Sorry to disappoint but I do not believe there is a clean cut and one size fits all answer to this question that will satisfy anyone 100%.
For every argument there is a counter argument, for every belief there is a counter belief, and so the wheel turns around and around leading us absolutely nowhere, at least that is the academic rout of books and modern education as we know it.
One does not need to be taught how to breath nor does one need proof to know that the wind blows, simplistic? Of course! The most profound truths usually are.
If someone was to miraculously give you written evidence for or against, you would not believe it...you dare not believe it, because you know how such things can be manipulated and contrived...for any side of an argument.
These are the times when it is only your inner voices and deep consciousness that you can listen to with any level of acceptance and trust, and if you cannot do that, then it's back to books and the contrived words of others for your sanity and salvation.
These inner voices from a deep racial memory are very real, to hear them is one thing and to understand them is quite something else, but they are there!
Meditation may help, but to read the books and the words of others in the end only gives you their opinion from their particular agenda. They may be right, they may be wrong, but how will you know?
The words of the oracle at Delphi were so true....know thyself! That's where the truth lies, if you can unlock it!
I expect I shall be ridiculed over this post, but that's OK, I am comfortable and content with this view and please believe me when I say that I do not use these words lightly...at least grant me that!
Thanks Hodekin. There's nothing worthy of ridicule from where I'm standing; wise words and points well made. The approach you describe is how I try to live now, very much a "doing" rather than a "thinking" approach, and one which has stood me in good stead. I didn't mean a " HOW TO BE HEATHEN IN TEN DAYS!" self help type
book, more of general information on the different deities and how our ancestors practised their faith.
How did the ancient English regard the standing stones and barrows already here? What happens to everybody who has the good fortune(?) not to die in battle? Saxneat?
Eostre? I find information difficult to get to grips with on the internet; the technology confounds me , I shoot off at tangents, and I just don't enjoy it as much as a book!
(The questions are for illustration by the way, I'm not asking you, it'd take forever and there are a lot more!)
So that's the sort of thing I meant; a good reference with an index, and I'm not coming in completely cold. Great points though, and thanks.