Asatru (Icelandic: Ásatrú) is a religion which involves the worship of ancient Germanic and Scandinavian Viking spirits and gods. It received official legal establishment in 1970s in Iceland through the efforts of Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson and other Icelanders, who rejected Christianity and performed "Launblót" (secret offering) to pre-"Kristnitaka" (Christianization of Iceland) Nordic gods and goddesses. The current recognized national organization of Asatru in Iceland is Ásatrúarfélagið. The name is derived from two Old Norse words. It means "faith in the Æsir," the Germanic and Viking gods.
In the United States, Asatruar parents often choose not to have their children circumcised, though some subgroups, including the Asatru Teutsch, that do not strongly support or oppose the practice.
Gods and Goddesses[change | change source]
Festivals[change | change source]
Major holidays revolve around the changing seasons with Yule being the most important. It is celebrated in late December and continues for twelve days. Holidays also vary greatly between different groups.
|Disting||First new moon in February|
|Ostara||21st of March|
|Walpurgis Night||30th of April to 1st of May|
|Midsummer||21st of June|
|Freyfest||21st of August|
|Fallfeast||21st of September|
|Harvestfeast||31st of October|
|Yule||19th of December to 1st of January|
References[change | change source]
4. AsatruTeutsch modern belief book https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:46eecc48-d413-476c-a506-0ff22a6acc31
Other websites[change | change source]