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What is Asatru?


Hello friends, how are you? My name is Arith Härger and today I’m going to tell you what Ásatrú is Today I’m going to be completely neutral, impartial about this subject I won’t say if I agree or disagree with the subject and the way things are religiously conducted I will be in the position of putting my spiritual and philosophical beliefs aside and solely focus on the understanding of this neo-pagan religion, Asatru I will divide this video into two parts First I will tell you what Asatru is, and that’s it as I’ve said, taking an impartial position, only being interested in briefly explain the foundations of this religion and on the second part I will show you a book, talk a bit about it which I think it’s a good resource for those who are taking the first steps into this neo-pagan religion or for those academics who are interested in studying and understand modern religions With this being said, let’s get started Asatru is the name created by the followers of the Nordic neo-pagan religion during the 19th century to designate the modern reconstruction of the religious traditions of Scandinavia before the introduction of Christianity The name roughly translated means to be true to the Aesir one of the tribes of Norse gods which in this time, the 19th century, meant to be true to the Norse gods in general, to be faithful and worship the Norse gods but with the increasing knowledge about pre-Christian Scandinavian pagan traditions and with the creation of other branches of this faith Asatru also became the term to refer to a religion much more focused on the Aesir When you hear people say that Asatru is an ancient religion older than Christianity, since prehistoric times people are not referring to the Asatru the modern religious reconstruction but to the set of religions and spiritualties which springs from the specific spiritual beliefs of Northern Europe Obviously, our Norse ancestors did not refer to their religions as Asatru This religion was revived as Asatru in the 19th century although it received a special boost in the late 1960s and early 1970s when Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson was the instrumental figure in getting Asatru recognized by the Icelandic government in 1973 and from that moment on several organizations started to appear all over Europe and in North America Nowadays Asatru has hundreds of followers all over the world especially organizations in the United States and Europe and in Europe in certain countries it is recognized as an official religion In Asatru there is a great emphasis of the Norse myths although they are not seen as historical truths mainly guiding lines in how we should conduct our lives in order to achieve greatness and enjoy this world, enjoy life taking the best advantage of everything that surrounds us and as such, the gods are often seen as part of nature and often manifest themselves through nature and we humans have an intimate relationship with them although it’s necessary to point out that we are on our own and we only communicate with the gods for help when all human efforts and recourses have been spent and there is no other option because when worshipping the Norse gods, a gift calls for a gift, and so sacrifices must be made often in the form of ceremonies when the community shares with the gods personal objects, food, drink, etc. to maintain the bounds of friendship strong, between us and the gods Asatru adheres to the Scandinavian pagan belief that objects play an important role in the religious connection with the gods the gods can infuse objects with power there is a flow of energy which lies within all things for instance, we create something, we bend our thought to it we give it shape and so we give a part of ourselves to the object it is infused with our essence This can be given to the gods as an offering and in turn the gods are obliged to give something in return in the form of energy an exchange of essence which will help us to live life on our own, of course, but use that energy as a source of strength and enthusiasm We require this force, the Megin, which is something beyond human understanding but infuse us with power The spiritual reality is affected by us and in turn it affects us and this spiritual reality expresses itself in the form of gods and goddesses The Asatru organizations are known as Kindred The priests of a Kindred are known as Gothar the plural form of Gothi or Gythia So the Gothar are the collective priesthood of the Asatru Community and the congregations are known as Folk This is an important aspect of this religion, because like many pagan religions, it’s turned to the community the importance of each individual in the community altogether form a unified force that acts for the benefit of the entire group to ensure protection, fertility, prosperity, well-being, so that the community stays strong and endures The ceremonies performed within the kindred are known as blóts and the altars on which the blót, or sacrifice is performed are/is known as Stalli Now, what I’m about to tell you, I feel the need to reinforce what I said in the beginning I will remain neutral on this video I’m not here to tell you what I do, what are my spiritual ideas therefore, I’m here to tell you what is done in Asatru and what the religion stands for For people to become Gothar, the priests and priestesses of this religion the person must possess 3 things: The wisdom of Odin, the strength of Thor and the love of Freyja These are the three main deities of Asatru, highly worshipped These 3 aspects are often expressed by possessing sacred texts, be part of a Kindred and care for the Folk Guiding the Kindred with Wisdom, being strong for the community and work for the benefit of the community which also requires a certain amount of love, friendship and compassion for the members of the community The Gothar also need certain items to perform the rituals like the hammer of Thor for instance, an oath ring and focus much of the religious work on the Hávamál, on the teachings of the High One – Odin The Hávamál is not seen as a definite holy text The Hávamál is a poem that establishes the guidelines of Asatru there are other sources of knowledge, of course, often used but the Hávamál is a very important poem in the modern religious structure of Asatru and mind that I’m talking about Asatru, the modern reconstruction, and not the pre-Christian Scandinavian religions In Asatru there is also an annual high council known as the Althing that sets the bylaws that the folk must follow The Thing speakers, the main voices of the council, must be chosen by their kindred and their attendance is mandatory Like many modern pagan reconstructions, this is a religion that shapes itself to our modern needs, and as such, many Asatru organizations may do things differently but the cannons of this religion, the basics, are the ones I’ve just mentioned Of course nowadays there are many
branches of the pre-Christian Scandinavian beliefs, that are completely different from this 19th century religious reconstruction There is a wondrous variety of modern spiritualties based on Northern European pagan traditions Asatru is the most famous neo-pagan branch and although there are clear differences from organization to organization, the foundations of this religion still cling to the 19th century religious reconstruction and indeed the gods people worship in this religion are mainly the Aesir such as Odin, Thor, Týr, Baldr and also two Vanir – Freyr and Freyja The other gods are seldom heard of, or are simply not included because the main focus is on the Eddas on these historical sources, which are works that reinforce the importance of the Aesir and a very few of the Vanir gods So in Asatru, either the organizations focused solely on the Aesir or the ones focused on the gods in general ivide the gods into two parts, two groups the same way the Eddas divide the gods; the Aesir, who are the predominant group, sky gods, war gods, law, justice, poetry, wisdom, more focused on social realities and the need to maintain order and the Vanir, some of whom have been adopted into the Aesir but are gods more concerned with fertility, prosperity, plenty and magic So this is what Asatru is a neo-pagan polytheistic reconstruction based on certain religious and historical aspects of pre-Christian Scandinavia a modern rebirth of the pre-Christian indigenous faith of the Norse peoples Nevertheless, it’s important to refer that the believers of this faith attempt to interact with the Norse gods and in addition they recognize that other people have their own gods so by no means do the followers of Asatru believe that their gods are the only true gods It is a religion, or a reconstruction of a religious tradition, without a hierarchical structure, dogmas, or sacred books being the centre of the entire religion and as such, the religious practices may suffer a lot of changes and different interpretations , according to the social environment in which they are inserted Now, for the second part of this video, I would like to show you a book, book which I think it’s a good resource for those who are taking the first steps into Asatru and I assure you, even if in the long run you won’t have any spiritual beliefs connected to Norse pagan traditions even if you come up with the conclusion that this is not the spiritual path that suits you this will definitely help you extend your spiritual horizons and have a better understanding of other spiritual realities which in turn will help you to take that step ahead, go over the fence, and slowly leave behind the non-pagan religious ideas you grew up with This is the book, Essential Ásatrú by Diana Paxson I’ve read this book more than a decade ago, on another lifetime and of course I’ve read this again to be able to speak about it on this video The knowledge I have today is definitely not the same I had back then and thank the gods for that or I was clearly doing something wrong with my life- if I still held the same understanding of the world well… anyway… as I’ve said, this is a very good source for all of those who want to know more about this neo-pagan religion or for academics who study the alternative contemporary religions t’s a good source that shows the nature of Asatru and the book is divided into 3 parts: First, showing an educated historical balance of the first Germanic pagans, all the way to the Viking Age and then their Christianisation secondly, a general idea of the major deities and cosmology of the Norse religion during medieval times and finally, Diana Paxton, she speaks about the rituals and practices in paganism nowadays The general idea of this book is to cover as much as possible the information about the pagan religious practices, using the main surviving documentary sources literary sources which are the poetic Edda, a set of Poetic works composed at the end of the Viking Age but put to parchment during the feudal-Christian period of Scandinavia the Prose Edda, written by Snorri Sturluson in the 13th century and the Icelandic Sagas, which is a prose work between the 13th and the 14th centuries but she also makes references to academic works of people specialized in the study of the original pagan traditions which is good! to reinforce certain aspects and also to demystify certain common errors about the Old Norse pagan practices In this book the majority of the historical references are correct except a few points here and there but… not a big deal if your objective is to learn about Asatru as a modern religion although I must point this out, in magical aspects, she affirms that a general term for magic in old Norse is Gand but actually the most common term in the sources is actually Fjölkunning which is very similar to the word Kulning an ancient Norwegian and Swedish herd call to call livestock a type of song with a high-pitched vocal technique which reinforces the idea of using the voice in ancient Scandinavian magic not the pronunciation or speaking incantations, but the sound of words, the sound as a magical vibration whilst Gand, or Gandr, is a reference to “Wand” or “spirit”, which is quite different Paxton differentiates Wicca from Asatru, which is an interesting point she considers that the Germanic pagan tradition is much more focused in traditions and religious practices of the community, in which magic has a secondary role On this point I must disagree and actually, the great majority of academics and researchers, such as myself, share a similar idea as mine Ásatrú is clearly different from Wicca, but that’s not the point the point is- what she affirms, in truth it’s precisely the opposite of what she said he religious practices during the Viking Age were characterized by a great introduction, insertion of magic both in daily life and public life to the point that it is almost impossible to separate the two realities religion in ancient Scandinavia had a lot of magic She also speaks about a very delicate and controversial subject which affects every neo-pagan The relation between ethnicity, culture and nationality, The question is: Someone who isn’t from Scandinavia or even European, can practice Asatru? She also speaks about the modern struggle of neo-pagans coming from Christian families having been raised with Christian values and how hard it is to break the connections with those religious traditions and then moving to pagan ones the problem with social acceptance, etc, interesting points she refers which I will not discuss it in here you will be the judge of that if you read the book with an open mind So without a doubt it’s an ingesting book for those who are taking the first steps into Asatru, and want to know more about this neo-pagan religion based on pre-Christian Scandinavian traditions All right friends, I hope you have enjoyed this video, and, well… thank you so much for watching and see you on the next one tack för idag!
(Thank you for today!)

Otis Rodgers

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Arith Härger Posted on April 25, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Additional information / Clarification: When I say Gothi or Gythia (plural Gothar), it is the anglicized form used in modern Ásatrú to refer to a Goði, Gyðja and in plural Goðar. The terms "priests" and "priestesses" are used to refer to the Gothar so you can have a familiar term in order to understand the religious functions of these individuals, the role they played and play within the pre-Christian Scandinavian traditions, and the modern pagan reconstruction of Northern European Pagan traditions. Although being a Goði isn't quite the same thing as being a Christian priest. Unfortunately it seems in English there isn't another title to differentiate a priest from a pagan "priest", all religious terms associated with such functions refer to the same religious ideology (Cleric; Monk; Friar; Father; Padre; Clergyperson; Pastor; etc.).

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  2. Frankie A Posted on November 27, 2018 at 1:24 am

    I am a Zoroastrian which is also an Indo-European religion. I’m just curious, are non-germanics welcome to practice Asatru? Great job on this video brother, you did a beautiful job!

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  3. Sebastian Natvik Posted on November 28, 2018 at 11:01 am

    What are your sources for this information, if you have any, could you link them?

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  4. Valdr Blödorn Posted on December 1, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Instant subscription my brother. I will be binge watching all of your videos! Your presentation is completely comprehensive and very informative.

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  5. WinterSky99 Posted on December 4, 2018 at 6:07 am

    I’ve recently became agnostic and one of my co-workers is a 3rd generation pagan I believe. When I found this out I became curious about what it was about and decided to do some research. What books and sources should I read? Where can I find more information?

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  6. Fabien Le Henaff Posted on December 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    "Hausafru" … lol

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  7. Sinfonia Cósmica Posted on December 31, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Hope this isnt the case, the ethnicity question, cause I am dedicating myself to nurse pagan practices and I feel like I found myself in it and the gods embraced me quite well! Loving your videos! Subscribing now! Wisdom, love and strength to you and yours!

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  8. Kenny Spaulding Posted on January 2, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Arith Härger ,I would just like to thank you yet again,for the time,effort,and truth that goes into making these videos for people like me all around the world. This is a lonely endeavor for petty much everyone,especially right here in the southern United States. These videos you make have helped me more than anyone reading will understand,unless they are just as appreciative for you,as I am. So please keep up the good work,be safe in your travels,and thank you once again my friend.

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  9. Sebastian Oquendo Posted on January 4, 2019 at 1:46 am

    the best video I’ve ever found on Ásatrú . Do you think you will be doing a book recommendations list for starting ?

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  10. Hank Bellows Posted on January 4, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Which books would you recomnend for a beginner in asatru?

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  11. Blue Posted on January 6, 2019 at 3:14 am

    I live in Germany and I have a lot of respect for Asatru and its followers. Here in Germany we have a lot of pagan music too and I love pagan music. I'm somewhere between Hellenism and Hinduism, I still haven't decided my path but I feel very connected to Hellenism. I wish it would have a big comeback like Asatru but who knows, maybe the day will come for Hellenism too. At least there is a bigger group in Greece and they've even build a temple.

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  12. Heathen Viking Ronk Posted on January 9, 2019 at 4:25 am

    Questions I have to this point are: Where did we come from? Are the gods and goddesses real? Where do we go when we die? What do we have to do to get there? Etc.

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  13. I have a profoudly thoughtful opinion, here it is: Posted on January 9, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    This all sounds good in paper but I lost my whiteness.
    Thanks racemixing! :^(

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  14. Frida Posted on January 10, 2019 at 6:14 am

    I am Swedish, and I can't really see the word Asatru meaning "true" to the Aesir (Asar in Swedish), but rather "tro", which means faith or belief.
    Asatro – belief in the Aesir.
    This could be wrong, as Swedish is not mutually intelligible with old Norse, but the language is our granddaddy.

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  15. rahi do lofi blends Posted on January 10, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    wow, i respect the words and wisdom that's been have upkept.. it felt weird hearing all what you said, after just last year i heard the first bits of the bock family saga, told by ior bock.. a saga that was carried from the first people onwards by the asers.. 
    we (what ior bock called vaaner) finnish people have many stories too, in vaan-language.. about ukko väinämöinen (pär, al-fader, representing sun /sol /oden); 
    lemminkäinen (baldur, 12th son of ukko, father of new generation's children, future ukko); 
    seppo ilmarinen (the king/ first son of ukko, representing moon as well as sun)…

    frey and freya were called sampo and aino, we are all their descendants according to the saga… tor was a wide concept and was represented by: heart-symbol; tor's hammer (all men have it), also in women's kli -tor -is; also in tor-pair, which was like one's best friend of the same sex (finnish word torppari means like a farmer nowadays, back then it was also one of the classes)… also tuuri means luck in finnish..
    traces of these stories and words are still in finnish language, that can be explained in root-language, sweden.. that was all from the bock family saga, one can find about it in youtube, told by late ior bock., also good narrations are made by people like jim chesnar among others
    greetings..
    one day if lemminkäisen temppeli (baldur's temple) will be excavated in helsinki area, it will prove the saga true or false.. according to 3d ground scans there are structures inside the mountain that was told in the saga, in same shape.. but state won't give it appreciation because media painted ior's public image as a drugged lunatic (bc he smoked cannabis and carried some ancient traditions like saunasolmu).. now after ior's passing, who knows when and by whom will kyypelivuori (<-if i remember right) be excavated open..

    cheers for a good video though, nice to hear the asatru culture is being continued and that in general is built on older ground..

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  16. No Name Posted on January 16, 2019 at 2:52 am

    All my friends are heathens, take it slow

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  17. Tree Beard Posted on January 18, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Are these (neo)pagan beliefs tied to the blood and ancestors, or anyone all around the world can believe in Asatru or other deities only by choice? What do you think?

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  18. Sol Serpentine Posted on January 25, 2019 at 9:04 am

    What to make of mixed race children having a strong calling toward European Paganism

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  19. Rodrigo Rodrigues Posted on January 29, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Que excelente vídeo! Poderia colocar legendas em Português-BR sempre nos vídeos? Meu inglês não é muito bom…
    Abraços!

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  20. Karla Arteaga Posted on January 31, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    What is your opinion (or anyone willing to answer) of non-Scandinavians believing in the Norse gods or practicing asatru? I am not Scandinavian and I have no Scandinavian ancestors but ever since I was a child I've loved Norse mythology and the history of those countries and I'm very interested in learning more about Asatru and the Norse gods.

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  21. Akshay Nimkar Posted on February 2, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Can one covert to Asatru?

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  22. William Stadel Posted on February 3, 2019 at 1:03 am

    I have one question does any of this include human sacrifice please let me know I am very curious to know this

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  23. Cecelia Passarella Posted on February 5, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you

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  24. J B Posted on February 12, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    As always you have produced another great video. I will plan on buying a copy of the essential asatru shortly. I was however wondering if you had any other recommendations that are more in depth for, maybe rituals to perform or daily activities to honor the gods. I have a multitude of books that I can fill a duffle bag full of and while some are the Icelandic sagas, some have been deemed just a sad knock off and is squishy. I value your view and authentic research and opinions on these topics. If you would be kind enough to point me in a direction of where I can build a proper or decent resource library I would appreciate any help you would be willing to offer.

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  25. Joseph Kelly Posted on February 13, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Can I worship the old Gods?

    I’m an American and I’m half Irish and half German.

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  26. TheWazil Posted on February 15, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Religion is something you do regularly like take a shower. This in no way has any meaning. The is a man made system which leads nowhere’s.
    Keep in mind that the pagan gods of the West are personal creation and finite. The pagan gods of the East are impersonal and infinite. There is only one God who is infinite and personal, this is the Living God who was manifest thru Jesus Christ. All other religious systems are false.

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  27. Blood Eagle 88 Posted on February 15, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Asatru is new age bull shit for larping scandiboo posers who think they're vikings and heathens. The Norse called their religion forn sidr not asatru. Half of these larping posers in the comments are not even Norse or Germanic.

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  28. Luizpaulo1999 Posted on February 17, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Opaa tem legenda em português!! Nicee!

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  29. Gale Crum Posted on February 21, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    You have very informative videos. Good job. I have just started my path into asatru. Your videos are helping out a lot. Thanks Arith Harger

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  30. Christian The Man aka -Loki-LL Posted on February 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I'm Loki Lord of the Giants and freind to the world.

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  31. Triplex VII Posted on February 27, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I am an enthusiast of Norse culture. I was interested in learning about this topic. Lets be honest, its quite obvious that the gods dont exist at all. I imagine that any logical person recognizes that old myths have literally just been been reshaped from fundamentalist ways to fit modern times, which that itself helps prove its falsehood. But I would like to dive into the myths in search of meaning to see what there is, rather than as a source of entertainment.

    Thank you for this fascinating video. I apologize if I sound degrading. I'm a realist. But this was quite interesting, truly.

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  32. soda Posted on March 4, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I have a question. I am scandinavian so I learned about asatru through most of my school years and lately I have gotten a real interest in it as I have a close friend who is pretty much an expert in asatru and even have viking fests and stuff with their family. As I am a firm believer in witchcraft and a lover of nature though – and by coming from a long line of women who practiced witchcraft – I have gravitated towards wicca. I know wiccanism is very frowned upon by heathens though and I don't want to start anything but i'm curious. I can see why wicca would be frowned upon as I don't like the idea of borrowing from other religions either and have therefore had trouble finding my place in wicca up until I realized that I feel gradually more and more drawn towards the norse deities which makes sense considering those were the deities my ancestors worshipped. The wiccan rede and holidays still speak to me though… So my question is, is it considered awful to identify as a wiccan but still honor the norse deities even though I am scandinavian and have a ton of information about those deities, the viking age and are currently studying it again as it was so long ago I read about it in history class? I don't know if i'll get any answers here but I hope I will as i'm curious. I know many wiccans just take any deities to honor with little knowledge about them which of course is disrespectful but i'd never do anything of the sort. So is ALL wiccans frowned upon or generally just those who act disrespectful? I'm still learning and trying to find my path so I want all opinions and as much knowledge as possible.

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  33. Bel bo Posted on March 5, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Any good books on heathnism in practice (contempary) and northen mythology ? Cheers!

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  34. Hermann Otto Göhrt Posted on March 5, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    I had religious experience a while back before I found out my heritage is actually Scandinavian Swedish. But at the time I didn't know who Odin was but then realised I had a calling for the all father Odin. I plan to help spread the word of asatru

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  35. Edward Smith Posted on March 6, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    My goodness your accent is strong… I can't do anything else while I listen….

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  36. Jesse Garza Posted on March 8, 2019 at 1:52 am

    This is my religion but Fenrir, skoll and hati for me. I believe in signs, symbols and runes. That is why this is my religion. Fenrir the god of destruction and war, son of Loki and Angrboda, Skoll(literally me) the god of the sun and war, son of Fenrir and Freya, and Hati the goddess of the moon and war, daughter of Fenrir and Freya. All three wolves of ragnarock and my holy trinity!

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  37. Anxiety Posted on March 10, 2019 at 5:46 am

    There are many gods… only one creator, the bible has been trampled and changed, the purified speech in Hebrew explains things different, and the names are different. There is power in names and prayer. The english language is a pagan and is the youngest language. There is no feeling in the characters of the english alphabet so the bible has been defaced. I saw a vision play out in the clouds some years back. A storm was brewing and in the clouds to the south i saw a Viking ship. There was men rowing and a drummer in the back keeping the pace. To the left a drake formed, diving out of a storm cloud. As the wings folded back its mouth opend and spewed flame. Then the drake started taking the form of a horse with wings a pegasus and on its back a burly warrior with long hair weilding a double edged sword. They colided into to the viking ship destroying it. The drummer on the ship formed into a wolf howling at the sky. Im not quite sure what i saw im still searching. Btw i was sober

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  38. Mendingo Geral Posted on March 13, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Brazilian asatru

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  39. Dio Posted on March 14, 2019 at 4:13 am

    People ask me why I don't believe in God. The Christian one.

    I tell them that God is described as an omnipotent and omnipresent being. Somebody who knows everything and is everywhere. Somebody who will punish you for eternity unending for your lack of faith. I tell them that nothing could possibly be more inhuman. How can I relate to such a God?

    The Aesir instead are ideals embodied that I can strive for. Lessons to be learned and passed on.

    I can feel that connection to what we were before.

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  40. jnipper81 Posted on March 26, 2019 at 11:08 am

    May the gods bless you, and all of us here in midguard

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  41. Never Gonnatell Posted on March 28, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Asatru is a neo pagan religion practiced by multiculturalist lefties.

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  42. Aidan Paim Posted on March 29, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Excellent video. Your material helps a lot in my path and I think I can tell you in name of thousands of asatrus and pagans from different traditions that it's marvelous to see someone so dedicated in helping other brothers. Thanks a lot, hugs from Brazil.

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  43. Erin Branham Posted on March 31, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Do you have written works I could check out?

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  44. Arlo Posted on April 1, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Can someone recommend some books or articles for me to read to learn more about this intriguing religion

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  45. Angelia Posted on April 2, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Great video till you bring up Diana… ugh.

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  46. Kenneþ Alansson Friþiby Posted on April 3, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    I used to consider myself Vanatrú, after first following the Aesir, through Odin and Thor in particular, although Tyr is the ultimate Indo-European God of all, still invoked in Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches as Deus Pater (Jupiter) and Theos (Zeus). What's wrong with Christ having a mortal mother like Hercules, or Cross instead of Club? Krist, son of Tyr the Father…

    I'm British-American English of Jórvík Danelaw lineage back to Gamla Uppsala in Svealand in my father's line, proven by the Domesday Book, a runestone in Uppland and a DNA test. My ancestors were associated with the native Swedish dynasty in Emund the Old (named for Edmund the Martyr), but joined Knut the Great and were already converted to Christianity by the priest Osmund in the Church of England, so my ancestral runestone has the Cross, alongside runes and a winding serpent of sorts. My family is still CoE in America and the Porvoo Communion between the Churches of Sweden and England has restored ties. I don't find it necessary, but counterintuitive, to discard Christ, knowing all that. I just don't care about Jewish mythology and no more need the Old Testament to become or believe in Christ than our ancestors did.

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  47. Adrian M Posted on April 8, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Nice sweater!

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  48. Sigeweard Gatley Posted on April 10, 2019 at 12:33 am

    No mention on Stephen Mcnallen and the AFA? They are like literally the reason Paganism even had a presence in America.

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  49. Allahisgay Mohammedthefalseprophet Posted on April 10, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Kulning : https://youtu.be/KvtT3UyhibQ

    A glimpse of how beautiful Freyas voice would be.

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  50. Christopher Boswell Posted on April 11, 2019 at 8:32 am

    How would someone practice Ásatrú alone?

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  51. Audun Jarl Magnussen Posted on April 11, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    The Religion of the Vikings and The Ancient Norse People

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  52. S[t]even Day Posted on April 12, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    :READ THIS:
    Tesla/ vortex math
    3: heart/earth.
    6: negative aspect of God head.
    9: positive aspect of God head.
    El [pha] /Ohm [ega] ELecrtical aspect/law of 3 (trinity) elec(trinity)
    Elohm.

    The planets were once gods shock rose or body when in their original alignment with Earth as its heart when the planets broke up God's body died all except for its heart which all of its energy was pulled back into upon its death human beings are year on this planet in order to keep the heart (earth) alive and has now created its own system. 1 Play system in which we create the power for and keep alive . Do we filter God's mind and power and then ground it back in jollier giving it its energy has the are it's mine now that it has lost its own and we hold the same alignment with a shock rose as the planets used to on their own Saturn was God's Crown chakra with the rings holding the 2/2 together of the mind the positive and negative aspects of itself And the heart represented on Jesus as the Earth. Saturn is morning the only plan is that seems to be still alive and this is God without its negative polarity which fell to Earth when the planets broke up. Just negative energy or negative player ity of mind or Saturn fell to Earth to the heart upon the death of God That is why there is still activity on Saturn are and why we see the "ring makers" of Saturn holding it together. Saturn was India's God's mind it is the duality of God's mind of which one aspect fell to the heart upon death of the body and other Chakras. That is why it is depicted that satan was once one with God and heaven but fell to earth or Gods heart. This mind of God is still feeding us its thoughts are thoughts are not our own in this is where we get the idea that God speaks to us Saturn is a radio frequency that is being projected to us in is giving us the information that we are feeding the Earth. Gods energy having never fallen is still to this day residing in Saturn and the reason Saturn Is still today praised as God and misunderstood because of this. Our collective consciousness is that of God and was released upon its original death over the Earth and we are now filtering and saving for God in order for it to remember it self in know itself. Whether we feed positive or negative energy into the Earth is whether or not we feed God negative or positive energy. We are a system that filters out and feeds God's energy back into itself grounded by our body into the Earth and allows God to know itself. We need to feed the Earth all of it's a** backs of itself that have been lost when the alignment broke up and God lost many of its shock rose which you see now as dead planets we need to make up for these laws planets on this close system that never used to be closed we are keeping this system of God alive Jesus represents the heart the battery or the charging aspect of body that feeds the blood through the body Or the Earth which is Gods heart . It in sense used us; its final creation upon death, to keep itself alive. We keep the heart (and now the entire aspect of God) alive. The teachings of Jesus are the knowledge of what we are and our purpose here. Pay attention to the Egyptian story of Osiris and ISIS and you will hear the story of God's death and fall of Gods Chakrass when the alignment broke apart, or in the story was cut into 5 or 9 pieces and strewn about the universe (the planets), Isis had to find the pieces and put them back together, re-creating God but she could not find its penis. Or the creative force of God which is a symbolism of her not being able to recreate God as he were and its creative aspect was missing. Then creating us in order to become the unifying force that holds God together.we are Gods creative aspect lost in the moment Gods original form died off. We contain all of the aspects of God and the electrical power that holds God together and breathes life. Watch a video called "worlds in collision" or purple dawn" this will give you much more of a visual to what I'm speaking of. Also you have Santa Clause, he resides on Saturn and in the North pole of Saturn which is God and the Male hexagonal force of the positive male energy. The southern, negative, female energy of Saturn fell to Earth. This is the original Adam and Eve. She fell to Earth by eating of the center tree which is Gods Heart chakra the fallen energy manifested into the only energetic form it knew which was us, human in its image. Now living in the garden, Gods heart where the scenario played out again (everything works in cycles) the electrical arc of the leftover electrical life force of the fallen energy reaches Eve what she is and then reaches Adam what he is. The positive (good) and negative (evil) aspects of God itself created by the fallen energy .
    But I have been wondering myself that if this energy fell would it have became the Southern portion of the Earth? Would the Southern portion of the Earth have become this feminine energy then had fallen and became the womb of the Earth. Antarctica; where everybody has been going lately and something seems to be birthing out of this womb that is the South Pole. I believe is what the pyramids are it's a creation of the Earth being formed into a single being: mind, heart and body. If the South Pole were a womb or as we call the pyramids tombs wouldn't calling what Satan would be birthed out of; the pit, would not not be a womb? I believe there is something in the Earth that has formed from this fallen energy that we are feeding and giving it its memories giving it its mind giving it its body feeding it by grounding our energy into the Earth and it is growing in this pit or womb and will be birthed out of the South Pole or Antarctica as it unthaws and will be birthed into this world as it has before many many times, over and over again. Which we see everywhere on the Earth as mountains and in the Biblical Revelations which we are finding out now there is DNA in the rock rock itself was alive at one time. Crazy I know but sounds logical to me. Don't you get the Earth is the only place life can exist because the rest of God is dead all of god's shock riser planets are dead Earth is the only part of God that survived and ET is being created by our government in order to facilitate some type of hoax in order to perpetuate their one world order/government . We all need to wake up we all need to realize that this Earth we live on is so much more than we believe it to be it is our mother Earth become because it is our mother will you were born of it and it is female in has a womb and will give birth to something that human beings will never understand or be able to wrap their minds around the very beings that moved these rocks and built these pyramids were born out of this womb of the Earth which we would call satan today that are made from this say tannic negative energy that fell from Saturn when God died and broke apart . This say tannic force made these pyramids in order to construct us and make us in order to keep it alive. I've had dreams depicting this thing inside the Earth in as it moves and gives the Earth birthing pains, it also causes earthquakes and volcanoes to form outside the Earth it is the pressure of this thing being birthed, it is growing! Biblical prophecy is real! Play it 9 is the lost pene'us that ISIS could not find of the broken up planetary alignment, the creative force of God's body

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  53. Waldwanderer Posted on April 16, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Beautiful Voice.

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  54. Carole French Fox Posted on April 23, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Is there weird unrelated music playing in the background of these videos? Listening to it through an earpiece and can hear totally unrelated music. Was wandering if a second video was playing in another app at the same time as this. It's distracting.

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  55. John Anthony Fingleton Posted on April 25, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I follow Asatru as a private person with especially a respect for the faith in Island.

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  56. Thomas Rice Posted on April 26, 2019 at 7:12 am

    With great respect, thank you for this presentation.

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  57. Sigtrygg Ironside Posted on April 28, 2019 at 3:52 am

    I always knew when i was a kid that christianity didn't feel right to me. I didn't feel a connection. I tried breifly when i was around 9-10 yrs old but it just didn't take. But i always felt a wave of what i can only term as spirituality when it rained, or snowed, when i walked through the woods, saw lightening and heard thunder. When i learned myths in school i felt immediate connection. My first introduction to myths was greek, then roman. They felt good to me. But it wasn't until i read a book in 10th grade about Northern European myths that i found my home. I am American of Northern Decent. German, Swedish and English. So to say i have it in my blood is putting it mildly. I know the Gods hear me. I see their signs around me when they want me to know something. I know they are with my ancestors and all of them are looking on me. I'm not too much of a fan of Asatru groups. Maybe in Europe they are better. But in America i feel like the priests are very full of themselves. Like "Hey, i'm the cool pagan guy. I know more than you." So i am very leery of getting involved with any of them. Also i see some outside influence added to our beliefs. So i do my thing with the Gods alone. I talk to them, they talk to me. I don't need a Gothi. Maybe if i find a group that mirrors my belief i'll take part. But for now i stay alone. Just me and the Gods.

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  58. Sigtrygg Ironside Posted on April 28, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Try this site. Has a ton of books for download on the subject. https://darkbooks.org/collection/category-asatru-and-odinism.html

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  59. silver scape Posted on April 29, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I'm a proud German and am really interested in my ancestors history and teachings

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  60. IAM THATIAM Posted on May 2, 2019 at 8:16 am

    I soooo hope im still hear to see the REAL GODS show up and start kicking arse ⚡ 🌩 🍃 🔥

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  61. Patrick Perron Posted on May 5, 2019 at 2:20 am

    I always love your sweaters! Also, I find your chats most interesting, thank you. Keep up the good work!

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  62. devan l kicker Posted on May 6, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    very good explanation very clear and very helpful thank u

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  63. Frank Mueller Posted on May 15, 2019 at 7:46 am

    In the U.S. Asatru is also quite popular among prison populations.

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  64. L. S. Whitney Posted on May 24, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Great video, as usual. I see there is some disagreement on the translation and meaning of the word "Asatru." Very enlightening.

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  65. Viktor Hammerstein Posted on May 25, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Diana Paxson with foreword by Isaac Bonewits? Yeah…..sounds legit. Right.

    I bought and read this a few years ago, to say that it is a tainted take is to put it mildly. Points for a pleasant demeanor, but you might want to check the animus behind this book.

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  66. Silver bull Posted on May 27, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    You make great videos thank you

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  67. Thomas Aeon Posted on May 28, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Odin's blessings upon you….

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  68. Gumba Chris Posted on June 7, 2019 at 12:56 am

    What about those people that say "you arent white so you shouldnt practice this" Which is the vibe i get from when reading over the Q&A section for the homepage of the Asatru alliance. Which is the first thing that comes up when you google Asatru They talk about how people find it as an alternative to Christianity and all this stuff.

    But then state that it should only be practiced by people who have European ancestry. Stating that we should stick to our ancestral beliefs and for example: A white Muslim would feel at odd worshiping Alah but would find more spiritual fulfillment when Serving Thor and Odin because that is aligned more with their heritage.

    Does thor and Odin really care about your skin color more so than your belief in them?

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  69. abc news Posted on June 9, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    mother of all religions is indian religion. asa means faith in indian tru means truth.

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  70. S Tolman Posted on June 18, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Hard to take the subject matter seriously with that background music.
    I'm not impressed with the 'asatru' materials I've read, they seem to be tainted by wiccan theology (and indirectly by christianity) to pressing for an ordered structure of believe this, this and this, but not that. It seems that primitive tribalistic connection to the gods would be more individualistic

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  71. Peter Schubert Posted on June 21, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    💖💖💖Dankeschön 💖💖💖

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  72. Noel Casillas Posted on June 22, 2019 at 1:28 am

    This is an odd question but could someone of Hispanic descent be a follower of this religion?

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  73. Gal Hund Posted on June 22, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Christians are no longer a threat. The west is dying at the hands of a new religion; Globalism.

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  74. Matthew Curtiss Posted on June 24, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Thank you for this brother.

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  75. Dakota Foy Posted on June 24, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    My favorite story is how huginn and muginn rise every morning to fly around yggdrasil and land on odins shoulder to tell him all that happened throughout the realms

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  76. Guy H. Posted on June 28, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I have this "Essential Ásatrú" book. Yes it is a good source. It has set me on my course of discovery that I'm going through. Like this video a lot Arith.

    PS: I absolutely LOVE listening to Kulning, so beautiful!

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  77. Monday's insanity Posted on June 28, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Been seriously considering converting to asatru but I don't have a complete understanding yet(really just an instinctual connection I guess) any tips?

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  78. Stewart Thomas Posted on July 5, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Love your stuff kick on love it.

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  79. TheyCallMe Savage Posted on July 5, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Well said, skål brother from slavic Rodnovery.

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  80. More Wood Posted on July 14, 2019 at 12:28 am

    all in one take nice job

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  81. John Galtman Posted on July 14, 2019 at 7:37 am

    I deal with the pubic every day, I have come into contact with many more of our pagan people than I have with transgender people.

    Pagans are actually here, most of us are not part of any organized group, but we are part of our peoples understanding.

    we all keep leaping over the fences.

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  82. Steven Hiller Posted on July 19, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I think I find it difficult calling something a religion that doesn't claim to have eternal truths in it. The point of religion is to answer questions about the world that science cannot such as the spiritual world or after life.

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  83. Jaggy Scotland Posted on August 1, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Very informative. Great video as always Arith. Hail the old Gods.

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  84. Mikkel Hansen Posted on August 6, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    This seem to be a very healthy relegion. That promotes culture, community and helping each other. And one important thing is that there is no god that can fix your problems and that you are the one that have to be strong to fix them yourself. With it saying there is other gods for other people it throws religious violence out the window since a lot of grim stuff have been justified by a religion.

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  85. Robin de Roos Posted on August 10, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Well, whatever goes wrong in the world, blame the giants!

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  86. Jack Stucki Posted on August 28, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    >Ari
    >not a Jew
    Try again, Shlomo.

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  87. J K Posted on September 3, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Asatro as it is called here in Denmark is as you describe it in your video. I myself am Asatro and member of several of the small groups you speak of. And again as you told it is true enough. here in Denmark is the largest Forn Siđr. And has become a recognized religious community where we have been given a burial ground for us in the city of Odense. right now we are struggling to be allowed to be buried with a long ship. the book you are showing is good and a good start. And Hávamál
    is the one I personally use. a really good video and I'm sure people got a better understanding.

    Reading and interpreting the old texts, songs, sagas and folk tales etc. is part of it, to create one's own faith, as is the dialogue with other faiths about the same.

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  88. bbc 4whitewommenz Posted on September 3, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    The gods of the white heathen nations.

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  89. jens jense Posted on September 4, 2019 at 8:52 am

    This is the best channel on YouTube. Thank you for all your work, it’s amazing.

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  90. LadyxInsanity Posted on September 5, 2019 at 5:51 am

    I only began looking into (and believing in) Asatru a few months ago, so this really helped me get a grip on how to explain my beliefs to people who don’t understand. Saying “I believe in Norse gods such as Odin, Thor and Freyja” has given me more than a few confused stares haha. So, thank you for… easing the difficulty, if you will. May the Gods bring you good fortune 🙂

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  91. Kiss two Gays Posted on September 10, 2019 at 3:47 am

    This is a beautiful man religion

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  92. polemeros Posted on September 10, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    It's amusing to watch neo-pagans here resentfully & righteously dismissing "Christian influences" but being deaf and blind to their complete immersion in a post-Enlightenment liberalism which fuels their outrage against "racism".

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  93. Alicia Nyblade Posted on September 20, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Thank you so much. I've been wanting to learn more about Asatru and have been frustrated with running into "sources" that reveal themselves to be Nazi mysticism in Norse clothing. In short, this video was a breath of fresh air and I'll add the book to my "to read" list. I looked up the author and, when I read she's a founder of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval reenactment organization), I thought, "I like her already!" 🙂 Thanks again. Peace.

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  94. chris g Posted on September 25, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Great video on my path to paganism

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  95. Martin Mellembakken Posted on October 1, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    What is norsk folketro? It's a umbrella term for forn sed (gammel norsk) galder and Seid in all forms and also deisme and three different versions of åsatro. Which our native religion as our edda school books in the prelouge written in Latin, religio naturalis. This cultural beliefs built on Seid healing and training your mind of course. The æser and vanir in our sagas etc aren't gods in judeo sense, they are states of mind and forces of nature both internally in human aswell as in nature. Od means spirit in old Norwegian and some other dialects. So Odin is a kjenning which is central to Norwegian culture,just as heitis like in our lunar calendar, example you're borned in Karl's vogna (kjenning for thors wagon) but that doesn't mean that you are the wagon, because of the heitis you are then the rams /ram that pulls thors wagon. I'm brought up in norsk folketro and had it school because Im not baptized and my parents asked for me to not attend because we were Norwegians with Norwegian folketro, which is what people here actually believes as long as they aren't foreigners mostly from Denmark they are the ones raping us with Christianity, we still have a Danish king. Anyways talking about åsatro without the modern history of it, it has slowly changed over very long time, it never stopped but people could lose land and home or worse if you got a church against you for being hedning. Since Norway was called vik and was north germania (Norge short for norgermania) =north germania. Our civil culture violent idiological warfare. Most of my relatives are still åsatro in the right sense, no praying to gods because they know what the gods are, and my now dead oldefar who was a nature healer Seid practisioner and elk hunter. Anyways it's impossible to understand without help of people you trust. My uncle did not learn anything because he claimed it was cheap magic tricks, my relatives have told me not mentioned it but we all talk about it during our jule-blot. Which is our second most important blot of the year… The other is to connect with ancestors we use natural amplifiers for that blot to connect (talk) to our grandparents etc.so this video is pretty far off, but maybe it's more rigth for the people who think at is as pantheon instead of personaled powers states of mind and more complex stuff. First after studying this with passion from childhood to I got old, I got confidence in my skills about it, but I still learned. And it's not Norse and Norse means Norwegians but Norway was called vik at the time. That's why I every one from vik was called vikings, just like people from dal are called daling etc,,, ing means person /man. So at the noerena time viking directly translated =man from vik

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  96. Rodz Hhh Posted on October 2, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Excellent as is consistent with you, noble sir 😁 I think as far as the Wiccan religion comparison is concerned, we can clearly see that both are pagan and in pan-paganism magick features across the board (no doubt in varying degrees and forms) in all, if not pretty close to all. So in essence you could say they’re the same, but this model would apply to any pagan group: we can also say that what is quite unique to both Wicca and Asatru is that they are both modern interpretations of paganism. Another division occurs in Asatru’s seemingly stronger associations to environment and ethnicity (and we’re all, and quite correctly, cautious about such factors) whilst Wicca seems less concerned with race and territory. I would however make a tentative point and argue that Wicca is more Celt based, in both practice, deities, demography and geography. Well it’s inspired me look in to Wicca more. Thanks Arith and keep up the sterling work 🙏🏻⚔️🐍

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  97. Pherox Posted on October 2, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Interesting! I know Diana Paxson as the publisher of the last books of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Avalon series.

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