Asatru

Asatru Gods

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Definition: Asatru Gods
Polytheistic, Norse gods and goddesses, Norse creation myths.

The four main deities in Germanic religion and Asatru are:

  • Odin (Germanic Woden) - god of magic, poetry, riches and the dead; ruler of Valhalla (gave his name to Wednesday)
  • Thor - sky god who wields a hammer, controls the weather, and protects the law and the community (gave his name to Thursday)
  • Freyr - fertility god represented with a phallic statue and seen as the founder of the Swedish royal dynasty
  • Freyja - fertility goddess of love and beauty, sister of Freyr, known by many names (including Frigg, Odin's wife and patron of families, who gave her name to Friday)

Other Asatru deities:

  • Njord - father of Freyr and Freyja, god of ships, sea and lakes
  • Tyr (Germanic Tiu) - god of battle, sacrifice, and justice (gave his name to Tuesday)
  • Ullr - god of death, winter, and hunting
  • Loki - the trickster

Sources

  1. Hinnells, John R. (ed.), Penguin Dictionary of Religions (London: Penguin Books, 1997).
  2. Polomé, Edgar Charles; E.O.G. Turville-Petre. “Germanic religion and mythology.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
  3. “Iceland.” Barrett, David B., George Thomas Kurian, and Todd M. Johnson (eds.), The World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World (Oxford University Press).
  4. Rev. Patrick "Jordsvin" Buck. “Asatru, An Ancient Religion Reborn.” Irminsul Ættir.

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Title Asatru Gods
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MLA Citation “Asatru Gods.” ReligionFacts.com. 28 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021. <religionfacts.com/asatru/gods>