Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism by Diana L. Paxson
In Essential Asatru, renowned author and priestess Diana Paxson demystifies an ancient, rich, and often misunderstood religion, and offers a practical guide for its modern followers.
A Journey to Fulfillment and Renewal
Filled with clear, concise instructions on living Asatru every day, this truly accessible guide takes you on a journey from Asatru’s origins in Scandinavian and German paganism to its recognition as an official religion in the 1970s and its widespread acceptance today.
Essential Asatru also includes:
· A complete history of Asatru gods and goddesses, including Odin, Thor, and Ostara
· The life values, such as honor, truth, fidelity, and hospitality, that shape Asatru’s tenets
· Indispensable information on rituals, rune casting, ethics, and divination
Essential Asatru is an elegant and splendid introduction to a centuries-old religion that continues to enrich and fascinate its followers today.
Praise for Essential Asatru
“This mainstreamed book on Asatru offers a thorough grounding in both history and the present and shows how those values—the true heart of any religion—are expressed in the lives of its faithful. This book is recommended for personal education, library shelves, and world religion classes.”
“A solid and thorough yet concise introduction to the religion, its history, the gods and goddesses, and the basics of modern practice.”