5 days ago Asatru (sometimes called Odinism, Wodenism, Wotanism and religion from Norse mythology and pre-Christian Germanic religious practices. As the modern iteration of pre-Christian pagan worship, Ásatrú is a very young religion. And it’s less a single codified religion than a loose. Since Asatru is a modern remake, and Christianity has so many the worldview, beliefs and practices of the pre-Christian peoples of northwestern Europe.

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Norse paganism North Germanic peoples. Not that this is a religion like many others.

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Of the originally heathen works, we cannot know what changes took place either during oral transmission or as a result of their being recorded by Christians; [38] [39] the sagas of Icelandersin particular, are now regarded by most scholars as more or less historical fiction rather than as detailed historical records. The mythological asatrru derived from Old Norse and other Germanic sources provided inspiration for various artists, prechirstian Richard Wagnerwho used these narratives as the basis for his Der Ring des Nibelungen.

As time has progressed the AFA continues to grow and develop as a solid Church that will stand the test of time and serve our Gods and Folk eternally. Retrieved 31 July Christianization of saints and feasts Christianity and Paganism Constantinian shift Hellenistic religion Iconoclasm Neoplatonism Religio licita Virtuous pagan.

Follow Iceland Mag Join our weekly hand curated newsletter to have all the latest news from Iceland sent to you. We also have depictions of some of these stories on picture stones in Gotland and in other visual record including some early Christian crosses, which attests to how widely known they were.

Part of a series on the. There is some question regarding how closely Odinists have actually managed to recreate these beliefs, and of whether Germanic mythology ever qualified as an organized religion as it is understood today. Languages Svenska Edit links. Old Norse mythological stories survived in oral culture for at least two centuries, to be recorded in the 13th century. Archaeological Studies of Old Norse Religion”.


Norse cosmology revolved around a world tree known as Yggdrasilwith various realms existing alongside that of humans, named Midgard. Studies in the History of Asatry. As a result, artists featured Norse gods and goddesses in their paintings and sculptures, and their names were applied to streets, squares, journals, and companies throughout parts of northern Europe. January Learn how and when to remove this template message. It can be considered a branch within Norse Heathenry.

The name was carried on by Else Christensen and her Odinist Fellowship; Christensen’s newsletter, The Odinistcontained more Liberty Lobby -esque political content than religious content. It’s openness and philosophical character has led some to compare it to Unitarian Universalism.

Altgermanische Religionsgeschichte 2 vols.

What is Asatru?

Ellis, Hilda Roderick In Iceland the first Asatru temple is being built for worshipers to carry out their religious ritualsand it could be architecturally interesting. Indeed, it seems to be one of those religions disproportionately favored by disgruntled ex-Mormons, strongest in UtahArizonaand Idahoand — not surprisingly — weakest in states like Minnesota and North Dakotawhich are full of people who would not need to make up “baptismal names” if they converted, because their actual asqtru names would do the job admirably.

Western Norse in red and Eastern Norse in orange. Archaeological evidence on worship of particular gods is sparse, although placenames may also indicate locations where they were venerated. Tracing Old Norse Cosmology: The Prose Edda also says that Asgard, the Norse analogue of heaven, was just another name for Troy, the mythical city best known for being obliterated in the Trojan War.

In Hilda Ellis Davidson ‘s words, present-day knowledge of Old Norse religion contains “vast gaps”, and we must be cautious and avoid “bas[ing] wild assumptions on isolated details”. The Odinic Rite, which describes itself as “Odinist,” has no historic association with either Mills or Christensen and is more religious than political, but was founded before the term prechristiam became popular.

When more than four can actually agree on something, you get a group known as a “Black Metal” band kindred, which will then scream about Odin as if they have swallowed boiling grease.


Throughout its history, varying levels of trans-cultural diffusion occurred among neighbouring peoples, such as the Sami and Finns. Signals of Belief in Early England: Exclusive interview with the high priest of the Icelandic Pagan Association. Christianization and the Rise of Christian Monarchy: Not to be confused is the “radical traditionalism” of the New Rightwhich prechrjstian national mysticist or occultist notions of a pan-Indo-European tradition rather than the focus on regional customs advocated by folketro.

These are generally split into two streams characterised by a different approach to folk and folklore: Textual accounts suggest a spectrum of rituals, from large public events to more frequent private and family rites, which would have been interwoven with daily life. External links Twitter Facebook Qsatru. Several of the sagas refer to cult houses or temples, generally called in Old Norse by the term hof. London and New York: The temple would be the first heathen central temple built in the Nordic countries for more than a thousand years.

Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions. A Theory between Ideological Camps”. Icelanders celebrate the unique public holiday “First Day of Summer”.

At the other end of this scale are syncretist or eclectic approaches which merge innovation or “personal gnosis” into historical or folkloric tradition. Oxford and New York: There, the group will gather for weekly study and for the five main feasts of the year when, under the leadership of a robe-clad Hilmarsson, they will gather around a central fire, recite the poems, make sacrificial drink offerings to the gods — unlike some pagan groups they do not practise animal sacrifice — and feast on sacred horsemeat.

Aasatru is an expression of the native, pre-Christian spirituality of Europe. Numerous Old Norse works dated to the 13th century record Norse mythologya component of North Germanic religion.