All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
One of the greatest things about this era is that, in many ways, we are already a global people. The invention of the printing press and world travelers allowed books and papers to be published even before the internet. Books and papers that would allow an individual in one culture to learn about and feel the call of the gods of another all-together different culture. The internet only made this exchange of information easier, and despite a lot of the things going on in the world and some of the Trolls lurking on the "information superhighway" this is a great time to be alive.
But I'm not writing this today because I want to express overt positivity, (it still sounds very weird and out of character coming from me…) instead I wanted to write about the act of learning another language as a devotional act for your gods or spirituality of choice.
I am studying Japanese. And I would personally recommend a similar discipline of any individual honoring gods primarily of another culture.
Language expresses ways of thinking that can often be different between groups of people and are often difficult to translate directly. So though gods and spirits are not limited by human language, it would behoove us to try and see the world, at least partially, in the way the original practicers of the faith might see it.
From a purely academic perspective, it will also allow a seeker to make their own judgment without the inevitable bias from translators, no matter how well-meaning.
But learning a language is hard. Especially when doing so on your own, which is why I also feel the effort makes a great offering to the spirits and gods. A way to show your love, serious devotion, and respect.
What do you think? Would you recommend Heathens/Asatru learn Norse? Or Hellenistic Pagans learn Greek? Though certainly not a requirement I would personally recommend it!