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The Nature Of Asatru

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2006

    Not an Objective Look into Asatru

    I bought this book with an open mind, but found myself disappointed. First, 'the Norroena Society Presents' is a misleading comment, suggesting the very same organization that issued the very impressive 15-v. 'Anglo Saxon Classics' a century ago- it isn't. These folks merely have taken the name. Getting into the book itself, it is written in a good style, but isn't objective. Rather, it is merely one man's opinion. Statements such as 'no one can claim to be an authority on our path, since we have the freedom to accept or reject any idea or tradition' invalidates the very work of those diligent researchers who *are* rightful authorities on Germanic religion. So too, such an attitude suggests something more of a 'make up the religion as you go along' sort of mentality that would leave Asatru at the same level of other less- or non-rooted 'neo-pagan' religions or would-be religions. The concepts of 'Helthing' and 'Runelaw' are interesting, but not (historically) founded, remaining a creation of the author, rather than something attested in historical sources.. Rune-names presented in the text as 'Gothic' are actually based on Indo-European, rather than Gothic, proper: Laguz for Laaz (as preserved in the Salzburg manuscript), based on lagus Fehu instead of Faihu Tiwaz instead of Tyz (Sal.), based on Teiws (or even tius, as Grienberger suggests) Dagaz instead of Daaz (Sal.) or Dags, just to name a few. For the price paid and expectations, I am thoroughly disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    Long overdue

    I have no hesitation in recommending this overdue introduction to the Northern European indigenous religion of Asatru (otherwise known as Odinism). Anyone who has ever wondered why contemporary people of Nordic ancestry are attracted to the spiritual path of their forebears will find this book to be accessibly written but intellectually sound, honest but compassionate, and folkish in the most morally-positive way. Unfortunately, most academic treatments of this topic tend to subject our ancestral spirituality to modes of enquiry that are unhelpful - such as Marxist, feminist and various post-modern approaches. Meanwhile, New Age books on the subject often tend to misrepresent it entirely. Mark Puryear explains the Nordic religious tradition with the patience of a true believer who wants only to explain his faith. My one hesitation in giving this book five stars is that there are some word-processing errors. They are irritating but not important, and no doubt they will be corrected in future editions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    An Excellent Introduction That Is Also Fresh

    Many books deal eith the religion of Asatru. Many of these books don't really consider ethics, morality or values as an integral part of this spirituality. It is wondrrful to have a conservative look on our path, remaining true to the ancestors, yet not be "preachy" about anything! If the reader wants a fresh, different viewpoint on Asatru, then the seeker has found a jewel! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    A must read!

    I just finished my copy, and I ended up immediately flipping back to the front to read it all over again once I was done.. because it was such a great read! This book has changed who I am: I feel refreshed and re-awakened. I want to experience it all over again! Please don't deprive yourself of this wonderful piece of work as I believe it should be required reading for ANYONE interested in tribal religions, and of course specifically Asatru. But the most important thing is to get you thinking, and this book.. with its smooth flow and well presented theories.. WILL get you thinking! I believe this book is going to be REVOLUTIONARY in the Asatru re-awakening, so please, pick up a copy today! Trust me... you won't regret it!

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