Asatru (Icelandic: Ásatrú) is a religion which involves the worship of ancient Germanic spirits and Gods. It got its official legal establishment in the 1970s in Iceland by the efforts of Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson and other Icelanders who had rejected Christianity and had been performing "Launblót" (secret offering) to the old pre-Christian Nordic Gods and Goddesses, a practice that has been known in Iceland since "Kristnitaka" (Christianization of Iceland). The name comes from two words in a language called Old Norse. It means "faith in the Æsir." The Æsir are the Germanic gods.
Gods and Goddesses[change | change source]
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Major holidays revolve around the changing seasons with Yule being the most important. It is celebrated in late December and continues for twelve days.
|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|