Asatru

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Ásatrú followers in Iceland.

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.[1]

A person who practices Asatru is called an Asatruar, and is sometimes referred to as a Heathen. Asatru is also called Wodanism, Wotanism or Germanic paganism.[2]

Common books that describe the knowledge in depth include the Sagas and the Eddas.

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.[3]

Gods and Goddesses[change | change source]

Asatru is a polytheistic religion in which various goddesses and gods are worshiped. The most prominent are Thor, Odin, Freyja, Frigg, Freyr, Tyr, Loki, and Heimdall.

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.

Festival Date
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

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