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Asatru Gods

The four main deities in Germanic religion and Asatru are:

  • Odin (Germanic Woden) - god of magic, poetry, riches and the dead; ruler of Valhalla (gave his name to Wednesday)
  • Thor - sky god who wields a hammer, controls the weather, and protects the law and the community (gave his name to Thursday)
  • Freyr - fertility god represented with a phallic statue and seen as the founder of the Swedish royal dynasty
  • Freyja - fertility goddess of love and beauty, sister of Freyr, known by many names (including Frigg, Odin's wife and patron of families, who gave her name to Friday)

Other Asatru deities:

  • Njord - father of Freyr and Freyja, god of ships, sea and lakes
  • Tyr (Germanic Tiu) - god of battle, sacrifice, and justice (gave his name to Tuesday)
  • Ullr - god of death, winter, and hunting
  • Loki - the trickster

Sources

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.

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

Polomé, Edgar Charles; E.O.G. Turville-Petre. “Germanic religion and mythology.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Web. Accessed 22 Nov. 2016.

Rev. Patrick "Jordsvin" Buck. “Asatru, An Ancient Religion Reborn.” Irminsul Ættir. Web. Accessed 22 Nov. 2016.

Further Reading

Heathenry (new religious movement).” Wikipedia. Web. Accessed 22 Nov. 2016.

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