What Is Paganism In Beowulf

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Beowulf was originally written as a pagan oral tradition before the Christian monks infused their religion into it. The epic hero showed his faith to God as he battled the monsters and depicted the world of Christianity. However, the ideas in the poem are presented in both Christian God and pagan power which exemplifies Wyrd. Christianity and paganism are at opposite ends of the religious spectrum and each represent different beliefs and customs. Christians believe and follow the teachings of Christ and depend on the Bible for Spiritual guidance, but paganism is based on the belief and worshiping of other gods through sacrifices. Interspersed in each line is both elements, from the prologue to its end, each element tells its own story. The poem reflects Anglo-Saxon concepts which present pagan traditions. The texts show a…show more content…
All gifts of such strong power are believed only to be obtained from the Lord Almighty. “Afterward a boy-child was born to Shield, /a cub in the yard, a comfort sent/ by God to that nation” (Beowulf 12-14). God became the reason for the birth of Beowulf, to imply control of the superior power of Christian divinity. In this case, God is the known giver of life, to whoever follows his ways and the all earthly gifts flow from God only. Beowulf is presented as a hero who uses his powers for righteousness to please God. In the text, Beowulf was presented as a gift sent to Shield who will later become a hero to save people from monsters. He makes his minstrel sing in Heorot of the Creation of the earth and the lights of Heaven (Tolkien). Heorot hall, which is synonymous with the Garden of Eden, where men lived in perfect peace and harmony with the God of Heaven, the giver of life and all good things, is where the plot begins. The old king recognizes the visitations by Grendel as allowed by God because of prowess in his power and wealth
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