Axenthof Thiad is an independent Thiad (the Frisian word for tribe — equivalent to Old English theod). We are part of the movement in the Germanic religious revival known as Theodish Belief. By the criteria often in use today, we would be reckoned High Theodish, our roots going back to the fostership of Gerd Etheling under Garman Cyning. We base our customs or thew (Old Frisian thaw) and beliefs (Old Frisian Â) on those of the Frisian peoples from heathen times. Although we base our thaw on a particular Germanic tribe of the early middle ages, we make no claim to be the only legitimate heirs to their thew. A declaration pertaining to a change of name from the old Fresena Thiad to Axenthof Thiad from her lord, Gerd Forsta states in part:
“The first is that it seems very odd and artificial to me to identify ourselves only with the particular ancient Germanic ethnicity with whom we are trying to reconnect. …While I have no objection to following particular ethnic thews (indeed, if I am not the first person to have decided to make a non-Anglo-Saxon theodish belief, I am certainly one of the first), I think we are making an error if we simply identify ourselves with a particular tribe and then decide we are the one legitimate heir to the thew of that tribe. Personally, if another theod somewhere were to decide that they felt themselves Frisian enough to want to work with Frisian thew, I would have no objection to them doing so. Secondly, while I am Frisian by ancestry, and while we will continue to hold to Frisian thew insomuch as we can resurrect it within our theod, we are also a new tribe, made up not of Frisians but of people of various Germanic ethnicities living in various places across North America very few of which bear much resemblance to the Moors of North Germany and Holland along the North Sea coast… To my mind, it seems our name should bear a relation to where we are and where we are going at least as much as to the past that we are trying to reconnect with.” [Name Change Abanning- August 2005]
So instead of going by New Frisia/New Fresland, we have called ourselves Axenthof Thiad (pronounced Aksent-hof Thjad),
“…after the place where the Axe of Fosite was said to have turned up the turf and brought forth a spring from which the Foerspreka of the Frisians drank in silence and where the god gave them their laws. We call ourselves this out of our respect for the god Fosite, who we think is a god with much to give the modern Theodish movement and the more general heathen movement. He was a particular friend to the Frisians in elder times and we hope that he will be a friend to the folk of Axenthof Thiad in days to come.” [Name Change Abanning- August 2005].
For us in Axenthof, this is not about reenactment, but instead reconstruction and revival of ancient ways in our modern world. Our purpose is to produce a living, viable way in which to honor the Holy Ones and to raise our successive generations of folk while very much shaping today for tomorrow. We do so not only by studying the old texts and lore but by also seeing the folkway’s growth, despite Christian dominance, in the various customs of Germanic lands even up to today. Our tribe is influenced by folklore, fairy tales, and philosophies of these nations which show and bolster native thought. We are a synthesis of time and evolution while at the same time timeless and ahistorical. Many of even our recent ancestors passed down traditional customs and thought patterns which encouraged us to pursue the heathen revival and Theodism.
In Theodish Belief, every theod seems to have its own personality, collectively speaking. For Axenthof, education and learning are paramount virtues. Most of us either are educators, although of course people in other walks of life are welcome. We value a sharp mind and wit tempered with pragmatism and a willingness to always increase our understanding. We have people well versed in philosophy, literature, language, and history. We also find a profound ideal in the Holy and seek to understand it through worship, maincraft, and soulcraft. Our folk also have membership in groups such as the Rune Gild, supported in an effort to further our esoteric and intellectual knowledge and growth.
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