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Austrugr Kindred

We will attempt to answer some common questions providing a combination of answers and links to answers.


Please note:  While we have tried to verify the validity of the below links, we cannot ensure how long they remain active.

 

Who are you?

We are regular everyday people, such as yourselves, who refer to themselves as heathens.

 

What is a heathen?

While each individual's answer may differ, you will find a very well written answer here.

 

What religion do you practice?

While 'Your Milage May Vary', we do not consider ours to be either a practice or religion.  We see it as living a folkway of the pre-Christians of Northern Europe, some now call Asatru.  For a well written description, see here - (website currently frozen).

 

What is Asatru?

Asatru literally means true to the Aesir.  For more, click here.


What Gods do you worship?

Well.  In heathenism we do not worship our Gods per say, but we venerate the Aesir and Vanir of Northern Europe, as one would associate with family, hence another name for the Aesir/Vanir is the ‘Elder Kin’. 

 

Family/Ancestors and Landvættir are also honoured.


Are there any requirements?

Basically, there is only one.  One must be ‘True to the Aesir’, and not venerate any other deities.  Some may also live by the Nine Noble Virtues. 

 

I have heard of the Nine Noble Virtues.  What are these?

Truth

Courage

Perseverance                                   

Fidelity

Industriousness

Self Reliance

Honour

Hospitality

Discipline

 

Do you adhere to the Nine Noble Virtues?

It is up to the individual.  The Nine Noble Virtues were codified in the 1970s, and bear no real semblance to the heathen worldview.  However, what one does in their own frithstead (home) is their choosing.

 

Are you politically active?

No.  Any political associations are those of the individual(s), and, of a personal nature. 


 

What else should I know about Heathenism?

Four Bedposts of Heathenism

I.  Heathenism is the dedication to (and only to) the Aesir and Vanir: Odin, Thor, Frey, and friends. These gods are not a jealous lot, but Ganesh is by no stretch of imagination an Aesir. The nature of these gods (entity, archetype, etc.) is an ongoing discussion. 

 

II.  In Heathenism, the blot and sumbel are the rites to honour the Aesir and Vanir, heroes and ancestors.

 

III.  Heathenism is the daily life of courage based on the thews of our ancestors - ie, to take responsibility for our own deeds, to act true and honest, to be self-reliant and step in for freedom. Such a life creates good orlog. 

 

IIII.  Heathenism is a revitalized folkway. A synthesis of literary/mythological sources of all Germanic folk (and the mix-ins from their Germanicized neighbours), contributions from scientific research (linguistics, history, anthropology, archaeology, etc.) and deep personal insights. Heathenism is a house with 4 rooms (Scandic, Gothic, Anglo-Saxon and southern).  


In addition we have quite a bit of 'gravy': runes, seidh, galdor, spae, lower mythology, holy steads, utisetta, tradition, family, tools, symbols, music, art, education, etc.


Yet if you can't accept the four main points, you will be having trouble with Heathenism.