We are still a new community and organization so the questions we can answer for you at this time are limited. We will continue to build our FAQ’s page as we grow and develop our community. But we won’t be able to do so alone. Every FAQ you see here has been submitted by the Old Norse Paganism team as of the date of this publishing. However, we do encourage you to submit your questions to our FAQ’s page via email.
What is Old Norse Paganism?
There are two answers to this FAQ. So I’ll start with the traditional answer in regards to what is old Norse paganism the religion?
By traditional means, Old Norse Paganism is an Old Norse religion, commonly known as Norse paganism, for a branch of Germanic religion that was developed during the Proto-Norse period when the North Germanic people separated into a very distinct branch of the Germanic peoples. It was replaced by Christianity during the Christianization of Scandinavia.
Now moving on to the question of what is Old Norse Paganism the organization?
We are a community of Norse practitioners that have come together to create a healthy environment, community, place of praise, and worship of the Norse gods, for likeminded individuals. As a company or organization, we are a nonprofit trying to help educate and inform the general public as well as support those like-minded members through education and by providing the tools to make it easier for them.
How old is Old Norse Paganism?
Once again there is a two-part answer to this frequently asked question. So once again I’ll start with the religious answer,
There is no definitive answer to this question, however, there are a number of sources on the web that estimate it to have started between 400 and 500 BCE making it approximately 2,500 years old.
Now as for Old Norse Paganism the company we launched initially as a Facebook group in 2019. with the creation of this website in early 2020. We wanted to make a transition to a website because we got tired of playing by Facebook’s rules and consistently getting content removed and dealing with whacks from the FB Hammer.
So at the time of writing this website and page, we are less than 6 months old.
Where is Old Norse Paganism located?
We are a digital entity. We have no offices outside those located in the team’s homes, but no place for anyone to publicly show up and have a horn of ale or mead with.
The best way to get in touch with us is to visit the Contact Us page, there are 3 ways to get in touch with us on the contact us page. One, send an email to the specific department you need to speak with. Two send an email straight one our amazing team members and volunteers. And three would be to complete a general contact form that will go to our general inbox and then be forwarded to the correct person and or department. Alternatively, you can send a general email using the button in the footer or call our number as it too is listed in the footer to reach out to us.
How can I help Old Norse Paganism?
There are a number of ways to help us to continue to grow and educate others about Norse. Please visit our Get Involved page for all the methods of help we can and are looking for as well as the details for each method.
Is Norse appropriate for children?
According to author Neil Gaiman, “Absolutely appropriate. I wanted it to be a book adults would like and children could enjoy.”.
Additionally, there are numerous books available for both adults and children all showing that there is no age limit or restrictions for who can or can’t study or be a part of the Norse religion, and culture.
If you know anything about Norse then you should also know that while the Norse were considered Heathens there is and was a very stringent set of morals and values that guided the Norse every day in the decisions they made. Some of them included Honor, Integrity, loyalty, respect, and several more. So Id ask you wouldn’t you want your children to grow up with those morals and values?
Does Norse as a religion have a Bible?
First, let me clarify something here. Norse religion refers to the religious beliefs and practices of pre-Christian Scandinavia, especially during the Viking era (7th -11th Centuries). It is also as known as Germanic paganism, Germanic religion, or Norse mythology.
Neither ancient Norse religion nor modern Asatru is predominantly text-based, but Norse myths are beautifully preserved in two Icelandic epics called the Eddas.
Both Eddas can be found in the Library.
What are some Norse Beliefs?
The Viking Gods
The Norse believed are lots of gods who lived in a place called Asgard. Each one was responsible for a different thing, like war, travel, or home. In stories, the gods were not perfect. They had human qualities and weaknesses such as jealousy and greed.
The Norse were very skilled craftsmen, meaning that craftsmanship meant a lot to them. Due to crafting, the Vikings could make heaps of things made out of stone, wood, and metal that would lead them to success in battle. Not only that but crafting made people work for their families and help them survive through their daily lives. Many of the beautiful objects were not made by specialist artists, but by ordinary people as their daily job.
What are or were some common Norse practices?
Primarily religious rituals in Norse religion appears to have been a sacrifice, or blot, several sagas, and even the Eddas make references to sacrifices.
The Saga of Hakon the Good stated there were obligatory blots. Ata blot animals were slaughtered and their blood, called blot, sprinkled on the alters, themselves and friends and family as well as inside and out on walls of the chosen temple(s).
There was also ritualistic toast that was consumed for the sacrificial feasts that came after such a ritual.
What books/magazines should I read?
There are many, many good books on Norse Paganism (and quite a few bad ones), and different bibliographies are available on the Internet. But the best book to read getting started would be the Havamal and the Volsunga Saga. This is not a how-to book; it’s a comprehensive kind of a guide for the basis of Norse paganism.
How do I become Norse Pagan?
There isn’t a ritual or induction like some in some religions. If you feel called by the Norse Gods and choose to deepen that calling and religion, you are Norse Pagan.
What is the best way to learn more about Norse Paganism and the Gods?
Read, study, and read some more! Some books that we here at O.N.P. recommend starting with are the Poetic and Prose Eddas. The truth is we all are still learning. There are plenty of free resources online as well.
How can I honor the Gods?
We can honor the Gods in everything we do! Try to live out the Nine Noble Virtues (a simple google search will tell you what those are) in all you do. If you’re looking for a way to connect with the Gods or to deepen a connection, we recommend learning to still your mind. Get out in nature if you’re able.
My family isn’t Norse Pagan, how can I still show my faith?
Faith in any religion is deeply personal to each individual. And while we here at O.N.P. will never counsel minors to go against your parents, we also understand we don’t live in a perfect world. If you are Norse, you are Norse. You needn’t buy a ton of things covered in ravens or Mjölnir. Who you pray to in your heart and mind, is between you and the God of your choosing.
To Submit your Question
You can either send an email directly using our Contact us page to community Services with your FAQ submission. Or you can use the form below.