Hello! My name is Alixander Florian Dietrich Bragiteilen. I’m an amateur scholar in the field of Germanic/Norse History & Religion. I’ve been an on and off Germanic Heathen for six years before finally deciding to stick with it permanently, and I am a hobbyist fiction writer, artist, and poet. I’m 24 years old, and a mentally disabled, gay trans man, and I fear death and ignorance like nothing else. (You can find my fiction work here, and my poetry here.)
(In addition to me being same-gender-attracted, transgender, and disabled, I am at the same time writing as a white, dyadic, and physically abled man who practices a non-marginalized religion. I don’t expect everyone else to list these things publicly, but in keeping with my own values and code of conduct, I list them here so that there is no confusion over what it is and isn’t appropriate for me to do, and so I can be held accountable for my actions should they stray into the realm of inappropriateness. I am here to learn, not to step on toes.)
I’m a European mutt with hugely varying traceable ancestry that I won’t bore you with details about here,* and I’m proud of the good parts of my heritage. It is a deep and enduring wish of mine to connect with my ancestral homelands and my ancestors, especially my dad, who passed away when I was 14. It was all of these things that first led me to Heathenry. (In 2012, a while after finding Heathenry, I became an adherent of Hellenic Polytheism for several years, at first alongside Heathenry and then exclusively, and then in 2017 I went back to practicing Heathenry exclusively.)
Anyway, it took a bit of readjusting to get back into the swing of Heathenry after practicing Hellenic Polytheism for so long, a religion which I found to be more strict and focused on cleanliness in general, but that didn’t take long, and I’m now completely comfortable in my practice and always eager to learn more. I devote time to studying every day at my own behest, with Bragi as my mentor there to guide me along. Aside from being oathbound to Bragi, I am also oathbound to Þórr (Thor), and the other gods I am most interested in are The Alcis, Baldr, Dagr, Dellingr, Freyja, Freyr, Njǫrun (who I consider to be synonymous with Nerthus), and Týr.
Anyway, I’m here because I’ve used Tumblr as my main blogging platform for years, and I can no longer ignore its shortcomings as a platform for religious opining and researching. As I feel compelled to make publicly available in the most easily understandable way anything I learn, I hope to provide my fellow Heathens with useful and trustworthy information as I find and come to understand it myself. With all that said, I hope you enjoy reading what I have to say!
*The ethnicities I know of currently are Czech, Danish, English, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Scottish, and Slovakian. (I’ve done a lot of digging into my ancestry, obviously, and I’ve also used an AncestryDNA kit.)