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    Post  Carol on Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:54 pm

    The link to the thread started by Chamber is here: http://mistsofavalon.invisionplus.net/?mforum=mistsofavalon&showtopic=144

    This is an area I've currently been studying. Very interesting to me. It's essentially based on Norse Mythology.

    Germanic Neopaganism (also known as Heathenism or Heathenry, Ásatrú, Odinism, Forn Siðr, Vor Siðr, and Theodism) is the modern revival of historical Germanic paganism. Precursor movements appeared in the early 20th century in Germany and Austria. A second wave of revival began in the early 1970s.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asatru

    As a part of the great European Folkway, Asatru has a number of characteristic beliefs. Some of these are:

    The world is good. Prosperity is good. Life is good, and we should live it with joy and enthusiasm.


    We are free to shape our lives to the extent allowed by our skill, courage, and might. There is no predestination, no fatalism, no limitations imposed by the will of any external deity.


    We do not need salvation. All we need is the freedom to face our destiny with courage and honor.


    We are connected to all our ancestors. They are a part of us. We in turn will be a part of our descendants.


    We are also linked to all our living kin - to our families and to every man and woman rooted in the tribes of Europe. They are our "greater family."


    We are connected to Nature and subject to its laws. The Holy Powers often express themselves in Nature's beauty and might.


    We believe that morality does not depend on commandments, but rather arises from the dignity and honor of the noble-minded man and woman.


    We do not fear the Holy Powers, or consider ourselves their slaves. On the contrary, we share community and fellowship with the Divine. The Holy Powers encourage us to grow and advance to higher levels.


    We honor the Holy Powers under the names given them by our Germanic/Norse ancestors.


    We practice Asatru by honoring the turning of the seasons…the ancestors…the Divine…and ourselves - in everyday life.


    Asatru is about roots.



    It's about connections.



    It's about coming home.



    Asatru Folk Assembly: http://runestone.org/


    Interesting to say the least....especially considering it's about as fringe as fringe gets.

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