Asatru For Beginners

Asatru For Beginners

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by Erin Lale
     
 

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A short, easy to read introduction to the heathen religion Asatru. Chapters: Frequently Asked Questions, History, The Gods, Other Beings, Beliefs and Morality, Rituals, The Three Kinds of Magic, and Resources. The Resources chapter includes links and a list of recommended books.

This book was written to be your very first introduction to Asatru. You don't

Overview

A short, easy to read introduction to the heathen religion Asatru. Chapters: Frequently Asked Questions, History, The Gods, Other Beings, Beliefs and Morality, Rituals, The Three Kinds of Magic, and Resources. The Resources chapter includes links and a list of recommended books.

This book was written to be your very first introduction to Asatru. You don't need any prior knowledge of paganism to understand it, and you don't need a college education to understand it either. All foreign words and unfamiliar terms are explained. Asatru For Beginners is nonsectarian, so you'll get an overview of all the different perspectives on heathenry.

Whether you're wondering if Asatru is the right path for you, want to understand an Asatruar friend, or are just interested in history or in comparative religion, this book provides a launch pad for your further exploration of heathendom.

Editorial Reviews

Adam J Niesley
I wish I had come across this book years ago. Not only is it a good read, but surprisingly short and detailed. A great crash course for anyone interested in Asatru.
Lahanna (reviewer)
I found it very informative and much of the information filled up a hole I had found a lot of information on other cultures but not Germanic. I found I had assumed things were Celtic in origin that were not... Easy to read and very informative.
Literata (reviewer)
Lale moderated an MSN Group for Asatruar for several years, and the book grew out of the FAQ and resources for that group. ...[U]seful for someone who has a foundation in Asatru and wants to see what the collective documents of a group of Asatruar look like. Reading the book, I think I get a sense of what a lot of the conversations on the list must have looked like to come to these mostly-consensus positions.
RA Meeks
Lale boils down information that is digestible, direct, and clear to newcomers, those casually interested in Asatru, or those on the Northern Path who have friends or relatives with whom they'd like to share more about their path but may not be sure where or how to start... She does it all carefully, succinctly, and thoroughly in a very brief space...This is truly a remarkable accomplishment.
Scott Mohnkern
The author started off by defining a few basic terms like pagan, Asatru, etc. This really was a book designed for someone that had no exposure to the pagan religions. She did an excellent analysis of the Universalist Vs. Folkish analysis, and didn't judge either side.

...All in all it's an excellent analysis of both the creation myth and the history of the religion...

An excellent work, and one that is now in my library as reference.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011883262
Publisher:
Magicalrealist Gallery
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
539,388
File size:
54 KB

Meet the Author

Erin Lale has been a gythia, meaning priestess, of Asatru since 1989. She published and edited Berserkrgangr Magazine in the 90s, was the manager of the MSN Asatru Group in the aughts, and her popular Rune Seminar is available as a VOD.

Lale shares her Nevada home with her mother, Meta, her Bengal, Beni-Wan Cat-Obi, a Silverado named The Warhoop Wagon, two drums named Grandmother Elk and Mr. Hairy Goat, and an invisible garden gnome who prefers not to be named. They all share this space with a garden of woefully inadequate size, altogether too many kitchen gadgets, and a fabric stash that is busily proving the Theory of Spontaneous Generation.

Lale was the Oakes valedictorian of UC-Santa Cruz in 1990, where she got a B.A. in Soviet Political Analysis. She won the Double Ruby award from the National Forensic League, wrote for The Sonoma Index-Tribune, owned The Science Fiction Store in Las Vegas, served on the Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Advisory Board, was the founding Chairman of City Lights Artists' Co-op, owned Magicalrealist Gallery while working as an alarm dispatcher and a techsupport rep, became the world's most prominent contemporary sunprint artist, and ran for Nevada State Assembly.

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Asatru For Beginners 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A perfect lead into the faith. Covers the basics assuming the reader is totally unfamilar with the topics presented. The book provides just enough of a foundation to begin. Good intoductory read.
James_Smith More than 1 year ago
The book was an easy read with a lot of great information about Asatru history as well as their belief system. Rather you are interested in possibly becoming an Asatruar yourself, or have a friend/family member who is walking this path, it is an excellent source of beginner knowledge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author's personal political beliefs run rampant in this book. Her libertarian, anti-government stance interfers with her ability to present information on modern asatru. She also interprets several of the myths and stories in unusual ways and does not even mention alternative, more common interpretations and views. She comes across as a know-it-all, which is not the Norse way I was taught. I would recommend you avoid this book.
rich6973 More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I have a much better understanding of Asatru. If answered several questions I have had about Asatru. I recommend this book for any one seeking basis information about Asatru.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grate wording and good lay out .
bluehufsa More than 1 year ago
This book is easy to read and understand,helpful to the ones interested in knowing more about Asatru.An excellent and entertaining read,covering the basics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was meant for the new comer to Asatru, and is easy to read. It's especially good at explaining the rituals as well as a general back ground of the gods, goddesses, legends and cosmology.
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as very disappointed. The Historical section of this book is biased and poorly written. I would not recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a joke. At one point, she talks about killing dragons and eating it's heart to consume it's power? If you're looking to ACTUALLY learn something about Asatru, you're better off reading something else. This book is trash, don't waste your time.