Yoo hoo, Francis: Take a Peek at Reykjavik’s Pagan Revival. (Yeah, right!)

From Reuters

Reuters in Reykjavik

Monday 2 February 2015 10.54 EST

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High priest Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson and fellow members of the Asatru Association attend a ceremony at the Pingvellir National Park near Reykjavik.

Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island’s first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.

Worship of the gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago but a modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in Iceland.

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[Note the satanic inverted cross on the male signer and the devil’s on the female]

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“I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet,” said Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, high priest of Ásatrúarfélagið, an association that promotes faith in the Norse gods.

“We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.”

Membership in Asatruarfelagid has tripled in Iceland in the last decade to 2,400 members last year, out of a total population of 330,000, data from Statistics Iceland showed.

The temple will be circular and will be dug 4 metres (13ft) down into a hill overlooking the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, with a dome on top to let in the sunlight.

“The sun changes with the seasons so we are in a way having the sun paint the space for us,” Hilmarsson said.

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The temple will host ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. The group will also confer names to children and initiate teenagers, similar to other religious communities.

Iceland’s neo-pagans still celebrate the ancient sacrificial ritual of Blot with music, reading, eating and drinking, but nowadays leave out the slaughter of animals.

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3 comments on “Yoo hoo, Francis: Take a Peek at Reykjavik’s Pagan Revival. (Yeah, right!)

  1. It is my understanding that marriage is literally a non-institution in Iceland since there are no cultural (especially religious) sanctions against open bastardy.

    Children are simply named patronymically, if the “biological” father is even identified, that is.

    Although, the trout fishing there is to die for, I also read.

    Anyway, I’m not holding my breath for any breaking announcements from sunny Nuovo Roma on this one…

  2. The honor code in Norway was fierce, expensive, destructive, and affected Europe most unfortunately by restricting trade (piracy went along with the honor code as men were exiled for not paying or not complying with other consequences of the code, and took to crime). I wonder if a rebirth of that code will accompany the old gods?

    If you would like to have a fair look at life in Norway before Christianity, I wish you would get Sigred Undset’s Gunnar’s Daughter. A woman with a nursing child revenges the ambush of her father by killing his murderers in their beds, and then flees to the protection of the crown in a blizzard on cross country skis with the child at her breast. Undset’s father was an archeologist, she his assistant, and the details are reliably accurate, and the portrait of Norway under the old gods very startling, and disturbing. Just hope Norway is ready for that, again. This re-paganization of Europe is wide-spread, and accompanied by fascism in its many presentations.

  3. Yes, Jan. The Fascist (or neo-fascist) element is disturbingly present in Europe and America, even among some “trad” bloggers on ultra-far-right sites, I’ve noticed.

    Such individuals, when I’ve confronted them, are irrationally hostile and betray their own deceitfulness rather easily as they actually infiltrate traditionalist websites.

    The pagans are on the rise and for the present moment, the fascists are using them as a false flag for their own diabolical intentions.

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