Ásatrú (Religion)- Origin and Followers

Ásatrú Funeral Customs
Ásatrú (Religion)- Origin and Followers

Origin

Asatru is a polytheistic religion where its followers worship and offer sacrifices to various goddesses and gods. Asatru means “true to the gods”. Asatru was founded in 1924 by Beinteinsson, a sheep farmer and a priest who published a book of rímur (Icelandic rhymed epic poetry) in 1945.

Its beliefs are traced back to the ancient Germanic spirits and Gods. Asatru originated in Iceland in the 1970s, but with thousands of years of existence. The modern revival of Asatru began with 12 men and women who met at Reykjavik’s Hotel Borg in 1972. Ásatrú is now the largest non-Christian religion in Iceland with over 4,000 members.

Its followers use various rituals to consolidate, reinforce and celebrate their faith where they welcome ancestors, their Æsir Goddesses and Gods, the Vanir Goddesses and Gods, and the Alfar and recognize their presences.

One of Asatru’s famous celebrations is blóts, a communal event held several times a year. During the event, a sacrifice is made and may be connected with the word “blood”. A mead (honey-wine) or ale is used for making toasts to gods, ancestors, and heroes. Worshippers drink a portion of it and pour the rest as a libation. Asatru being now a modern religion, its followers have been able to trace its ancient roots without imitation.

Believes

  • Everyone can be an Asatru believer regardless of the place of residence or origin gender, skin color.
  • Equality of all people.
  • Any form of exclusion of other or even right-wing or right-wing extremist ideas is beyond them.

Festivals

  • Disting – First new moon in February
  • Ostara– 21st of March
  • Walpurgis Night – 30th 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