I've been reading through a "kid friendly" version of the Eddas, and aside from some atrocious Anglicization of some names, there's one thing that keeps sticking out to me. The author uses the word "sin" to describe behavior of the gods (specifically Loki). I hate to give up on the whole book because of it, but it's a pretty big thing. There's no sin in Heathenry, at least not in the Abrahamic sense of the word. There is no concept of penance or forgiveness. The entire idea is really rather repulsive.
This leaves me trying to decide the best way to explain it if I do read the book with the kid. What's being described are grievous insults and crimes, ultimately the ones leading to Loki being outcast and his children bound. How do I put that into 6 yr old terms?
Answer by nysa00 at 12:26 PM on Aug. 23, 2009
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:10 AM on Aug. 23, 2009