Specializing in Faith & Religion
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American Heathens

Asatru, meaning “belief in the gods,” is not a religion in the traditional sense of the word. A late addition to the neopagan movement that began in America in the 1950s, Asatru specifically aims to reconstruct the spiritual and cultural traditions of ancient northern Europe — often with a distinctly American twist. Adherents, more commonly known as “heathens,” often describe Asatru as a way of life. For many who observe the “folkish” variety of American Asatru and belong to organizations like the Asatru Alliance, the faith is a chance to reconnect with and preserve what they believe to be their ethnic and cultural heritage.

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