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    Iceland Is Officially Worshiping Norse Gods Again

    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....

    Iceland's Norse temple will host official ceremonies like weddings and funerals and be dug 13 feet down into a hill that overlooks Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.
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    Iceland is my favorite country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    Iceland is my favorite country.
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    I don't worship the norse/germanic Gods. I communicate with them and I see them in what happens around me.

    I see them in many acts.

    If they wanted to be worshipped they are at the wrong address with me. Respect is what I give them and friendship and welcome.
    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    Unfortunately it seems this is all being done in a very Americanised PC, racially inclusive and LGBT 'Asatru' way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renownedwolf View Post
    Unfortunately it seems this is all being done in a very Americanised PC, racially inclusive and LGBT 'Asatru' way.
    With the exception of a few, most people in America that follow Asatru are folkish and are not racially inclusive or LGBT in any way. Most keep to themselves and view the gods as their ancestors. While personally I don't follow what the larger organizations are doing lately, they are folkish though.

    I really can't form an opinion on this yet as it is really not off the ground, however at least people are starting to pay attention to the old gods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocko View Post
    If they wanted to be worshipped they are at the wrong address with me. Respect is what I give them and friendship and welcome.
    How very post-modern of you!

    Quote Originally Posted by SpearBrave
    With the exception of a few, most people in America that follow Asatru are folkish and are not racially inclusive or LGBT in any way. Most keep to themselves and view the gods as their ancestors. While personally I don't follow what the larger organizations are doing lately, they are folkish though.
    I do have the impression that in the US paganism is much more a racialist movement than in Europe and that it isn't really a problem to be a folkish pagan there. In Europe on the other hand, pagan groups are much more careful, mostly emphasizing that they are not folkish at all (which they mostly aren't anyway).

    As to the situation in Iceland; I can't take them seriously unfortunately when even the Allsherjargodi says that the Gods are metaphors and when they mary gay couples just as well. I think the German Allsherjargode Von Neményi (Germanische Glaubensgemeinschaft) criticized them for their gay marriage as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernhard View Post
    How very post-modern of you!
    I feel myself part of the whole which includes the Gods. I am not separate from God, like Christians. My world is full to the brim with spirits and not dark, empty and cold like for materialists.

    To live by the Rita is being heathen. To life by Jew-invented PC is not being heathen, as that is not part of the Rita, in contrast, PC was invented to destroy the Rita. (Christianity too)

    It seems that 'heathen' is a pretty undefinable term. there is no 'heathen' and in this sense there never was a 'heathen'. People in the past had their own relationships to the Gods and some also believed they are just hoaxes.

    From my point of view it is to enter spiritual reality and find the beings which are positive about myself, my family and my people.

    We live in a different time, with technology developed beyond what was thought possible 100 years ago. We cannot have the old heathenism which was closely related to agriculture, war, justice, art and so on.

    We have to redefine heathenism so it is suitable to modern time. but a developement is something different than a deterioration process. PC believes they are the avantgarde of morality and ethics and don't realize that it is based on the concoction of non-aryan people (aka Jews). That is not the way to go.

    How to connect ancient heathenism to modern life is an open question to me. The way our ancestors found and made a culture out of it, which is not suitable to todays circumstances.

    To reconnect to the Gods is an imperative and one has to start there. I do not think that the core-values, honor, honesty, courage etc are in the question, but how to 'worship' (or better have a formal way to connect to the Gods and give thanks and ask for favors) is open to me. I feel the old rituals are not working for me and I do not have new ones.
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    According to an Icelandic friend, they never really stopped.

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    They might as well be worshipping the flying spaghetti monster because it will have nothing to do with paganism. It's not just about modern neopaganism being cringeworthy new age hippie territory, it's about paganism being completely incompatible with modern, left-wing ideals. Ancestral worship is a central component of any pagan practice, without that, i.e. "racism" and tribalism, it is worthless. The natural process of marriage and childbirth and the immortality gained in producing a shared genetic legacy is another central component, so gay marriage has no place in it either. I don't care if gays want to get married really, but don't pretend it's paganism.

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