How is Asatru practiced

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What is Asatru? - Frequently asked questions - FAQ

What is Asatru?

Asatru, also called Nordic / Germanic paganism, is a polytheistic, living religion. It sees itself as the resumption of the religion of the Germanic and Scandinavian peoples before their conversion to Christianity. Asatru is a modern, life-loving religion in the here and now. Life with the gods is in the foreground.
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What does "Asatru" mean when translated?

"tru" means "to believe", "asa" = "the sir". The sir are one of two families of gods in the pantheon. The worship of the other family of gods, the Vanen, is usually automatically included. But there is also the name "Vanatru".

Who are the gods?

The gods and goddesses are (Germanic) Wodan, Donar, Frey, Ziu, Friia or (Scandinavian names) Odin, Thor, Freyr, Tyr, Freya, Frigga ... They live on in many European weekday names (Thursday = Donar's day, Friday = Freya's day, Swedish Wednesday = Onsdag = Odin's day etc.)

Who can take part?

Everyone ! Regardless of gender, age, skin color, origin, language or favorite food. The gods have never had a problem with this, and why should we humans be more petty?
How can I Participate?
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Is that the same religion as it was then?

There is no demonstrable, unbroken tradition from then until now. Asatru has been practiced as an "old-new" religion since the middle of the 20th century. It is now officially recognized by the state in Iceland, Denmark and Norway. It is also well represented in Sweden, Germany and America; there are also groups on the other continents.

What does Asatru rely on?

We refer the information about the beliefs of that time mainly to the existing literary sources - e.g. the Icelandic Eddas and Sagas. Dealing with and interpreting these sources is therefore an important part of Asatru. At least as important, however, is the implementation in the spirituality and religion lived here and now. Because a lot of knowledge has been irrevocably lost. The challenge of today is to fill the gaps in a meaningful way without losing too much reference to the past. Life with the gods is a personal way to the gods and our gods live with us here today, that's how we experience them.
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Is there a central authority, a hierarchy?

No. There are individuals, round tables, small cult communities, associations with different objectives, but no one has the right to speak for everyone else. Likewise, this page only gives my personal assessment of Asatru - kept as general as possible. You should therefore form your own picture of each group, because each one reflects an aspect of what Asatru can be.

The crucial question at the end: Does that have something to do with "right-wing, racist, National Socialist ..."?

No, no, and once again no. Anyone who claims otherwise is instrumentalizing a normal and tolerant religion for their personal, sick worldview, politics or power games. This is * not * welcome with us.
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But there are websites that look so "folkish" and also call themselves Asatru ...

* We * are * not * "völkisch" in any case.
Asatru is just not a protected brand name, and nobody can be forbidden to call themselves that or to spread their own view of Asatru, even if there is no historical or other basis for these ideas. They serve to transport an ideology or something else and have nothing to do with the gods or our religion.

Do you still have any questions?

Just write to us askanasatru [@] asatruringfrankfurt.deor use the Asatru hotline. Every question is justified and each of us was at the beginning and would have loved to have someone who could provide answers. We try our best.

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