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S: Anglo Saxon Religion done by Crystal Valerin

FC: Anglo-Saxon Religion Paganism vs. Christianity By Crystal Valerin

1: Anglo-Saxon Religion Paganism vs. Christianity by Crystal Valerin

2: Around the year 409 A.D came the first settlers of England that we know today. They originated from Denmark, Germany, and Holland. All similar in a lot of ways including their religion. | During the first couple of centuries the developing country practiced Paganism as its religion. Many scholars today call it Heathenism. In that practice of religion, they would make up and worship a gods and goddesses for ever single aspect of their lives. For example they would worship gods' for the weather, love, living, dieing, the trees, the stars, all elements of earth and the sky, etc.

3: The crucial time that these "supernatural beings" were when natural phenomenas would happen. As time had passed they began to distinct each phenomena with an image and character.

4: Pagan worship originally was held outside in sacred groves or on hills; they later made building to worship in. In the beginning they didn't believe that a god could be contained in four walls. | It is said that the Angles, especially were protected by forest and rivers, and they worshiped the Earth Mother goddess Nerthus. | Due to the lack of records early paganisms, all information on early gods and goddess are hard to find. The top known gods are Woden, Inguis, and Horsa. The most well known goddess Nerthus, Frige, and Helith.

5: To back this statement up in Tacitus, it's written "They judge that gods cannot contained inside walls... they consecrate graves and woodlands glades and call it names by gods that mystery which they only perceive by the same sense of reverence." | Later in letter by the Pope, Pope Gregory to Abbot Mellitus in 601 A.D for instructions on how to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. Here's a part of it, "I have come to the conclusion that the temples of idols in England should not on any account be destroyed. St. Augustine must smash the idols, but the temples should be sprinkled with holy water...for we ought to take advantage of well built temples by purifying them devil worship, and dedicating them to the service of the true God."

7: In the late fifth century, around 597 A.D. was when the Pope and Roman Christians from St. Augustine sent a group of their missionaries to convert the Anglo-Saxons' to the Christian faith. Up until 605 A.D. St. Augustine was in Anglo-Saxon territory trying to convert the kings to Christianity.

9: Beowulf is great example of the transferring of religions, from paganism to Christianity. It has Biblical references and good defeating evil which refers to the Christian faith. It also has the those who don't know God on a personal level turn back to their old ways and sacrifice to the Devil and heathen to help them

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