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Thorfinn Stormarksgothi,

 

Have you ever performed a Sumbel ceremony?

 

I have participated in one (a limited, three-round version), but I've never led one.

 

It's not really necessary to have a symbel led by a gothi - it's a very participatory ritual.

 

Unfortunately, I don't drink alcohol, so that kind of takes a lot of the fun out of it.

 

In addition, it's a spontaneous kind of thing, rather than one to be prepared for, and...I don't do well being put on the spot :unsure:

 

I'm much better off in a public speaking role if I get a chance to prepare ahead of time.

 

Our hearth has never really found a symbel necessary - we're kind of too small to bother with one - symbels work better with larger kindreds, IMO.

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Thorfinn Stormarksgothi,

 

What is the largest crowd that you have ever addressed?

 

Well, probably around 50 or so...but that was related to my job, not my position as gothi.

 

As gothi, I've addressed a huge crowd of...3 - not including myself :P

 

(I did say it's a small hearth, right? and the children aren't yet to the point of participating actively)

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Thorfinn Stormarksgothi,

 

How many children are there in your hearth?

 

3. Ages 8, 4 and 1.

 

The two older children are having the tales of the gods read to them regularly - the oldest remembers a lot of the details - but they aren't ready to participate in blots or other rituals yet. (aside from the ausa vatni ceremony the youngest was a part of, of course)

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Thorfinn Stormarksgothi,

 

What is, if any, the minimum age participate in blots or other rituals in your hearth?

 

There isn't a specific minimum age. I suspect that ritual participation by the children will happen when they are interested and ready.

 

 

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Thorfinn Stormarksgothi,

 

Can a Sumbel be focused on one god or goddess?

 

 

I suppose it could be, though that's not traditionally how symbels work.

 

Generally, there are rounds, where each person takes a drink and says something.

 

A common 3-round symbel would have the following rounds:

Round 1: dedicated to the gods and goddesses

Round 2: dedicated to heroes and ancestors

Round 3: a time to make oaths, tell stories, recite poetry, etc.

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Ah, I see. :)

 

Have there been Sumbels that had more rounds?

 

 

I've never been to one with more than 3 rounds (though to be fair, I've only been at one).

 

Problem with having more rounds is that the participants are likely to become increasingly intoxicated each round - as most sumbels are done with alcoholic beverages...

 

Leaving those few who do not drink alcohol either annoyed or amused, I expect! :evil1:

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