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The Oera Linda Book has a long and controversial history. Most people believe it is a hoax. Very few people believe it is a genuine manuscript handed down from Heathen times generation to generation until today. In his introduction, Mr. Wyatt Kaldenberg gives his theory that The Oera Linda Book is a fantasy novel, mistaken for an authentic Heathen text. Mr. Kaldenberg tell The Oera Linda Book has a long and controversial history. Most people believe it is a hoax. Very few people believe it is a genuine manuscript handed down from Heathen times generation to generation until today. In his introduction, Mr. Wyatt Kaldenberg gives his theory that The Oera Linda Book is a fantasy novel, mistaken for an authentic Heathen text. Mr. Kaldenberg tells us, "When Bram Stoker's Dracula, Orson Wells' The War of the Worlds, and the Blair Witch Project all first came out many people believed they were true because they were epistolary fiction. Were they hoaxes just because some people mistook them for being true? I think not. I believe The Oera Linda Book is fiction people misconstrued as non-fiction." Kaldenberg goes on, "In 1978, I was first sent a copy of The Oera Linda Book by N.J. Teraplin who was, at the time, the former leader of the recently disbanded Runic Society out of Milwaukee. Teraplin believed the book to be genuine. I had a number of problems with it. However, N.J. Teraplin was a true believer in the book, and he saw it as a sort of Heathen Bible. The leader of the Odinist Fellowship, Else Christensen, published The Oera Linda Book in about 1979 and sold it through The Odinist newsletter. It was the topic of some debate among American Heathens during the 1970s and early '80s, then it faded out of fashion in the mid-1980s. No one really talks about it any more." Kaldenberg continues, "The Oera Linda Book has a remarkable history. It was very popular for a few years after it was first published, then it was discredited and fell from the limelight. The Oera Linda Book has greatly influenced the liberal New Age movement and is the source of many of Wicca's basic ideas. The Wiccan myth that secret pagan knowledge was passed down from generation to generation to today comes largely from the Oera Linda Book. The idea that Europe was dominated by Goddess worship, until a male sky God cult invaded our homeland and suppressed the original feminist society comes from the Oera Linda Book. Much of the New Age recreation of the old lost continent of Atlantis myth into a modern day myth came from the Oera Linda Book and other sources. The Oera Linda Book ties all these New Age occult ideas together with liberalism and egalitarianism." The Oera Linda Book, begins, "You must preserve these books with body and soul. They contain the history of all our people, as well as of our forefathers. Last year I saved them in the flood, as well as you and your mother; but they got wet, and therefore began to perish. In order not to lose them, I copied them on foreign paper. In case you inherit them, you must copy them likewise, and your children must do so too, so that they may never be lost. Written at Liuwert, in the three thousand four hundred and forty-ninth year after Atland was submerged-that is, according to the Christian reckoning, the year 1256." The Oera Linda Book ends with, "Thereupon all was confusion. Askar, who thought that all was going on well, landed with his ships on the other side of the Scheldt; but there they were already aware of his coming, and were on their guard. He had to flee as quickly as he had come, and was himself taken prisoner. The Gauls did not know whom they had taken, so he was afterwards exchanged for a noble Gaul whom Askar's people had taken with them. While all this was going on, the Magyars went about audaciously over the lands of our neighbours. Near Egmuda, where formerly the citadel Forana had stood, they built a church larger and richer than that which Askar had built at Staveren. They said afterwards that Askar had lost the battle against the Gauls, because the people did not believe that Wodin could help them, and therefore they would not pray to him. They went about stealing young children, whom they kept and brought up in the mysteries of their abominable doctrines. Were there people who..."


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The Oera Linda Book has a long and controversial history. Most people believe it is a hoax. Very few people believe it is a genuine manuscript handed down from Heathen times generation to generation until today. In his introduction, Mr. Wyatt Kaldenberg gives his theory that The Oera Linda Book is a fantasy novel, mistaken for an authentic Heathen text. Mr. Kaldenberg tell The Oera Linda Book has a long and controversial history. Most people believe it is a hoax. Very few people believe it is a genuine manuscript handed down from Heathen times generation to generation until today. In his introduction, Mr. Wyatt Kaldenberg gives his theory that The Oera Linda Book is a fantasy novel, mistaken for an authentic Heathen text. Mr. Kaldenberg tells us, "When Bram Stoker's Dracula, Orson Wells' The War of the Worlds, and the Blair Witch Project all first came out many people believed they were true because they were epistolary fiction. Were they hoaxes just because some people mistook them for being true? I think not. I believe The Oera Linda Book is fiction people misconstrued as non-fiction." Kaldenberg goes on, "In 1978, I was first sent a copy of The Oera Linda Book by N.J. Teraplin who was, at the time, the former leader of the recently disbanded Runic Society out of Milwaukee. Teraplin believed the book to be genuine. I had a number of problems with it. However, N.J. Teraplin was a true believer in the book, and he saw it as a sort of Heathen Bible. The leader of the Odinist Fellowship, Else Christensen, published The Oera Linda Book in about 1979 and sold it through The Odinist newsletter. It was the topic of some debate among American Heathens during the 1970s and early '80s, then it faded out of fashion in the mid-1980s. No one really talks about it any more." Kaldenberg continues, "The Oera Linda Book has a remarkable history. It was very popular for a few years after it was first published, then it was discredited and fell from the limelight. The Oera Linda Book has greatly influenced the liberal New Age movement and is the source of many of Wicca's basic ideas. The Wiccan myth that secret pagan knowledge was passed down from generation to generation to today comes largely from the Oera Linda Book. The idea that Europe was dominated by Goddess worship, until a male sky God cult invaded our homeland and suppressed the original feminist society comes from the Oera Linda Book. Much of the New Age recreation of the old lost continent of Atlantis myth into a modern day myth came from the Oera Linda Book and other sources. The Oera Linda Book ties all these New Age occult ideas together with liberalism and egalitarianism." The Oera Linda Book, begins, "You must preserve these books with body and soul. They contain the history of all our people, as well as of our forefathers. Last year I saved them in the flood, as well as you and your mother; but they got wet, and therefore began to perish. In order not to lose them, I copied them on foreign paper. In case you inherit them, you must copy them likewise, and your children must do so too, so that they may never be lost. Written at Liuwert, in the three thousand four hundred and forty-ninth year after Atland was submerged-that is, according to the Christian reckoning, the year 1256." The Oera Linda Book ends with, "Thereupon all was confusion. Askar, who thought that all was going on well, landed with his ships on the other side of the Scheldt; but there they were already aware of his coming, and were on their guard. He had to flee as quickly as he had come, and was himself taken prisoner. The Gauls did not know whom they had taken, so he was afterwards exchanged for a noble Gaul whom Askar's people had taken with them. While all this was going on, the Magyars went about audaciously over the lands of our neighbours. Near Egmuda, where formerly the citadel Forana had stood, they built a church larger and richer than that which Askar had built at Staveren. They said afterwards that Askar had lost the battle against the Gauls, because the people did not believe that Wodin could help them, and therefore they would not pray to him. They went about stealing young children, whom they kept and brought up in the mysteries of their abominable doctrines. Were there people who..."

30 review for The Oera Linda Book: A Neo-Pagan Fantasy Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Timár_Krisztina

    Fríz irodalom: abszolválva. (Még ha önálló államuk nincs is.) Kár, hogy a szerzője sose vallotta magáénak ezt az ötletes kis alternatív történelmi regényt. Lehet, nem építettek volna akkora kultuszt köréje, mint így, hogy elhitették róla, hogy Atlantisz pusztulásától a XIII. századig terjedő időszak fríz történelmének középkori krónikája. Cserébe ő lehetett volna a műfajteremtő, aki már az 1870-es években ráérzett arra, mi lesz a divat százötven év múlva. Oké, írni nem tudott, mert ahogy csinálj Fríz irodalom: abszolválva. (Még ha önálló államuk nincs is.) Kár, hogy a szerzője sose vallotta magáénak ezt az ötletes kis alternatív történelmi regényt. Lehet, nem építettek volna akkora kultuszt köréje, mint így, hogy elhitették róla, hogy Atlantisz pusztulásától a XIII. századig terjedő időszak fríz történelmének középkori krónikája. Cserébe ő lehetett volna a műfajteremtő, aki már az 1870-es években ráérzett arra, mi lesz a divat százötven év múlva. Oké, írni nem tudott, mert ahogy csinálja, az dögunalom (lehet, hogy ezt röstellte, azért nem vallotta be?), de a világépítés egyáltalán nem rossz. Igaz, hogy jó se. Ezért a megfelelő jelző az "ötletes". Igen, a szerzőnek határozottan vannak ötletei. El tud képzelni egy rokonszenves, igazságos, békés kis társadalmat... oppardon, még hogy kicsi, hát behálózzák fél Nyugat-Európát, segítenek a primitív görög kecskepásztoroknak államot alapítani, Nagy Sándornak Arábiát felfedezni (kár, hogy nem éri meg a végét), és jóval előtte belakják Indiát. Az egy dolog, hogy az 1870-es években nem túl nagy területen éltek a frízek, és nem alkottak szuverén államot. Az alternatív történelem mindent helyrepótol - mint említettem, Atlantisz pusztulásával indítva. De nem akarok csúfolódni: ez a része a világépítésnek tényleg rendben van. Lett volna még rajta mit dolgozni, például nem igazán világos, hogy ha a közösségeket mindig nők irányítják (mitológiai gyökerű indoklással), akkor miért nem tölthetnek be alacsonyabb pozíciókat is (pl. hajóskapitány, iparosmester, katona stb.). De ez részletkérdés, a műfajteremtés ilyen gyerekbetegségekkel jár, ezt ugyanúgy nem rovom fel neki, mint ahogy azt sem (pedig piszkálja a csőrömet), hogy akkor már mér ne lehetne teljes egyenlőség, és lenne általában nemtől független a pozíciók/rangok betöltése, uralkodótól suszterig. Ilyenekért nem vonok le csillagot. Mi kellett volna ahhoz, hogy jó legyen? (Az írói vénán kívül. Azt, hogy ez a krónika ennyire száraz, nem bocsátom meg.) Például a háttér rendes feltárása. Például egyetlen árva pillantás a XIII. századi Európa térképére, könyörgöm. Hogy legalább köszönő viszonyban legyenek vele az alternatív történelmi viszonyok. Én esküszöm, felfüggesztettem a kételkedésemet az előszó olvasása közben, én esküszöm, le akartam nyelni, hogy ezt tényleg a középkorban írták. Végül is kijeim nekem a frízek, hát nem mindegy énnekem, gyarmatosítottak-e Indiában ezelőtt ezer évvel, és ők adtak-e nevet a görögöknek?! (A könyv hajmeresztő névetimológiái még szórakoztatóak is, komolyan mondom. Ha nem az 1870-es évekről lenne szó, azt mondanám, a mi Anonymusunk súgott a szerzőnek. A névtelensége még stimmelne is.) Én egészen odáig bármit hajlandó voltam elhinni a fríz Anonymusnak, amíg meg nem érkeztek a történetbe a kontinens északkeleti részéről a finnek és a magyarok. Jahahaj. Legalább a líveket odatette volna még, ahhoz tényleg elég lett volna egy korabeli Európa-térkép. Ilyeneket, hogy mordvinok, vepszék, manysik, lehet, nem is igényelnék. De ez így... hogy hallott harangozni a magyar meg a finn nyelv rokonságáról, és mindjárt egy brancsba söpri őket, a háttérnek, a többi népnek, a nyelvek hasonlóságának meg semennyire nem néz utána, hát mondjátok meg, így kell regényt írni? És mindjárt alternatívat, mikor a "rendes" történelmet se ismeri? Szóval engem itt elveszített az Oera Linda Book. Még ha nem lett volna ennyire unalmas. Vagy több atlantiszos elképzelést tartalmazna. (Sajnos éppen csak megemlíti a pusztulását.) De így... Ötletes kis alternatív történelmi regény, aztán higgye el, aki akarja (más nagyon nem fogja), és élvezze, aki tudja (irigylem). Utóirat: Amúgy nem bánom ám, hogy elolvastam, mégiscsak műfajteremtő. De több csillagot erre nem kap.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael McLeod

    I picked up this book after being recommended to by a good friend. I don't care for the authenticity debate regarding this book. However. What this book details in regards to priests and princes methods for control over a society and its peoples and those they have not controlled are exactly how our governments and priests behave today. Reading this book was like reading the past, present and future. It does not matter if this book is real or fake it really doesnt. It is the messages the writers a I picked up this book after being recommended to by a good friend. I don't care for the authenticity debate regarding this book. However. What this book details in regards to priests and princes methods for control over a society and its peoples and those they have not controlled are exactly how our governments and priests behave today. Reading this book was like reading the past, present and future. It does not matter if this book is real or fake it really doesnt. It is the messages the writers are putting across that are important. At some point 2 civilisations were at heads with one another, the just and noble one lost. Under the same tactics most countries lose their freedom to in todays world. Please ignore wiki entry for this. it is very biased. I disagree with some of the methods and statements that were said. For example the paper was disputed. With something so old you would naturally add it to new better paper as time went on to maintain the book itself. Just was we update our techologies on to new ones. Paper - Digital hard drives etc....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karla Baldeon

    Review on Spanish. Este libro no debería ser tomado como nada más que un relato de fantasía. Quizá uno de los primeros de su género en la Historia. Sin embargo, es todavía interesante por una serie de cuestiones. En primer lugar sus descripciones geográficas junto con fechas históricas, que la hacen más verídica y comprobable (recordándome mucho al estilo borgiano), lo cual siempre ayuda a crear el ambiente fantástico. Por otro lado, la descripción de las ceremonias y leyes de los pueblos antiguos, Review on Spanish. Este libro no debería ser tomado como nada más que un relato de fantasía. Quizá uno de los primeros de su género en la Historia. Sin embargo, es todavía interesante por una serie de cuestiones. En primer lugar sus descripciones geográficas junto con fechas históricas, que la hacen más verídica y comprobable (recordándome mucho al estilo borgiano), lo cual siempre ayuda a crear el ambiente fantástico. Por otro lado, la descripción de las ceremonias y leyes de los pueblos antiguos, que desde el punto de vista antropológico todavía pueden servir para darnos un entendimiento del pensamiento del ser humano del siglo XIX. Además del trabajo de investigación y el conocimiento sobre las civilizaciones antiguas que formaron una historia alterna cohesiva y atrayente. Quizá mi única queja sobre esta lectura va por el lado de mi falta de interés personal en el tema más que en la forma casi perfecta en que es presentado. Pero opiniones personales como la mía no deben desmerecer el trabajo de la obra. Así que recomiendo que cada uno la lea y saque sus conclusiones propias. Video Review. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CQ6QK-rh...

  4. 4 out of 5

    cefas

    Frisian. This is only the translation , it doesn't include the in frisian language written book. It still is interesting and makes one wonder if it all could be true.. Frisian. This is only the translation , it doesn't include the in frisian language written book. It still is interesting and makes one wonder if it all could be true..

  5. 4 out of 5

    Suidpunt

    Weet jy, al heers daar nog omstredenheid oor die werk se egtheid ['n mens wonder byvoorbeeld of die woord 'skriwa' nie eerder uit Latyn moet kom nie], maak dit nie vir my saak nie. Dit was vir my jammer toe ek by Bonnievale se stowwerige tweedehandse winkel op 'n hele pak van hierdie blou boeke afkom. Ek het reeds by Montagu se boekwinkel vir my een gekoop, so ek weet nie of die pak nog daar is nie. Noudat die waarheid in twyfel getrek word, nou word dit sommer summier verwerp en weggesmyt. Dit Weet jy, al heers daar nog omstredenheid oor die werk se egtheid ['n mens wonder byvoorbeeld of die woord 'skriwa' nie eerder uit Latyn moet kom nie], maak dit nie vir my saak nie. Dit was vir my jammer toe ek by Bonnievale se stowwerige tweedehandse winkel op 'n hele pak van hierdie blou boeke afkom. Ek het reeds by Montagu se boekwinkel vir my een gekoop, so ek weet nie of die pak nog daar is nie. Noudat die waarheid in twyfel getrek word, nou word dit sommer summier verwerp en weggesmyt. Dit is onnodig. Mens, dit is tog dan 'n alternatiewe geskiedenis, net soos Steve Hofmeyr se "Die Verste Uur". Ons het buitendien so min lekker ou Europese mitologie en volksverhale in Afrikaans dat mens vir hierdie boek 'n rooi fluweellappie op die embuia-tafeltjie moet neerlê. Die vertaling sou ek nie beter of nader aan Afrikaans kon bring nie: ek het juis die Nederlandse vertaling met Adriaan Snyman se werk vergelyk. Ek hou ook van die postmoderne denkwyse, indien die boek wel vals sou wees: dit was Friesland wat Rome en Griekeland se beskawing beïnvloed het, nie andersom nie. Verder verklaar dit ook hoekom die Dene en Friese eintlik vandag nog daarop ingesteld is teen flambojante rykdom en blinkgoed: dit het immers hul ondergang bewerkstellig!

  6. 5 out of 5

    BookLovingLady

    Interesting... That is, the part I could read :-) And to think it is most probably a fake, written by Piet Paaltjens... Interesting... That is, the part I could read :-) And to think it is most probably a fake, written by Piet Paaltjens...

  7. 4 out of 5

    ♥Mary♦Sweet♣Dreams♠Are♥Made♦of♣This♠

    I read this supposed pagan book after finding it on a list of the strangest books out there. Before I read it, I found out that the Nazis were/are quite fond and obsessed with the book and you quickly see why, the whole Aryan race theory. I've read many old texts and this one definitely does not have the feel of old texts like The Canterbury tales, Beowulf, The Odyssey, The Iliad, etc. The writing style is quite simple to read although it is supposed to be so old. You can quickly tell that it wa I read this supposed pagan book after finding it on a list of the strangest books out there. Before I read it, I found out that the Nazis were/are quite fond and obsessed with the book and you quickly see why, the whole Aryan race theory. I've read many old texts and this one definitely does not have the feel of old texts like The Canterbury tales, Beowulf, The Odyssey, The Iliad, etc. The writing style is quite simple to read although it is supposed to be so old. You can quickly tell that it was written by someone of more modern times (around 1860s). And here's the thing, whether this book was actually copied from the old manuscript or not, it is a work of fiction and mythology, unique, was thought to be of Atlantis. But you can quickly tell that it is a work of fiction from either the olden times in that area alone (although proved not to be), or it really is a more modern fake. So we know it is a work to piss off a couple of people and used as a sort of experiment which showed results. Here is some info directly from Wikipedia. The Oera Linda Book is a 19th-century manuscript written in Old Frisian. It purports to cover historical, mythological, and religious themes of remote antiquity, compiled between 2194 BC and AD 803. The manuscript's author is not known with certainty, and it is hence unknown whether the intention was to produce a hoax, a parody or simply an exercise in poetic fantasy. The manuscript first came to public awareness in the 1860s. In 1872, Jan Gerhardus Ottema published a Dutch translation and defended it as "genuine". Over the next few years there was a heated public controversy, but by 1879 it was universally recognized that the text was a recent composition. Nevertheless, a public controversy was revived in the context of 1930s Nazi occultism, and the book is still occasionally brought up in esotericism and "Atlantis" literature. Goffe Jensma published a monograph on the manuscript in 2004, De gemaskerde god ("the masked god"), including a new translation and a discussion of the history of its reception. Jensma concludes that it was likely intended as a "hoax to fool some nationalist Frisians and orthodox Christians", as well as an "experiential exemplary exercise" by Dutch theologian and poet François Haverschmidt. Because of the infatuation of Himmler's with the Oera Linda Book and its consequent association with Nazi occultism, it became known as "Himmler's Bible". The earliest portion of the Oera Linda Book, namely Frya’s Tex, was supposedly composed in 2194 BC, whereas the most recent part, the letter of Hidde Oera Linda, dates to AD 1256. Almost half of the entire book comprises The Book of Adela’s Followers, the original text around which the rest grew. It is purported to have been compiled in the 6th century BC from a mixture of contemporary writings and ancient inscriptions. The last two sections of the Oera Linda Book, the writings of Konered and Beden, contain a number of lacunae and the book itself breaks off in mid-sentence. It also mentions Atland (the name given to Atlantis by the 17th century scholar Olof Rudbeck), which was supposedly submerged in 2193 BC, the same year as 19th century Dutch and Frisian almanacs, following traditional Biblical chronology given for Noah's flood.[7]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Juan Gallardo Ivanovic

    Interesting view of History from the other side of the coin. I wouldn't bother to confirm authenticity, as I took this book as Myth (like Norse, Egyptian, Hebrew, etc.). The only problem that I've found on this book is basically, a lot of references and footnotes that repeat terms - i would probably add an annex with glossary rather than footnotes. Those terms distract the reading and an about of 70% is not necessary (my opinion). Interesting view of History from the other side of the coin. I wouldn't bother to confirm authenticity, as I took this book as Myth (like Norse, Egyptian, Hebrew, etc.). The only problem that I've found on this book is basically, a lot of references and footnotes that repeat terms - i would probably add an annex with glossary rather than footnotes. Those terms distract the reading and an about of 70% is not necessary (my opinion).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pat Schakelvoort

    Frisian family chronicle telling the story of the creation of the world and how the Frisians shaped it. It's universally seen as fake, even if the family chronicle is true the contents are still mythical. Frisians are stated to be Freya's people and had a matriarchy. What is never mentioned about the book is the theories that the Finns are Magyars, in the book led by the king Magy. A theory propagated by the Finnn Matthias Castrén ( 1813–1852) the book was "discovered" in 1867. Frisian family chronicle telling the story of the creation of the world and how the Frisians shaped it. It's universally seen as fake, even if the family chronicle is true the contents are still mythical. Frisians are stated to be Freya's people and had a matriarchy. What is never mentioned about the book is the theories that the Finns are Magyars, in the book led by the king Magy. A theory propagated by the Finnn Matthias Castrén ( 1813–1852) the book was "discovered" in 1867.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Can't wait to read this! Can't wait to read this!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jan

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dank Memes

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adriano Cunha

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rati Shubladze

  15. 4 out of 5

    rkosurvivor

    Felt like a solid waste of time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alvaro Gutierrez

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vici Kiehm

  18. 5 out of 5

    NoNameLoves2Read

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eardstapa

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mila İrem Aydın

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wralda

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Smith

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex Ronk

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lawrence Moran

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tay

  27. 4 out of 5

    Keren Esebua-Beniashvili

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kait

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wyatt Kaldenberg

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