Followers of Asatru adhere to the ancient, pre-Christian Norse religion.
WHAT IS ASATRU?
Long before Christianity came to northern Europe, the people there - our ancestors - had their own religions. One of these
was Asatru. It was practiced in the lands that are today Scandinavia, England, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and other
countries as well. Asatru is the original or native religious belief for the peoples who lived in these regions.
WHAT DOES THE WORD "ASATRU" MEAN?
It means, roughly, "belief in the Gods" in Old Norse, the language of ancient Scandinavia in which so much of our source
material was written. Asatru is the name by which the Norsemen called their religion.
WHEN DID ASATRU START?
Asatru is thousands of years old. Its beginnings are lost in prehistory, but it is older than Christianity, Islam, Buddhism,
or most other religions. The spiritual impulses it expresses are as ancient as the European peoples themselves - at least
40,000 years, and perhaps much older.
WHY DID ASATRU DIE OUT IF IT WAS THE RIGHT RELIGION FOR EUROPEANS?
Asatru was subjected to a violent campaign of repression over a period of hundreds of years. Countless thousands of people
were murdered, maimed, and exiled in the process. The common people (your ancestors!) did not give up their cherished beliefs
easily. Eventually, the monolithic organization of the Christian church, bolstered by threats of economic isolation and assisted
by an energetic propaganda campaign, triumphed over the valiant but unsophisticated tribes.
Or so it seemed! Despite this persecution, elements of Asatru continued down to our own times - often in the guise of folklore
- proving that our own native religion appeals to our innermost beings in a fundamental way. Now, a thousand years after its
supposed demise, it is alive and growing. Indeed, so long as there are men and women of European descent, it cannot really
die because it springs from the soul of our people. Asatru isn't just what we BELIEVE, it's what we ARE.
WHAT ARE THE BASIC BELIEFS OF ASATRU?
We believe in an underlying, all-pervading divine energy or essence which is generally hidden from us, and which is beyond
our immediate understanding. We further believe that this spiritual reality is interdependent with us - that we affect it,
and it affects us.
We believe that this underlying divinity expresses itself to us in the forms of the Gods and Goddesses. Stories about these
deities are like a sort of code, the mysterious "language" through which the divine reality speaks to us.
We believe in standards of behavior which are consistent with these spiritual truths and harmonious with our deepest being.
We are polytheistic. That is, we believe in a number of deities, including Goddesses as well as Gods. We do not accept
the idea of "original sin", the notion that we are tainted from birth and intrinsically bad, as does Christianity. Thus, we
do not need "saving".
We do not claim to be a universal religion or a faith for all of humankind. In fact, we don't think such a thing is possible
or desirable. The different branches of humanity have different ways of looking at the world, each of which is valid for them.
It is only right that they have different religions, which of course they do.
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