What is Norse Paganism?

Norse Paganism is a contemporary spirituality inspired by the practices, customs, and beliefs of the ancient Norse people. It’s a subcategory of another spiritual movement called “Heathenry.” Norse Paganism is sometimes referred to by other names, such as Norse Heathenry, Ásatrú, and Forn Sidr/Forn Sed.

What is Heathenry?

Heathenry, or Heathenism, is a modern neo-pagan spiritual movement informed by the folkloric practices, customs, beliefs, and worldviews of pre-Christian Northern European civilizations. People who practice Heathenry are known as “Heathens.” Some forms of Heathenry include Norse Pagan Heathenry, Anglo-Saxon Heathenry, Germanic (Teutonic) Heathenry, and Slavic Heathenry.

In everyday settings, “heathen” typically means “heretic” or “non-Christian.” But for the context of this website, this word describes a practitioner of one of these spiritualities.

How do you practice Norse Heathenry?

Many people start a practice by learning about Norse mythology and the Norse gods, but ultimately there’s more to this spirituality than that. Due to Norse Heathenry’s nature, there’s no universal or “more accurate” way to practice it. Oftentimes, people practice this spirituality in whatever way suits them.

However, all iterations of Norse Heathenry share the same components. Learning about these components will help you better understand what goes into this practice.

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