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Nice work by this vendor at a ren faire creating a clear, contextual, and complete explanation of why people who like runes need to be wary of neonazi associations

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Interesting turbo history lesson
I'm happy to see that people involved in Norse mythology and rune stuff are aware of this; those things are too beautiful and interesting to let nazis and friends use them as identifiers...
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Wait I just thought of an idea: ᚠᚢᛣ ᚾᚨᛉᛁᛋ ^A runic #FCKNZS sign.
This is a very smart and responsible thing to do. Also, to say it again, fuck everyone who appropriates medieval European history for alt-right hate purposes.
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This is really important to me a practitioner of Forn Siðr (Norse Paganism including Ásatrú and Vanatrú)It was difficult as a lesbian to find a group of fellow queer practitioners without unwittingly falling in with Neo-Nazi groups. I am grateful for the efforts like the vendor!
The past is not gone! People regularly pick up symbols from the ancient world and put them to their own uses.

Before you do the same, be sure you are aware of what signals you might be sending!
This is a very rad way of handling this.
White supemacy can fuck right off and get the HELL away from me and my babies.
Bless. You have no idea how weird it can be for a norse mythology (+ viking/ medieval) enthusiast in Germany when it comes to runes.
It's funny tho when you think about how many norse gods were non binary, etc. 'cause Nazis have no fucking clue 😂 Bottom line: Fuck nazis man
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The holding it down with a big iron spike is such a nice touch
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I recognize that text and the leatherwork in the photo! That was written by a friend of mine. The fierce and wonderful Hannah Storyteller.
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I've been informed that this is the artist's Etsy page! etsy.com/shop/RealVikin…
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They do the same thing with the Iron Cross, which dates from the wars of liberation against the French in the 1800`s
If you're into eurocentric medieval shit and not a dirtbag you might wanna read this to inform how you do your things
I could cry, this is so good.
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I have a rune tattoo from college, my result from a divinatory reading you're only supposed to do once in your life. The past several years I've been so wary whenever someone notices or asks about it :c
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That’s a really good atitude. We need to give white supremacists no space and appropriate back everything from them.
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Was a rude awakenin for me when fledgling friend showed interest in bone runes I was making. I made 1of his choice for xmas &it was Othala. After, he explained "the high importance of blood family" &felt comfortable sayin racist shit around me. I ollied out fast but felt so gross
If you're yt and into Norse runes/culture it's on you to clearly reject Nazis(m) because if you don't it is very reasonable for marginalised people to assume you're unsafe because 1) we can't afford to take the risk and 2) if you aren't disavowing Nazis you're gonna attract them
A great sign! Well done.
This is part of why my ancient and medieval history courses always have a day dedicated to the modern appropriation of SPQR, Futhark, crusader imagery, etc by hate groups.
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The heathens in my life are having to be so belligerent about this. I feel for them, but am also in awe of their vehemence <3 pic.twitter.com/MGyTrpP1GN
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I'm considering myself as a witch and started carrying an Algiz-Rune talisman on my bag for protection. But i'm going to add my pride-pins and a "FCKNZS" as well, so no one's confused. Didn't knew that Algiz also has the same problem as Sowilo, so many thanks for sharing this!
Also if you're Jake from Alabama and you've got no connections to anything remotely Norse and yet are absolutely obsessed with this arguably cultural bastion of white purity, you should be questioning yourself as to why.
My medieval lit Prof. confessed to me on the second day of class that she thought I might be a Nazi because I recognized and could read the Franks Casket in her slides. "At this point any pre-existing interest in the language or culture of the middle ages is a red flag for me."
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Who knew? I didn't. Now I do. Thanks.
Fuck yeah. Don't let Nazis have any ground to appropriate runes, pagan imagery, Norse/Celtic imagery, metal/punk. Make sure they know they're not welcome in our scenes. Make sure others know of their tactics. This is rad.
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It really sucks they’ve taken over Celtic and Nordic tattoos etc
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This is so perfect. We need something like this for Punisher merch now too 😭
All of last week’s @yabseminar students will be thrilled to know that THIS is what I was talking about when I said the booktrade could do better:
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Really happy to see this right after that. Restored some balance to my Twitter world. twitter.com/aclooforyou/st…
As someone who has studied (and for a while, followed) the Nordic traditions, and wish to use some of that in my books, I worry about these associations sometimes.
sadly very true :(

I learned briefly about runes at university (while studying Old Norse!), but the only time I've seen them in “real life” is, alas, on a Nazi dogwhistle sticker at a bus stop (I tore it down, by the way)

this is why everytime i start listening to a metal band that seems really into vikings, i have to scour their social media presence to make sure they aren't neo-nazis
Certainly interesting context that I did not completely know about in such clear terms. I appreciate that it is spelled out this way.
someone make a mjölnir replica that has "this machine kills nazis" stamped on it in runes
I love wearing handcrafted rune jewelry but I worry about Nazi associations. Thank you to this thoughtful vendor for explaining some of the pitfalls of displaying runes.
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This is really cool. Why do Nazis have to ruin all the cool symbols though
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As a norse pagan this is a real struggle. You have to constantly be careful of where you get your information with anything to do with the culture. I dosnt help that most published work is done by white supremacists.
I think about this constantly.
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I appreciate this so much
As a native born Norwegian I'm deeply offended said vendor associates my culture and heritage with actual nazis, and how the fuck do you spot a neo nazi at a medieval fair?
90% of the fair goers are most likely white and unless they show up in full Waffen uniform i don't see how.
It's our responsibility to make our allyship to targeted groups and hostility to racist appropriators known as we fight to reclaim these symbols.
This is the way to do it, folks
Oh look! Someone who fucking gets it!

It’s almost as if people legitimately invested in these things know what the hell they’re talking about!
additional shoutout to the viking village folks at the ny ren faire who made a point to bring up neonazis and racists and denounce the way they appropriated viking imagery. its really important to talk about these associations explicitly!
This is an excellent example of responsible white people-ing and you love to see it.
*points enthusiastically* ah yes the topic of my potential phd research
So macht man das: man zerstört Sachen nicht, man schließt sie nicht weg, man schreibt sie nicht um, man übermalt sie nicht, man gibt ihnen nicht neu ausgedachte Namen - man schreibt eine für intelligente Menschen nachvollziehbare Erklärung und überläßt ihnen ihr Handeln selbst.
I spend a lot of time thinking about this situation, and it makes me so mad and sad.
This is cool but also the swastik is literally a Sanskrit word referring to a holy symbol associated with Ganesh. That's nice it's similar to a Norse rune and it's 100% a Hindu symbol / semi-common boy's name.

Anyway this Ren Faire booth is boss.
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I got some metal fans in Norway that are really upset that neo-nazis are stealing our runes.
I love this because most ren faire folks I know don't put up with shit, and also, fuck Nazis for co-opting my heritage.
As a person of considerable Scandinavian heritage (as well as Germanic and Celtic), I have much respect for vendors like this.
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This is really important, I’m a pagan who primarily focuses on heathenism in my worship, and my ‘patron deity’ of sorts is Freyr. The runes are obviously pretty important to me, and while as far as I know Ingwaz hasn’t been coopted it’s still important we keep an eye out.
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Now I want to parse out how to say Nazi Punks Fuck Off in Old Norse . . .
As someone who also sells norse rune jewelry, this is a constant concern. Props to them for putting it out there so clearly.
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We were in Bali and Indonesia. Swastikas were all around. It's sad these peaceful people have had their history stolen from them.
This is great cause I've used runes in a few chapter covers and I had no idea this was a thing.
Thanks for the learning, I don't know how I'll adjust for the future but we'll see.
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Do they have an online store - a few of my friends and myself do Vikings for LARP and I'd LOVE to be able to buy from a vendor I know 100% is not a white supremacist.
Important as a Norse person. I despise how the asshatts have corrupted these runes.
none of the symbols that have a existed for thousand of years before the nazis are a lost cause when it comes to spiritual practice but unfortunately you always gotta be extra careful how you display them
💖 this.
I nearly had an anxiety attack when a crystal vendor in northern GA was selling runes. I didn't see a sign like this. I left in fear
My husband is like 99% Nordic and loves ren fairies and reenactments, but he knows that Nazis have appropriated the symbols of his culture and he will not wear them because of how it could harm others. Symbols matter, especially when used for fear.
So fucking simple. This is really well done.
How does Immersion in digital spaces compare with immersion at fairs/cosplay events? World building indeed! #meadlounge_MRU
"Gee, Tim, why aren't you all that interested in the German heritage of your name?"

TLDR - too many people interested in German heritage are nazis and I don't want to deal with them.
Ok tbh...yes. I need this assurance lolol
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The swastika isn't necessarily a Norse symbol. It's much older, dating back to the Bronze Age. Also, the German Bundeswehr uses insignia resembling odal runes for the ranks of Haupt, Stabs and Oberstabsfeldwebel. Does this mean Nazis flock to them, just because "Muh roons"?
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Well done to this person/shop.
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what's the rune best suited to antifa adoption
as someone who's really into norse mythology/folklore/etc, this is really good. I do have a norse viking symbol tattoo, and while it's not a rune, I'm sure it's occasionally used by neo-nazis/white supremacists --
People like this are one of many reasons why I love working seasonally at Ren Faire.
I don't mind sharing this as ironically, getting into the mead brewing and following a more traditional Norse brewing method brought me along similar notes.

It's as teachers taught us.

Always verify your sources.
Printing this on cards to hand out to anyone who asks why I’m getting my rune tattoos covered up
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Thats nice, but I have a question, "we do not sell to nazis" but... how do you recognize nazis ? Ok, some of them are pretty obvious, but how can you be sure that the person in front of you is a Nordic culture enthusiast? it's not like it's written on their faces...
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I’m a Scandinavian pagan and I wear my runes with pride. I also wear rainbows and am looking to dye my hair auburn, coz right now I’m very much blonde with blue eyes (not that there’s anything wrong with that combo)
Nazis do NOT get to ruin runes. I refuse to let them twist one of the few parts of my ancestral culture I find cool. Runes are our history, our ancient alphabet, and I will not let that be stolen by gd fascists, they destroy too much. Fuck that
I eventually plan on covering this on BSFW too.
There is nothing more metal than telling Nazis and White Supremacists to fuck off.

Except for maybe decking them while doing so.
Runes do not belong to Nazis.
NO FASCISTS IN VALHALLA. But for real, this is important.
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Another reminder that, although meanings reside in people’s minds, for some symbols certain meanings are extremely powerful.
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This really sucks for people, myself in included, who have runes tattoos (& really live them) and didnt or dont fully know the extent of which the Nazi uses the symbols
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I like this sign a lot but just from the Asian POV: "The swastika is a lost cause for at least another century" is still a really shit thing to say.... :/
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I didn't even realize Nazis used elder futhark runes with some of their symbolism. I've actually collected runed stones and have dice cup with runes on it that I use for D&D. It sucks to fund out they've perverted so many symbols!
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I have a nerd tattoo of Chaotic Blue's symbol from the Slayers universe (the Mazoku chart), and by design it has runes around the edges. I got it before I learned that Nazis co-opted them for their shitty purposes and it makes me so mad.
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Fun fact you can actually find the original swastika on Buddhist works of art and on some statues it's just the shame the nazis corrupted such a thing
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