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The Nine Noble Virtues of Ásatrú

European Congress of Ethnic Religions

As with most other indigenous ethnic or folk religions, the ancestors of modern-day Scandinavians actually had no specific name for their religion. In those ancient times, when the whole community lived by one same religion, there was no need for a “name,” because there were simply no other religions known to them at the time.

Today, the name Ásatrú is used to refer to a religious community which takes on the worldview and philosophy of the Old Norse people in expressing that original Nordic faith.
The Ásatrú religion, as practiced today, is basically a reconstruction of what was once one of the most widespread faiths in Europe. Ásatrú is a very old religion, dating back to prehistoric times and it was the spiritual path of Nordic people for thousands of years until Christianity swept through Europe.

The re-creation of Ásatrú is being accomplished now by using the surviving historical records, literary sources from ancient times, archaeological and anthropological evidence, as well as traditions that have been passed down through the ages. Its followers have maintained it as closely as possible to the original religion of the Norse people; therefore, modern Ásatrú is practically the complete revival of the ancient Norse Pagan religion. It is sometimes also referred to by other names, such as Odinism or Wotanism, but throughout Scandinavia this religion is called Forn Siðr which means “the ancient way or tradition.”

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