[S1E5] Keepin' The Faith
Propaganda: Yeah, it wasn't ... So, I didn't know none of that existed. So, at our church, if you liked rap, you liked rap. There was no Christian clubs, I didn't know anything about that. We were just inner city kids, graffiti artists, we were skateboarders, and we did it at our church. After service, they didn't lock the doors, we could go on stage and record ourselves and make raps. So, I didn't not think to not put my faith in my music. I didn't know that was not a thing.
[S1E5] Keepin' the Faith
Propaganda: Then, when we went to hip-hop shops out here in Leimert Park and down in Pomona, these different ... These guys were Rastafarians, they were Muslims and no one hid their faith. Everyone just rapped what they knew, so you more trafficked in skills, you trafficked in your ability to rap and that was ... To me, we're all just rapping what we think. So, I didn't know to not. I didn't know that was a thing, that I was supposed to separate it.
Propaganda: They're all after my faith, and they're ruin ... Like you walk into this war and it was just like, I don't know dude, I think this guy's just trying to do his job and when I had to take biology, "They're going to tach evolution, you're going to walk away from Jesus." I had this anxiety for the moment and then I think I just need to ... The teacher has stuff she needs to teach me and I just need to repeat it back to her on a test. I don't know what war-
Propaganda: I think I'm going to have to change my number on homies. Making friends, meeting people outside of your norms, I had a number of ... I grew up very multicultural, so I had a number of friends outside of my faith, but we dint have to live together. In college, you got to live together and then it just really takes a lot of the mysterium away from ... I was very well taught in my spiritual formation at my church. I was pretty well taught.
Propaganda: I think I wanted to deparse ... I wanted to decompartmentalize politics, faith, religion, race. I wanted to decompartmentalize and say it's all happening ... You're one person and all of these our happening to one person. You're not a compartment, you're one person. So, I wanted to take all these compartments, remove them and just say, no, this is happening to us, now, all of it. It's hitting all of us from multifaceted, so I try to, in that album, go from political to personal to pointing out to reflecting back like I'm trying to keep you off balance. Go back and forth between all those things.
Sara Barton: Well, I notice in the album and just on your podcast you're somewhat public about marriage, about sex, about lust, it comes up, these themes are there. And you pushed back on objectification of women in multiple ways. So, what does that have to do with gospel, with faith, for you?
Propaganda: "How about that? How about you just ask me what I like?" I'm like, "No, I know what you like." "Well, clearly you don't." I feel like the fact that ... Which is back to the conversation ... It's a slight on my manhood that I don't already know what you like. I'm supposed to be this romantic, sweep you off your feet, I can just read your mind. So, that hits me in the way that I take my faith that way. I'm supposed to already know what God like. I know what you like, you want this.
Brought up to believe in the Pagan ways, Freydis is against the encroaching establishment of Christianity and will do everything she can to keep the old ways alive. It's an effort observed by the stoic and astute Jarl Haakon (Caroline Henderson), who sends Freydis on a pilgrimage to learn more about the Viking's past and save their future. The journey leads Freydis to find her place in the growing conflicts when she's sent to Uppsala, the sacred area where followers of the Pagan faith would visit as a place of worship. There, Freydis has a vision that sees chaos, death, and pleas for her help in what looks to be a ruined area. So in the world of interchangeable kings and a crisis of faith for so many, just what does it all mean?
The Seer rebukes her response, saying that she knows perfectly well why she ran and that she's lying to him and herself. "Do you think we are born with all knowledge?" he asks. "We make the tools we need. There is no going back, only forward," he proclaims, warning Freydis that the cries she heard will go only go stronger before he disappears from view. It's this encounter that could set Freydis on a brand new path in faith and one that diverts significantly from the one her brother is seemingly headed down.
With her constant reference of being "The Last," Freydis could be the one to reignite the Pagan faith elsewhere in line with The Seer's words. To "make the tools" she needs to reinforce the old ways back into the Viking people that is currently being opposed by varying levels of Christian hostility. If so, how might that affect her relationship with her brother Leif, who in the same episode has a moment with a new God following his escape from death in the recent battle in England? Historically, the two sailed together on a voyage that led to the discovery of North America (aka Vinland) around this time, so how will that impact her effort to keep the faith for herself and her people? We can only wait and see when "Vikings: Valhalla" returns for an eagerly anticipated second voyage.
Later that day, the group crossed through the city. Henry led them to the tunnels and they traversed it. They came to an abandoned settlement. At Henry's insistence, they rested in an abandoned nursery room. Watching Sam and Ellie play, Henry revealed his happiness at seeing Sam so happy. Recognizing how much Henry cared for Sam, Joel apologized for his hostility earlier, saying Henry's collaboration was done in good faith for Sam. However, Henry disagreed, revealing his hand in Michael's death and sparking the new dictatorship Kathleen had established. He then recognized that, though Joel was not Ellie's father, he was a father once and understood what it meant to care for a child like himself. Joel then insisted they move on, Henry and the others leaving the room.
Later, Tyrion advises Daenerys to allow Jon to mine the dragonglass on Dragonstone as a show of good faith. She meets with Jon alone and grants his request, but when he asks if she believes what he has said about the White Walkers, she simply tells him to get to work. 041b061a72