Between hearing about the bill they’re trying to pass to discriminate against asian american kids in California schools, and having someone reblog one of my posts to give me badly disguised shit for following Loki a little, I am not pleased with humans today
I wasn’t trying to…
I see. I completely misunderstood you.
In that case I apologize for my reaction. I’ve hard kind of a rough time lately and sometimes I will have a knee-jerk reaction like that.
Since your question is serious, it goes like this. The mythological material that was have (Snorri’s Edda and the Codex Regius) dates to the 13th century, after the Christianization of Iceland.
There is a lot of debate among scholars regarding the precise worldview of pre-Christian Scandinavia, but in general the idea of good and evil is a very Christian concept.
There is no evidence for the worship of Loki in archaeological or historical sources, but there are holes in the archaeological and historical record. We know for a fact that we are missing a huge amount of the Eddic and Skaldic poetry, because of references in the poems we have to other events, pages that have been torn out of the original manuscripts, etc. There is no way to know how much of the material we have and how much we are missing. Some of the missing material, such as what was in the Meiri in the Codex Regius, can be pieced together from other manuscripts (the Volsunga Saga in this case). But we don’t have that kind of cross reference for much of the missing material. In short, there is no way to know what is in there.
We have to remember that the Poetic Edda is a medieval manuscript. It was written with an agenda in the mind of the compiler. Just what that agenda might have been is a subject of scholarly debate, but we know that this person had to pick certain myths for certain reasons, and we have to take everything in the Codex Regius as pieces that are meant to support the compiler’s agenda.
Archaeologically, historical worship of particular gods is very difficult to establish. In Scandinavia, sacred spaces were often outdoors, and godpoles and other perishable idols were used, making that even more difficult to establish.
But, as you in your original post, the gods aren’t separated in discrete categories. The lines between Jotunn, Vanir, Aesir, Alfar, and even Human are blurred in the mythological material. I tend to accept mythology as an analog for ancient society, and interpret the struggle to reconcile friend and foe as an expression of the tribal nature of ancient Germania.
I consider myself reconstructional, and I choose to take most of my sources from scholarly works regarding history, archaeology, mythology and folklore, with some supplement from purely religious/devotional works.
There comes a time, however, when we all have to fill in with our own feelings and experiences. I follow Loki as readily as I follow Thor, and I do not consider this to be a conflict of interest in any way. I do so because I’ve had experiences with him, and he has helped me in my life.
I hope that answered your question clearly. Since I misunderstood your original post, I’m not certain quite what you were looking for.