Thursday, February 12, 2015

Iceland to Build First Temple to Norse Gods in 1,000 Years

By Rueters
The high priest of the Asatru Association Hilmarsson leads a procession of Asatru Association at Pingblot Photo: Reuters
ICELAND---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. 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. [link]

Thor’s Got A New House: Iceland Is Building the First Temples To Norse Gods They’ve Had In A Millennium