Introduction to Urglaawe


The settlers who came from Germanic lands to Pennsylvania beginning in 1683 arrived not as colonists but as refugees. With them came traditions from Switzerland to Silesia, and their languages and traditions came together to form a new identity: the Pennsylvania Germans. Strongly associated with this new identity are the healing and magical practices of Braucherei and Hexerei, and within these practices are vibrant oral traditions related to the old deities, although often masked as "helpful entities" by Christian practitioners. The oral traditions, along with herbalism and other cultural aspects, formed the basis for the establishment of the Heathen denomination of Urglaawe. Come learn a bit about the evolution of the Germanic folklore in the Americas and to see the commonalities and the differences between Pennsilfaanisch-Deitsch expression and the Germanic traditions as practiced by Heathens in Europe today. Please share a bit about your own experiences, too! By Robert L. Schreiwer.