Heathenry/Ásatrú Description

ð or is pronounced like the "th" in that or the Þ or is pronounced like the "th" in thing, thin, or with.
Alþing / Þhing (All Thing) Legislative and executive assembly of free men. Yearly gathering or assembly at which the law is read, disputes adjudicated, announcements made
Ásatrú / Ásatrúar Belief in the gods (Æsir) O.N. Ow-sah-true / Ows-ah-trueTrue to the Æsir Sometimes pronounced AY-sah-true First known usage 1830s O. BrownsonDerived from Danish word: Asetro
Beliefs Polytheistic. the god/desses as distinct entities the Æsir, Vanir, Jötnar, and Vættr.Strongly held and expressed morals and ethics from middle and working classes. See Nine noble Virtues & Vanatru ethical code
Blót / O.N. Bloat Ritual sacrifice to the gods / offering / votive / blessing
Blótbolli / hlautbowl Bowl
Branches of American Asatru Racialist branch (Ayrans only)Anti-racist branch (open to anyone) Ethnical branch (ethnic specific archetypal forms folkish to universalist)
Forn seðr / Forn sed Ancient way / old custom
Galdr or galðr Magical chants and songs
Goði Godly
Gothar Collective priesthood of the Ásatrú community. Literally: those who speak the godly tongue
Gothi God serving. Ásatrú priest
Gythia Ásatrú priestess
Hammer of Thor Hammer found in archeological sites. Now used to identify Asatru
Havamal The Words of Odin the High One. the Elder or Poetic Edda / Saemund's Edda.

From Havamal Canada: ”The Havamal is one of the most important ancient texts of the Northern European religious tradition known variously as Asatru, heathenry, Odinism, and the Troth. Part of the Poetic Edda, the Havamal (“Sayings of the High One”) contains advice from Odin on various topics including hospitality, love, friendship, magic, and the value of life. Many heathens consider the Havamal to be the most important Asatru ethical and magical text, and study it frequently for its religious and magical significance.”

Hof Temple
Independent Kindreds The majority of Ásatrúar
Kindred Local association of individuals and families aka felagid, lagur (fellowships), godhordhs, garths, and hearths.
Nine noble virtues (Ásatrú) Courage, Truth, Honor, Loyalty, Hospitality, Discipline, Industriousness, Self-Reliance, and Perseverance.
Oath ring Ring used for affirmation / profession
Odinists Primary allegiance to Odin
Ragnarok The final battle between the Æsirs & Jutnars and both their allies.
Reconstruction Based on researchable historic antecedents Vikings, Sagas, Eddas, archeological evidence. Developed in parallel with modern neo-paganism
Rune Norse simbols for writing, fortune telling, healing and other reasons..
Seid / seiðr Altered states of consciousness. Communication with spirits and gods
Seidhr (Hrafnar) Some who performs seiðr work.
Spá-working or spácraft Divination and auguries
Stalli Alter
Sumbel or Sumble Ritual toasting / drinking celebration
Theod Anglo-Saxon concept of heathenry ties to the Ring of Troth
Vanatru / Vanatruar Belief in the gods (Vanir)
Vanatru ethical code Courage, Living with Honour, Kinship, Generosity and Hospitality, Self-Control, Industriousness, Respect and care for this world, Moderation, and Kindness and Compassion.
Holy place
Vor tru / Vor seðr Our faith / our way


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