When Steve McNallen pledged his loyalty to the Gods and Goddesses of Northern Europe in the late 1960s, he could have hardly imagined the far-reaching implications of this personal act of devotion. Now, over forty years later, Asatru (an Icelandic word that means true to the Gods) is one of the fastest growing new religious movements in America. In Asatru: A Native European Spirituality, McNallen describes the origins and development of Asatru, its kinship with other tribal and ethnic religions, and the cosmological and philosophical underpinnings of this dynamic and inspiring faith. He outlines the rituals, seasonal festivals, and code of ethics embraced by modern practitioners of Asatru. More importantly, McNallen explains his vision of what Asatru can and must become. Asatru is more than just another empty offering on the spiritual smorgasbord of post-religious America. For men and women of European descent, Asatru is the key to unlocking our vibrant spiritual heritage.
Years in the making, this book represents the distillation of a lifetime of work by the most significant single figure in the history of the revival of the Norse Gods and Goddesses in modern America. Any and all who are interested in the tribal religion of our ancestors need to have this book in their libraries. —Edred Thorsson, author of ALU: An Advanced Guide to Operative Runology
Stephen McNallen is known to all followers of the Northern Tradition as a stalwart upholder of Asatru of many years standing. This book is his compelling vision of the ancient northern spiritual tradition, a fine introduction to Asatru for all followers of the old Gods and seekers after spiritual enlightenment. —Nigel Pennick, author of Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition: Customs, Rites, and Ceremonies
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