un The Pennsylvania German Heathen Alliance for the Urglaawe
Urglaawe: A Heathen Path through a Deitsch Lens
What is Urglaawe?
Urglaawe is a tradition within Heathenry that is derived from the living Deitsch (Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvania Dutch) folk culture.
Broken down and translated, "der Urglaawe" literally means "the original faith" in the Deitsch language. Our focus is on the pre-Christian religious and cultural undertones that still flow through the Pennsylvania German culture. Although the Pennsylvania Germans did not exist as a distinct ethnic group during the pre-Christian era, our ancestors brought with them many Heathen practices that continued to flourish here after the Diaspora into the Americas.
Practices such as Braucherei and Hexerei as well as folklore and folk medicine will shed more light on the way our ancestors practiced the original faith. However, we are not striving to recreate the past as much as we are working to organize the Heathen elements of the Deitsch culture into a coherent and functional spiritual and religious syste with relevance in today's world.
We are neither "Folkish" nor "Universalist." Instead, Urglaawe kindreds and freeholds build their communities with those with whom values are shared. We do not tolerate racism, bigotry, homophobia, or sexism as these forces are destructive to the self and to community.
Although we view Heathenry through the lens of the Deitsch culture, one need not be of Deitsch descent to hear the call of the gods and goddesses. Interest in Urglaawe is growing in many US states, in Canada, and even well outside of the US.
For those who are new to new to Urglaawe, the best place to begin is on Distelfink Sippschaft's Resource page at: