Asatru (or Ásatrú) is a religion which believes in the ancient Germanic spirits and Gods. It was officially recreated in the 1970s in Iceland, but its roots go back many thousands of years. The name comes from two words in a language called Old Norse. It means "faith in the Æsir." The Æsir are the Germanic gods.
A person who practices Asatru is called an Asatruar, and is sometimes referred to as a heathen. If someone wants to talk about two or more followers of Asatru, they would say that they are Asatrufolk. Sometimes Asatru is also called Odinism, Wodinism, Wodanism, Wotanism or Germanic (neo)paganism.
Gods and Goddesses[change | change source]
Asatru is a polytheistic religion in which various goddesses and gods are worshipped. The most prominent are Thor, Odin, Freya, Frigg, Freyr, Tyr, and Heimdall.
A fun television program from New Zealand, based on Asatru, is The Almighty Johnsons. http://thealmightyjohnsons.co.nz
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.
|Disting||First new moon in February|
|Ostera||21st of March|
|Waluburgis Night||31st 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|
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