Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism
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.
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...more
In any case, I didn't read it for a history of the peoples of the region. I read it for an overview of the northern tradition, and that's what I got. I would have appreciated more depth, but as a foundational read, it was fairly good.
I also could have asked for more information about daily practices. Some...more
Pros - Awesome amount of histories about Norse Paganism and the Vikings. Gives the most detailed history of any book I've read so far, so yay for that.
Cons - Very biased. I would suggest any Lokean to stop reading after page 52 because you will find yourself angry. Great detail is given on the major Gods/Goddesses (even including Hella and Fenris, Loki's children). Talking about myths they are associated with, runes they're associated with, days of the weeks, symbolisms, etc. Bu...more
Along with the exponetnial growth of Wicca and Neo Paganism there has been an upsurge of interest in the Norse Gods and their mythology. Those that follow the Norse ways are often identified as heathens. Heathen do their best to reconstruct rituals from Norse sources such as the Edda and the Younger Edda. Diana Paxson give forth a great over view for the newcomer and a good refresher for someone more advanced in their studies. Hence it also makes a great reference.
Europe has had the same populat...more
The first half is history heavy, which can be a little dry. However, I found her points that the Northern people traveled to various places to be a stark contrast to the "only Northern (i.e. white) peoples can practice" ideals that are (unfortunately) associated with the religion.
The second half is about the Gods...more
Asatru is the pagan path that follows Norse tradition. For laypersons, this means Odin, Thor, Loki, their stories and their kin. Ask any pagan their views on Asatru and you'll get mixed responses. While many people, especially men, find their spiritual home as followers of the Asgardians, it's also been adopted by hateful, racist sects. Asatru, however, is not a racist belief system, in fact it's one of the few ancient paths that holds men and women equal....more
This book is definitely meant to be an introduct...more
But I did really enjoy the story continuing through each chapter. That seemed like a nice illustration of a theoretical working group. The part when we got to the actual faith was (to me) far more interesting than the history. (But that might also be because I'm not Asatru, and have no interest in following the heathen gods. I'm happy being an animist.)
I thought the chapt...more
In addition to her multiple novels and collaborations, she has written over...more