The Nature of Asatru: An Overview of the Ideals and Philosophy of the Indigenous Religion of Northern Europe.

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iUniverse, Mar 22, 2006 - Religion - 276 pages
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Ásatrú (AH-sa-troo), also called Odinism, is the native religion of the Teutonic peoples as embodied in the fundamentals of their cultural expressions. Much more than just a belief system, it encompasses every aspect of ancient Northern European society. This book is an attempt to explain the basic philosophic and moral ideals of this ancient way of life, while seeking to eliminate many of the misconceptions surrounding it.

Demonstrated here is the nature of a faith that has existed for centuries, in spite of numerous campaigns to suppress or destroy it by various powers. Once the reader learns the core values found within this creed, it is easy to recognize how it coincides with our notions of civilization and its evolution. It teaches inner strength and courage, as well as kindness and compassion. In introducing the positive, ethical standards Ásatrú has to offer, the aim here is to rekindle the primal spirit within us all.

"The author provides an in-depth introduction for those new to the folkway, yet gives much food for thought to the experienced practitioner. Sure to inspire deeper investigation of the various aspects of Ásatrú. Highly recommended."

-Hengest Thorsson, The Odinic Rite

 

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Some good information in this one, predominantly as a look into the philosophies of the modern religion. Well-written to boot. However, one must look out for some pretty major "personal touches" Puryear adds: there are some pretty gross spots with ridiculous black-and-white thinking (such as the distinction between galdr and seidr), and as can almost be expected by now, racist overtones. There's also a fair bit of misinformation when it comes to the myths themselves that definitely ruffled some feathers, so if it's merely information on the Aesir, Vanir, and other beings of Norse mythology that you're looking for, I strongly recommend you go through the Eddas to start off with rather than this UPG. 

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User Review  - laeviss - LibraryThing

Full of racist and homophobic claptrap. Avoid this book and others like it. Read full review

Contents

The Gods and Goddesses
1
Wyrd
19
Morality
32
Pleasure
51
The Warrior
62
Marriage and Children
74
The Land
86
Folk
97
Todays Religion
110
Conclusion
123
Appendix A The Role of Women in Ásatrú by Katia Puryear
127
Appendix B The Hávamál
139
Catalog of Terms
175
Sources
253
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