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    Swedes Revive Viking Heathenry

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    Swedes Revive “Back to the Roots” Viking Heathenry

    Ancient pagan beliefs appear to be making a comeback in Scandinavia. The Nordic Asa-Community alone has grown to over 800 members over just a few years, whereas older communities are picking up in numbers as well, the newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported. The name of the faith, Asatro, translates as allegiance to the Ęsir, a set of deities in Norse mythology.

    "It is important for us to preserve our traditions. We do not know how many of our traditions have already disappeared. They will never be able to be recreated, so it is important to ensure that nothing is left out of time, and to revive our Nordic traditions and our way of life," Stenar Sonevang of the Nordic Asa-Community told Dagens Nyheter.

    According to Sonevang, one of the founding members of the society, it was founded in 2014 and was approved as a religious community in 2016. Since then, it has grown from 50 to over 800 members. Sonevang described himself as a "seeker" who has never felt at home with either the Church of Sweden or Abrahamic religions as such, even though he was baptized as a child. Instead, he enjoyed his time in the woods most of all.

    "We started because the interest was large. Many used to sit in their cottages and hold offerings in their gardens, but there has been no organized alternative," Sonevang explained.

    By Sonevang's own admission, the ambition is to grow further.

    "There is no limit. Heaven is the limit. We shall see. Iceland was the world's largest Asatro community, but we're next largest after only four years, for all I know," Sonevang explained.

    Nordic Asa-Community chairman Håkan Ljunggren, who was introduced to Asatro by his grandfather in a bid to hold the Christian influences at bay, argued that pagans get a lot of bad publicity due to National Socialist often use to the same runes and Viking imagery. In 2017, there was a debate in Sweden on banning the Tyr rune as a "hate symbol".

    "We are excited to reach out. But it becomes surreal when you read that the Nordic Asa-Community are evil Nazis, while we only stood here and celebrated Freyja [the goddess of love, beauty and fertility] and love," Sonevang said. "Last year, there was a lot of talk about the Nordic Resistance Movement, but they are a completely independent organization. We work with Asatro and are a non-political religious community," he added.

    Sonevang argued that being proud of one's origins or traditions was not tantamount to racism, but rather was "common sense."

    Iceland, where paganism is the most popular religion after Christianity, is currently trying to get its first pagan temple in hundreds of years. The Įsatrś temple in Öskjuhlķš in Reykjavik is expected to be ready in the latter part of 2018. The Icelandic heathen community has reportedly also seen a marked growth.


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    If one was to add all the unaffiliated Heathens, not organised or registered in any of the official or inofficial Asatro Groups, you could easily add like ten thousand on top of the 800.

    And it's great to see a resistance against the wiping out of Swedish culture, whether it's "political" or not. In the long run he will have no choice to become political anyway, when he realises just how much war there is against everything Swedish. Their "culture ministress" is just one of the countless enemies within.
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    'In 2017, there was a debate in Sweden on banning the Tyr rune as a "hate symbol".'

    LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aelfgar View Post
    'In 2017, there was a debate in Sweden on banning the Tyr rune as a "hate symbol".'

    LOL
    In case you don't know about the background of that motion, the Tyr rune is the symbol of the Nordic Resistance Movement, a National Socialists organization in Scandinavia, and an active political party in Sweden. They have been involved and accused of several violent acts in the past, including some of their members being convicted (and then absolved (?)) of various bomb attacks.

    Still, it's a ridiculous motion, non the less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Žoreišar View Post
    In case you don't know about the background of that motion, the Tyr rune is the symbol of the Nordic Resistance Movement, a National Socialists organization in Scandinavia, and an active political party in Sweden. They have been involved and accused of several violent acts in the past, including some of their members being convicted (and then absolved (?)) of various bomb attacks.

    Still, it's a ridiculous motion, non the less.
    I remember seeing a TV programme about the German Nazis using that rune to mark the deaths of SS members, or something like that. I guess that is what would have inspired the NRM to use it.

    But virtually everyone outside nationalist circles (except historians) is unaware of the political uses of runes, so I see no justification in banning them.

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