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Who is Odin / Wotan? — A New Video from Sakro Sawel


A depiction of Odin as “the wanderer” by Georg von Rosen. Odin / Wotan was the inspiration behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings character Gandalf. Public domain image found here.

Odin (known as Wotan in German) is a mysterious ancient wisdom bringer, known as “the wanderer” and a god within the Norse and Germanic cultures.

His story reveals some interesting clues for understanding our ancient past as there are many correlations between the European figure known as Odin and the various wisdom bringers of the ancient Religion of the Sun referenced throughout the ancient world — the great sages whose task it was re-establish civilization on earth after a major cataclysm vastly affected life on the planet around 9,500 BC.

The astonishing similarities in character between some of these various figures indicate the possibility that they may have actually been the same person, or at the least a part of the same network. In a new video from Sakro Sawel, Lara Atwood, she explores the correlations between the stories and descriptions of Odin / Wotan and the other known wisdom bringer figures around the world, such as Votan, Viracocha, Kukulkan, Cuchulainn, etc., and the incredible legacies these figures left behind.

The video can be viewed below:

About the author

Jenny Belikov

Jenny Belikov is a researcher and practitioner of the ancient religion of the sun and the Managing Editor for The Spiritual Sun, where she also researches and writes about ancient sacred sites; spiritual texts and practices; the latest discoveries in archeology, archeoastronomy, and related sciences; as well as the exploration of various facets of the lost civilization of the sun.


  • Wow, what an awesome video! Many thanks for putting that together and getting it out there Lara. It’s great to see something concrete, joining the dots between the different religions.

    I’ve always felt, for a long time, long before I found the inner work, that all the religions in the world were talking about the same thing; as if they were looking at the same object from different angles, and describing what they saw and understood. But I just had a general sense of that being the case, and nothing to really go on where I could present anything to anyone to back this up. I just had a knowing; in the same way I’ve known there are other races in the universe. Never seen or met an extra-terrestrial but I knew they were out there.

    But this is fantastic! It’s great to see the parallels clearly explained in this way. And to have some insights into what’s really at the heart of all the myth and legend of it all.

  • Very interesting video. So, hopefully, we have now information who really was Odin and a window far away back in human history. So, at last, a very old part of human history released, with such impressive way.

    Under the directions of Odin, on earth, there was one spiritual religion, the religion of the Spiritual Sun to unite people to a common truly spiritual purpose.

  • After looking at images of Odin I researched into a curious symbol that I saw often accompany images of him – the valknut. It’s three intertwined triangles, and is said to be found on ancient Germanic object and often associated with Odin. I hadn’t seen it before but felt like it may have a spiritual significance.

    • Hi Ella,

      I also saw that symbol today as I was looking for ancient Norse inspiration for embroidery designs, and thought it looked very interesting. Their art seems to have been full of different sun symbols too – the spiral or double spiral, the infinity symbol, the sun cross, the swastika… They have left such a rich heritage of mythology, jewellery, artwork, rune stones, it’s quite amazing and something I didn’t know about before.

    • Ah yes, I noticed this symbol as well for the first time just a few months ago — it’s quite interesting. Many Viking symbols are quite beautiful.

      There’s another interesting trinity of pyramids symbol I’ve come across in traditional Balkan sun symbols, called “the sign of god – heaven”. You can see an example of it here.

  • Very interesting thank you all for the superb information. Amazing how many historical and spiritual aspects are all united and great to see it finally coming to light.

  • It’s incredible to see these parallels appearing in the stories of different figures across different civilizations, and to have those backed up with archaeological evidence, common symbols, common spiritual messages, and so on. I feel like I’m getting a glimpse back in time. It also gives a clear perspective on the origins of what are today seen as myths and which have become fragmented and altered with the passage of many thousands of years.

    I really appreciate this video and the work being done to pull together the story of that nearly-forgotten time and the work that was done to initiate culture, civilization, and religion on a truly global scale. It must have been a massive mission. As a few other people have mentioned, the extent to which that civilization persisted (even in a fragmentary form) for over 11,000 years is a testament to the huge contribution those wisdom bringers made.

  • Really good video I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    The information is just so amazing to think about, yet it’s something so unknown today. Hope more and more of this information can be revealed and can reach people, so that we can all start wondering about our history with a new set of eyes, what this signifies spiritually and what it can mean for us today.

    It’s quite amazing to think that something like the Moai statues can carry a message to us today, one that is relevant and important to us from an internal, personal and spiritual sense.

  • As Laura said, this explanation of the world history “strikes a chord of truth” within me as well. It just all makes sense!

    Regarding the global catastrophy at the end of the last ice age, it reminded me what I have read about Bosnian Pyramids. On one of the Bosnian conferences where scientists from different fields come together to study and then share their findings about the Bosnian Pyramids, an American astrophysicist and an expert on ice age Paul La Violette proposed a theory that the underground tunnels and labyrinth found under the Bosnian Pyramids complex may have served as a refuge against a disaster (or series of them) that stroke Earth at the end of the last ice age. In his work, he provides astronomical and geological evidence of this cataclysm, and links it with ancient records.

    (The report about his findings at the Bosnian Pyramids can be seen here:

    • Interesting, Lucia. I’m curious to look into this a bit. I’ll check out the link you provided. Thanks for sharing that!

  • Amazing and revolutionary information as it really goes against what we’ve all been taught about human history. Yet it somehow makes so much sense and seems to strike an inner chord that recognizes truth. This information has been all but lost or there are only fragments of it left here and there around the world, so it is wonderful how you’ve put it together in such a clear, concise and understandable way. I really enjoyed the video too as it is beautifully done and narrated. Thanks so much and looking forward to more on the ancient religion of the sun!

    • That’s a great way to describe it Laura,” makes so much sense and seems to strikes an inner cords that recognizes truth”.

  • What a wonderful video, thank you so much for making it.

    I heard about Odin growing up, but he seemed a bit scary to me. I guess because of the way he is sometimes represented in Norse mythology. And in modern media. But this video made me feel that he was both kind and caring. That he had a lot of courage, and love for people since he traveled so far to spread what he knew.

    I also love that he inspired the character of Gandalf 🙂

    I wish I knew how to write and read runes. They seem very magical to me.

    • I can relate Anne Linn – so nice to hear that he was a wise, gentle, spiritual figure, not the barbarous viking type.

  • A fascinating view on the ancient wisdom bringer Odin. I was keen to learn more about him and keen to find out much more information about the history of various wisdom bringers throughout the world, which shared similar stories.
    It would be great to have this level of information shared far and wide as what we are exposed to (led to believe) is somewhat limited and narrow minded.
    An excellent and well presented video, thanks to the team for their efforts with this.

  • Another great video from Sakro Sawel. It’s so intriguing to see the connections drawn between these mythological figures around the world, who all appeared after the end of the last ice age in different regions with the same purpose of restarting civilization and teaching the spirituality of the sun. It’s like seeing the important first, but forgotten, chapter of our shared human history in the current (post ice-age) era being unburied.

    In addition to the spiritual knowledge they bestowed us with, which has filtered down right to the present day in some form in some cases, we likely owe the existence of our civilization to these people.

    In addition to their physical descriptions and messages being similar, the similarity between the names “Wotan” in Europe and “Votan” in Mesoamerica in particularly evident. As is pointed out in the video, there are too many similarities to just be coincidental. So they had to be either the same person or from the same group of people performing similar missions as a joint effort.

    • I like what you said about this video helping us to see the important first, but forgotten, chapter of our shared human history Mathew. The information in this video ties together so many threads of what’s become myth, from across the corners of the earth and aeons of time, it actually helps answer a really deep and fundamental question that we all had on our lips as children, but too often forget as we grow older: “who are we and where do we come from?”
      If more people understood the reality of the divine origins of our race, maybe things would be different. And for those who don’t already feel the spark of spirituality within which helps to recognise this innate divinity behind the human story as truth, the amount of factual information for the case of the incredible divine man Odin/Wotan/Osiris, etc. existing should be compelling enough to reason.

      Incredible information, and incredible that it’s being shared, thank you Lara.

  • I’m very grateful to be able to access this incredible info all in one well-presented video. I can’t wait to learn more about the wisdom bringers and the religion of the sun. Finally the fragments are starting to come together.

  • What a great video, it’s truly amazing to see how deep this connection goes.
    After all the misunderstanding that follows the Norse people as being theives/savages, I’m happy to see the truth about their origins being uncovered.

  • Wow – what an awesome video. The similarities between all of those wisdom bringers (or bringer?) are just incredible.

  • I’ve been waiting for this… and it delivered! Fantastic video.

    It must have been such an amazing time to be alive back when Wotan/Odin, etc. was roaming the earth and spreading his teachings on life and religion. And to think so much of what he taught was retained throughout millennia just goes to show what a powerful teaching it was.

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