literally means "true to the gods." It is a strongly polytheistic religion
based in the ancient Norse culture -- which gives them both their pantheon
of gods and their code of ethics.
are three focal points to the Asatru religion. First comes the gods. These
fall into two categories, the Aesir and the Vanir (there are also the Jotnar
-- the Frost Giants -- but these are only worshipped on an individual basis
as part of one of the other two groups). Second and third, the Asatru worship
their ancestors and the land (and its spirits).
in Asatru takes the form of a blot. A blot is an offering made to the gods,
land, or ancestor spirits. Usually, mead (a sacred honey liquor) is poured
out or drunk to honor whomever the blot is for. The intent is to strengthen
the ties with the gods, to give them thanks for gifts received, and to
in magic is not a prerequisite for Asatru, as religion and magic are considered
seperate things. Prayer is communication with the gods and not considered
a magical working, although some Asatruar (like the Icelanders, see below)
use magic heavily in their rituals.
interesting to note that, Asatru is one of the state religions of Iceland.
There are a few differences between Asatru in America and that of Iceland.
For starters, there are fewer Asatruar in Iceland than there are in America.
Icelandic Asatruar also worship differently: there is one centralized church
where all Asatruar go to worship (as opposed to the many, small local groups
in America). Asatru in Iceland is also very magic centered.