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  • Writer's pictureErik Lugnet

On involving the Children

Tradition is Not the Worship of Ashes, but the Preservation of Fire


Teaching our children tradition helps give them a strong sense of identity. Tradition

serves as a reminder of where your family came from. It helps strengthen family bonds.

It helps build character. In a fast-paced and ever-changing world, it’s a comforting

sense of consistency. Family rituals also teach strong values. These are lifelong lessons

that our children will impart to their children, keeping the Folk-flame alive generation

after generation.


The Asatru Folk Assembly strives to keep alive the tradition of our ethnic European

faith. In bringing your children to events, you are sharing with your children another

aspect of your rich heritage. The rituals and blots your family experience at an event

can be then taken back home and worked into your own family’s traditions.



Sumbels are one of the most emotionally touching rituals that our Folk experience

during an AFA event. Bringing this into our own homes and teaching it to our children

helps impart the importance of our gods and goddesses into our daily life plus shows

our deep connection to our ancestors and our Folk.


For home Sumbels with the children, often apple juice or sparkling grape juice is used

instead of mead in the horn. Simply pour the juice into the horn, concentrating on

positive energy and what you’d like your children to take away from this ritual. An AFA

Sumbel is done in three rounds. The first is the god round. Have the child hold the horn

and hail whatever god or goddess they would like to. With little children, even having

them simply say, “Hail” is a good start. The second round is the ancestor round. Have

the child hold the horn and hail someone who has passed away. It is perfectly okay to

give them suggestions. Remember this is a learning and bonding time for your family,

so be relaxed and enjoy creating good memories from this. The third round is the

boasting and toasting round. Have the child hold the horn and hail, someone they love,

tell of something good they saw, or something they are thankful for. When this last

round is finished, you can have the last child finish drinking from the horn or take the

horn outside to pour out by a tree. Remember this is the family tradition you are

building, so it’s perfectly acceptable to customize any part of this to what works for

you.


Remember, we are our future ancestors! Build your traditions to last for generations to

come.


Hail the Gods!

Hail the Children!

Hail the Folk!

Hail the AFA!













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