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Anyone can practise the heathen Ásatrú

By Sara McMahon

  • Built on repect The ásatrú faith is based on tolerance, honesty, honour, and respect for nature. Photo/Stefán

Q: Can foreign citizens become members of the Icelandic Ásatrú Association?

A: Only foreign citizens with domicile in Iceland can become members of the Ásatrúarfélag, but anyone can practise ásatrú, regardless of their nationality or residence. The faith is based on tolerance, honesty, honour, respect for nature and the belief that every man is responsible for his own actions.

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According to information from Jóhanna Harðardóttir, Kjalnesingargoði, a large number of visitors come to Iceland to get married in accordance to ástrú. The Ásatrú Association has legal authority to conduct ceremonies such as marriages, name-givings, and burials.

The association welcomes visitors to weekly meetings every Saturday between 2pm and 4pm, and will gladly answer questions regarding ástatrú. These meetings have been attended by people from Europe, the United States, Canda, Australia and Africa. 

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