Iceland is officially worshiping Norse gods again

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For the first time since the Vikings sailed, the Icelandic public are worshiping classical Norse gods like Odin, Thor, and Frigg at a public temple built in their honor. “The worship of Odin, Thor, Freya and the other gods of the old Norse pantheon became an officially recognized religion exactly 973 years after Iceland’s official conversion to Christianity.”

An Icelandic association called Asatruarfelagid, which promotes faith in the Norse gods and is headed by high-priest Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, raised sufficient funds and received permission from the government to construct the first such temple in 1,000 years. Observers wonder how the rise of neo-pagan traditions will affect the reception of Christianity.

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2016/1/a-norse-temple-for-the-21st-century.html

High priest Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson has had a lot on his plate lately. He is the leader of Ásatrúarfélagið, Iceland’s largest association of followers of Ásatrú, the Norse neopagan religion, and ever since news hit the international press that his association would soon be breaking ground on the first temple to the Norse gods in 1000 years, his inbox has been flooded with inquiries from foreign journalists. Ásatrú ceremonies have been disturbed by curious tourists.

This current notoriety is a far cry from the humble beginnings of Ásatrúarfélagið. Founded in 1972 by Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson, a sheep farmer and writer of rímur, a form of epic poetry (here he is, chanting the poetic Edda), the original congregation numbered just about a dozen souls. Nonetheless, in 1973 the association applied for, and received, official recognition as a faith-based organization with the right to perform marriages and funerals as well as to collect congregation tax. The worship of Odin, Thor, Freya and the other gods of the old Norse pantheon became an officially recognized religion exactly 973 years after Iceland’s official conversion to Christianity. This conversion was agreed upon at the Althing in 1000 AD; consensus was reached, with characteristic Scandinavian pragmatism, with the help of three compromises: the new Christians would still be allowed to eat horsemeat, abandon unwanted infants in the wilderness and worship the old gods in the privacy of their homes.

In recent decades, membership in Ásatrúarfélagið has grown to about 2,400 — a not insignificant sum in a country of only 330,000 — and has become the largest non-Christian religious community in Iceland. Ásatrú movements in Sweden, Denmark and Norway are more modest, with members numbering a few hundred in each country, but they are growing steadily.

It should come as no surprise that the news of a new temple to the Norse gods has drawn such attention: Along with progressive politics and the Nordic welfare model, narratives of the pillaging Vikings and their gods are arguably what make up the total of people’s associations with Scandinavia in much of the world. It’s enough to take a stroll down the main streets of Stockholm’s Old Town — or similar tourist traps in Oslo, or Reykjavik — to realize that Vikings are good for business: Norse-themed dolls, t-shirts, and costumes are for sale at every souvenir store. Horned Viking helmets, sometimes completed with a fringe of blonde hair glued to the rim, are particularly popular. (There is no evidence that the Vikings ever attached horns to their helmets.)

And it’s not just for the tourists: Every summer thousands of vacationing Swedes, Danes and Norwegians flock to that Scandinavian version of the Renaissance Faire, the Viking market. Norse mythology and the Viking esthetic have provided plenty of fodder for kitsch souvenirs and ideas that we not only sell to tourists but also, to a large extent, buy into ourselves.

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whatever floats your boat eh?

“his association would soon be breaking ground on the first temple to the Norse gods in 1000 years,”

401

~ by seeker401 on January 31, 2016.

14 Responses to “Iceland is officially worshiping Norse gods again”

  1. The trouble with this group is that it allows homosexuals and non-whites in, and that turns this religion from a Euro-entric Volkisch religion into just another Christian-like religion that has compromised its values and abandoned its origins.

    I prefer Odinism, which rejects these weaknesses & is geared to be an identity religion, strictly for those of European ancestry.
    There has to come a time where whites demand their own countries and a return to their own religions & cultures. The rest of the world has these things, whites need them too.

    • Congrats to the icelanders. Hopefully they will ban abrahamic religions altogether. Let them pray in a closet, as their bible tells them to.

      your ‘whites’ own countries’ narrative is just fine with me – as long as we’re talking about europe. the US is most certainly not a white country. the population is 60% white (and falling), but only because it was violently stolen. the same is true of canada, australia, and new zealand. in south africa, whites are a minority.

      and if you’re planning to come to my house with a bunch of friends with guns to tell me i have to move because of the color of my skin. well… your friends better have *a lot* of guns – and be prepared to fucking die. pray to whatever fake god you want.

  2. Ikea could step in with a self assembly viking longship that could be used to invade England again

  3. “and if you’re planning to come to my house with a bunch of friends with guns to tell me i have to move because of the color of my skin…”
    Did I say that?
    And the U.S. is 67% white, as of the last census.
    The U.S. white population has never been much more that around 80% white anyway (with the exception of the very early days, when we were still just 13 or so colonies), and has pretty much hovered around 70%, for the most part. The black population has been as high as 14% and as low as 11%. The Hispanic population has varied pretty wildly, and around 30 million of them right now are illegals (this number varies wildly too, as it’s impossible to get an accurate count).
    The U.S. is a different situation than most countries, Canada is too. There were few natives left here when the migrations started, and the migrations came from all over (and the “natives were immigrants, too).
    But Europe is an entirely different story, it is the homeland of all the ethnically white races, just as Africa is the homeland of the black races & Asia is the homeland of the Asians ethnicities.
    This attempt to jumble up the races within Europe (and only Europe) is an obvious attempt to disenfranchise the whites, and…if it does not stop… it will end in violence, revolution, & war, as all such things do.
    Then it won’t matter who is right or wrong or innocent. The battle lines will be racial, and the world will explode in a season of race-based horror.

    The different races of the world need to learn to leave each other the hell alone.

    • “Did I say that?”

      it’s a basic tenet of white nationalism. don’t pretend it isnt.

      “And the U.S. is 67% white, as of the last census.”

      63.7% according to the 2010 census. bottom line, you can’t call the US a “white country.”

      “But Europe is an entirely different story, it is the homeland of all the ethnically white races”

      yes, your argument seems to hold more weight when it comes to Europe. but in my adopted 2nd city of Amsterdam, more than half the residents were born to foreign-born parents, and there are large numbers of intermarriages (‘miscegenation’ in your parlance). do you propose throwing more than half the people out of Amsterdam?

      “The battle lines will be racial, and the world will explode in a season of race-based horror.”

      no, they will be finance/resource based and there will be attempts to racialize the conflicts by ideologues. (still have not seen one single pic or video of the koln attacks.)

      to reiterate: the problem is in tel aviv.

      • the problem is in tel aviv.

        this..

        • and in Kykuit.

          • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kykuit

            Is a 40-room National Trust house in Westchester County, New York, built by order of oil tycoon, capitalist and Rockefeller family patriarch John D. Rockefeller. Conceived largely by his son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and enriched by the art collection of third-generation scion, Governor of New York and Vice President of the United States, Nelson Rockefeller, it has been home to four generations of the family.

            • gossssssip:

              – During late 1946 two of Junior’s sons, John D. Rockefeller 3rd and Laurance Rockefeller, each offered their respective residences, Rockwood Hall and Fieldwood Farm, as headquarters for the then newly formed United Nations. Family patriarch Junior vetoed the proposals as too isolated from Manhattan. He tasked second son, Nelson, to buy a 6.9-hectare (17-acre) site along the East River, subsequently donated for the construction of the UN Headquarters.[8]
              – Bill Clinton, who lives just north of the estate, in Chappaqua, has taken regular runs in the State Park.[10]

              • but if you tell someone that the UN was a creation of globalists like rockerfucker then they just laugh at you..

                • The part of New York the UN is on is actually called Babylon :-
                  There are around 100 prophecies re america – here are some –
                  these are only in Revelation but other prophets write on a city and a country which can only be america the “daughter” nation of England :-

                  website “Jesus Christ – name above all names ” :-

                  Is the USA the “Babylon” of Revelation 18, marked for destruction?
                  Revelation 18 talks of a country the Bible calls “Babylon” that is destroyed by fire in “one hour” and plagued with “death, mourning and famine”. Revelation 18:8
                  Could this “Babylon” be the USA? Does it fit?
                  Revelation 18 describes the following about the Babylon mentioned:
                  (As always on this site, if you hover over Scripture verses they will POP UP.)
                  1. It is a literal place, with lots of wealth and products to sell. Rev. 18:12-13
                  2. It is a wealthy country that even sells its money (gold & silver). Rev. 18:11-12
                  3. It is a country that deceives all other countries. Rev. 18:23
                  4. It spreads its sexual immorality to other countries. Rev. 18:3
                  5. It lives in luxury. Rev. 18:7
                  6. It helps others get rich. Rev. 18:19, Rev. 18:3
                  7. It is ‘married’ to another country. Rev. 18:7
                  8. It is suddenly and utterly destroyed by fire. Rev. 18:8, Rev. 18:9-10, Rev. 18:17-18
                  9. It is responsible for many deaths. Rev. 18:24
                  Does the USA fit? Let’s go down the list one at a time.
                  It is a literal place with lots of wealth and products to sell. Rev. 18:12-13
                  Unlike the desert city of Babylon, Iraq, (map) which hasn’t sold much of anything, the USA has been a major producer. Until recently, its products were sold all over the world.
                  It is a wealthy country that even sells its money. Rev. 18:11-12, Rev. 18:3
                  The USA’s paper “Dollar” has been the world’s currency since the end of World War 2. Global trade is mostly done in “dollars”. Until recently, countries have bought lots of “dollars”. China owns about a trillion of them. LINK (That is changing. Satan’s new gold backed currency is fast approaching.)
                  It is a country that deceives all other countries. Rev. 18:23
                  Most in the USA think of ourselves as the ‘good guys’. After all, the USA is for “Liberty and Justice for all!”, right?
                  Maybe not. Let’s review USA history:
                  1. The early American Indians received little “liberty and justice”. LINK
                  2. So did lots of folks with dark skin. LINK

                  etc etc

      • “but in my adopted 2nd city of Amsterdam, more than half the residents were born to foreign-born parents, and there are large numbers of intermarriages (‘miscegenation’ in your parlance). do you propose throwing more than half the people out of Amsterdam?”

        Why not? Were the Whites not kicked out of Zimbabwe? Were they not disenfranchised & kicked out of S. Africa?

        Why are non-whites so untouchable?
        In any case, almost 82% of the Netherlands is white, and you are wrong about the census, as well, as there are many Hispanic whites from places like Cuba & Spain (& even some from Mexico, like Mitt Romney’s grandparents) that are white.
        One of Mexico’s most famous boxers, Saul Alvarez, has red hair & freckles.
        And don’t get me started on the whites that are 1/32 Cherokee and check “native Indian” on their census forms…

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