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Asatru

Ásatrú (Icelandic, "Æsir faith") is a modern revival of the pre-Christian Nordic religion as described in the Norse epic Eddas.

Ásatrú is an Old Norse word consisting of Ása, referring to the Norse gods, and trú, "troth" or "faith". Thus, Ásatrú means "religion of the Æsir." The term was coined by Edvard Grieg in his 1870 opera Olaf Trygvason, in the context of 19th century romantic nationalism.

Generally synonymous terms for Asatru include Germanic Neopaganism, Germanic Heathenism, Forn Sed, Odinism, Heithni or Heathenry.

  • Asatru Beliefs

    Ancient Norse paganism and modern Asatru are polytheistic. In the Viking Age (9th-11th cents.), there were four main deities, with earlier gods remembered as minor deities and other supernatural beings of varying importance... full article →
  • Asatru Ethics

    In place of a list of commandments, followers of Asatru try to follow these "Nine Noble Virtues": - Courage - Truth - Honor - Fidelity - Discipline - Hospitality - Industriousness - Self-Reliance - Perseverance full article →
  • Asatru Fast Facts

    Asatru statistics, history, beliefs and practices at a glance. full article →
  • Asatru History

    Asatru, the modern attempt to revive the old Norse faith, was founded by the Icelandic farmer Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson (1924–1993)... full article →
  • Asatru Holidays

    Asatru holidays center on the seasons and are similar to other Neopagan holidays. The major celebrations are: - Summer Finding (spring equinox, March 21) - dedicated to Ostara - Winter Finding (fall equinox, September 21) - Midsummer (summer solstice, June 21) - Yule - the most important holiday; starts on the winter solstice (December 21) and lasts for 12 days full article →
  • Asatru Practices

    Communities of Asatru are called Kindreds, Hearths, or Garths. Priests are called Gothi; priestesses Gythia. A central Asatru ritual is blot, which means sacrifice and may be connected with the word "blood... full article →
  • Asatru Texts

    Neither ancient Norse religion nor modern Asatru is predominantly text-based, but Norse myths are beautifully preserved in two Icelandic epics called the Eddas. full article →

Bibliography

Barrett, David B., George Thomas Kurian, and Todd M. Johnson (eds.). “Iceland.” The World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World. (Oxford University Press).

John R. Hinnells (ed.). Dictionary of Religions (Penguin Reference). (London: Penguin Books, 1997).

Polomé, Edgar Charles; E.O.G. Turville-Petre. “Germanic religion and mythology.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Web. Accessed 22 Nov. 2016. <https://www.britannica.com/topic/Germanic-religion-and-mythology>

Rev. Patrick "Jordsvin" Buck. “Asatru, An Ancient Religion Reborn.” Irminsul Ættir. Web. Accessed 22 Nov. 2016. <http://www.irminsul.org/arc/016pb.html>

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UpdatedNovember 22, 2016
MLA Citation“Asatru.” ReligionFacts.com. 22 Nov. 2016. Web. Accessed 5 Dec. 2016. <www.religionfacts.com/asatru>

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