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Publisher's Summary

In Essential Asatru, renowned author and priestess Diana Paxson demystifies an ancient, rich, and often misunderstood religion, and offers a practical guide for its modern followers.

Filled with clear, concise instructions on living Asatru every day, this truly accessible guide takes you on a journey from Asatru's origins in Scandinavian and German paganism to its recognition as an official religion in the 1970s and its widespread acceptance today.

Essential Asatru also includes:

  • A complete history of Asatru gods and goddesses, including Odin, Thor, and Ostara
  • The life values, such as honor, truth, fidelity, and hospitality, that shape Asatru's tenets
  • Indispensable information on rituals, rune casting, ethics, and divination

Essential Asatru is an elegant and splendid introduction to a centuries-old religion that continues to enrich and fascinate its followers today.

©2006 Diana L. Paxson (P)2021 Tantor
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A most excellent introduction

Paxson lives up to her reputation in Essential Asatru with honest perspectives and thorough information that doesn't become tedious and exhaustive. She refers to her own book as an introduction, but it really goes above and beyond that in several parts.

I also found Ann Richardson to be one of the most pleasant narrators I've ever heard. Her voice is lovely and she is extremely conversational - by that I mean that it doesn't sound like she's reading from the page, but instead knows the material well enough to sound perfectly natural.

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Very Helpful and fun!

If you are interested in norse paganism or Ásatrú, this book is a great starting point. It goes through all of the basics, including the history of the religion, descriptions of the gods and goddesses, magic, prayer, etc. If you are wanting to learn more about norse paganism, this is the book for you.

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