The Saxon people were amongst the last of the Germanic peoples to be converted to xtianity. Unlike the Icelanders the Saxons fought to the death to preserve their heathen religion and overturn the advances of xtianity. Xtianity had to be imposed upon the Saxons by fire and by the sword. They did not meekly agree by voting to swap religions as happened in Iceland in about 1000 CE.
Widukind (also known as Wittekind) led the Saxons in defence of their heathen religion against Charlemagne (Karl der Große) in the `Saxon Wars` from 777 to785 CE. The rebellion against Karl`s Franks was no doubt precipitated by the disgraceful destruction of the Irminsul sanctuary in 772. Unlike many of the other Saxon nobles he refused to appear at Karl`s court in Paderborn in 777. The Frankish Annals refer to him as a `traitor` and an `insurgent`-words still used by today to demonise the opponents of the Zionist-American NWO.
The Saxons retaliated against the Franks (the NWO of the day) by destroying xtian churches, much like the Vikings did a little later. Karl desperately wanted to incorporate the Saxon lands into his empire, much like the NWO is doing today in eastern Europe. Widukind`s companion and fellow Germanic heathen was the Danish Sigfred who was possibly the famous Sigurd Hring. The Nibelungenlied records an alliance of the Saxons and Danes against the Franks led by Siegfried. Gudmund Schuette in his Our Forefathers the Gothonic Nations Volume II refers to:
"Saxon-Danish political co-operation against the Franks from the sixth to the ninth century."
Warfare between the Saxons and Franks intensified between the years 782-784 and this culminated in the Massacre of Verden, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) in 782 when 4,500 Saxon rebels were captured and massacred for their refusal to capitulate to Karl and accept the alien religion of xtianity. National Socialist Germany honoured these heathen martyrs and a memorial known as the Sachsenhain (Saxon Grove) was erected in 1935 which still stands today. The memorial takes the form of 4,500 boulders to represent each of the martyrs beheaded by the butcher Karl.
Widukind translates as `child of the woods`. We are reminded of the English Saxon Robin i` the Hood, who was also considered to be an `outlaw`, fighting against foreign Norman domination and is also considered to be a Woden archetype.
So persistent was Saxon heathenism that in the 9th century a special baptismal vow, the Old Saxon Baptismal Vow had to be worded when converting the Saxons to xtianity:
"End ec forsacho allum dioboles uuercum and uuordum, Thunaer ende Uuôden ende Saxnôte ende allum thêm unholdum thê hira genôtas sint."
"'I renounce all the deeds and words of the devil, Thunaer, Wōden and Saxnōt, and all those fiends that are their companions".
The Anglo-Saxons were likewise noted for their `fanatical heathenism`. Gudmund Schuette makes the interesting point that although the Angles were only a minority with the Jutes when compared to the more numerous Saxons yet it is their name rather than Saxon which was eventually adopted by the English nation.He speculates that this was because of the `bad reputation` that the Saxons had because of their `fanatical heathenism`. Today we should take this as a compliment!
"The Christian Anglo-Saxons, already accustomed to the supremacy of Anglian priests, naturally felt and emphasised their difference from the continental Saxons who had fallen into ill repute because of their remaining heathen for centuries longer. The contrast between Anglians who were Christians, and Saxons who were heathen fanatics, which at one time was noted in Britain, was later insisted on as distinguishing the united Anglo-Saxons from their continental kinsmen. This circumstance certainly discouraged the British Saxons from emphasising their own national name, which had in international use fallen into disrepute because of its association with the abominable savagery of paganism. They were henceforth compelled to prefer the name of Angles as a safeguard against being confused with their former brethren.
"First of all the Saxons excluded the use of their own name through their heathen fanaticism. The consequence was not to be wondered at. The strange thing is that there should have existed, here, as in German Saxony, such a degree of fanaticism as to prove a dead weight in the competition for a higher civilisation. Fortune had bestowed on the Saxons a port like London, and that part of the British coast most directly facing the Continent. But a century of obstinate paganism delayed the development of civilisation among the South Saxons so much that the Angles, though less favoured by natural conditions, got ahead of them and secured for the name `English` an inalienable supremacy."
Schuette throughout his work emphasises the `fanatical heathenism` of the Saxons and this is something that we as Saxons or Anglo-Saxons today, who hear the call of the blood, which is none other than the call of the Gods should take heathen and racial pride in. Indeed I would go so far to say that as it is the Saxon element that predominately made up the Anglo-Saxons in England we as heathens should consider the abandoning of the name of `English` once and for all. I will here enumerate my reasons for this:
1. The ethnic English are predominately Saxon in origin, not Anglian.
2. The Saxons unlike the Angles clung tenaciously to their natural religion. There were of course honourable and notable exceptions such as King Penda of Mercia.
3.English or Anglian is wrapped up in xtianity via Anglicanism. The two are almost synonymous.
4.Non-English immigrants and their decendants are increasingly identifying themselves as being not just `British` (a civic nationality) but as `English`.
5. One who is not Germanic can not possibly identify him or herself as Saxon and this helps to preserve both our ethnic and religious identity.
6. The term `Saxon` alligns our racial and religious identity with that of our continental Germanic brethren and away from zionist `Britain`.