men and women to check out each other, and it would thus promote good eugenic mating to help improve the quality of our Folk.
iris magnusdottir Friday, April 13, 2001, 20:05:57
robes in winter, else skyclad
Tanis Friday, April 13, 2001, 09:37:29
Why dress up like a Viking? The Gods are still here with us in the present time. Who knows? They might be wearing jeans and trainers themselves! Ritual garb is different to fancy dress. I find a modest cape and hood suffices.
Ryan Fairhair Tuesday, March 06, 2001, 06:14:19
I wear my tunic or my cloak and use various ritual tools such as my galdrstaff, sword, mead horn, seax knife ect. However I don't wear these things all the time. One doesn't necessarily need the ritual garbs, but ritual tools I think are a must. I like to wear ritual garb because it makes me feel my authentic and more closely tuned in with less distraction when I am in my ritual space doing galdr, seidhr, blots, sumbles ect. Ofcourse you can always internalize the runes in the Armarnen style by visualizing the runes inside you from your head to your feet rather than wear the ritual garb, but that's your choice. I prefer the ritual garb.
Conrad Sunday, February 25, 2001, 21:52:26
I wear nothing in my rituals. The Gods created us in the nude we should pay respect in the same form.
Piparskeggr Ullarsson Sunday, February 18, 2001, 02:09:25
Depends on my mood, the purpose of the Blot, other factors... Otherwise, all I need are the Holy Ones, me and a Right Good Will.
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