Asatru

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Icelandic Ásatrú.

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  • Ásatrú (with diacritics, acknowledging Icelandic derivation)

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Asatru

  1. Ásatrú; a neopaganistic religion, reconstructed from old Norse religion, that involves belief in, and worship of, the Æsir.
    • 2004, Gundula E. Rommel, Asgard in America: Inventing European Ethnic Identity in a Post-industrial Pluralist Culture, Thesis (M.A.), page 8,
      Presenting themselves as deeply religious and, at the same time, open to scientific testing methods that would physically damage the revered bones, the Asatru claimants occupied an interesting middle ground between the opposing sides.
    • 2008, Michelangelo Delfino, Mary E. Day, Death Penalty USA: 2005 - 2006, page 296,
      Lenz felt Parker was "disrespecting the gods" and "saying that he was teaching Asatru but what he was teaching was not Asatru."
    • 2009, Mark Ludwig Stinson, Heathen Gods, page 51,
      Many people have not heard of Asatru or Heathenry...or they have a mistaken or distorted view of what it is. By offering classes and workshops on Asatru 101, the Gods, the Ancestors, the Vaettir, and the Runes...you can educate people about Asatru and raise interest in Asatru in your area.

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