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Michaella Macha Research Paper

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Michaela Macha
Michaela Macha is a popular Asatru (or Heathen) poet and an active member of the community. However, she is much lesser known by the masses, as most who are not a part of the Pagan or Heathen communities will not have heard of her. My goal in this paper is to provide information and teach about Macha’s life and works.
A German poet, Macha was always interested in English poetry and became drawn to Norse mythology at some point in her life, feeling a calling to the Asatru beliefs (Macha para 1). Unsurprisingly, and as proven by the name of her Heathen poetry website, Odin’s Gift, she felt especially drawn to Odin, a known patron of poets. Her religion is very important to her and a large part of her life (Macha 1).
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The Aesir are one of two tribes of norse deities. They include (but are not limited to) Odin, Frigg, Thor, Sif, Loki, Sigyn, Mimir, Skadi, Tyr, Baldr, Heimdall, Idun, and Bragi. Her work also includes a few Vanir deities, such as Freyr, Freyja, and Njord. Also written about is Kvasir, who is of both the Vanir and Aesir tribes as he was created by both at the end of the Aesir-Vanir war; the Norns, Sol, and Mani, who are affiliated with neither tribe; and Ullr, whose allegiance is still unknown (Macha 1). Macha’s writing style varies. Poemhunter.com states that “The revival of alliterative poetry in Old Norse verse meters is one of [Macha’s] pet projects.” “Way Home” is not alliterative, but is an example of a poem written in Old Norse verse meters (Macha 1). “Way Home’s” tone is thankful, gratuitous, and praising, mimicking Macha’s feelings for her gods. It shows that Macha’s religion is her faith, her “beacon in darkness,” as stated in the poem, and found her when she needed it most (Macha 1). In conclusion, Michaela Macha is a German Asatru poet who has written many poems and songs about the religion that means so much to her. She has contributed much to the Heathen community and helped grow the poetry side
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