Keywords: Modern Ritual

The Background and Nature of the Annual and Occasional Rituals of the Ásatrúarfélag in Iceland

 
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Abstract. This paper is largely based on interviews which were taken with Jörmundur Ingi Hansen, and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, the last two allsherjagoðar (high priests) of the Icelandic Ásatrúarfélag (a society which involves the active worship of the Old Nordic gods). The interviews focused on the nature and background of the rituals and prayers used […]

A Springtime Procession: Reconstructing an Ancient Practice for Today’s Heathen

 
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The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. —Meister Eckhart  As a heathen, I pondered for many years the question of how to reconstruct old or construct new practices for today In Chapter 40 of his Germania,[1] Tacitus tells of a number of Germanic tribes who shared a common […]