No national statistics are kept on how many inmates follow Asatru. But experts say its popularity enjoyed a boost from the Supreme Court, which last year sided with an Asatru inmate by upholding a federal law requiring state prisons to accommodate prisoners' religious affiliations. Asatru is often associated with white supremacy, although most Asatru leaders bristle at suggestions of such a relationship.
A FBI report on domestic terrorism described Odinism as a "white supremacist ideology that lends itself to violence. Such comments are typical of those who don't understand Asatru, said Jane Ruck, who runs the National Prison Kindred Alliance and ministers to Asatru inmates. White supremacists make up only a small portion of Asatruars, and most inmates who follow the religion do not use it to push hate-filled, violent agendas, she said.
The two terms can be used interchangeably. There have been trends amongst those who call themselves Odinist, and there have been trends amongst those who identify as Asatruar.
These trends have over time been common to both camps. Yet there are white supremacists and radical leftists in both camps. Just as there have been unaversalists, tribalists, and folkists in both camps. I don't mind being referred to as an Odinist, although if I had to opt for one of the two terms I would probably opt for the term 'Asatruar' and for the simple reason that for me the term Odinist places a little too much emphasis on one single deity. I personally wouldn't say that my faith is all about Odinn anymore than I would say that The Magnificent Seven is all about the character who was played by Yul Brynner.
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I worship more than one God and it is for this reason alone that I prefer the term Asatru over Odinism, though I recognise both terms as valid. Briain Campbell-Hart. Many people think the words are interchangeable. They are not.
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First, there are many more difference between Odinism and Asatru than just ten, but top ten lists are very popular today. I could have written difference, but I want to get this list out before next year. This is just to show folks a few of the differences between these two religions. First, Asatru and Odinism seem to be the same thing to outsiders just as Christianity and Islam seem to be the same religion to many Heathens. But people on the inside see great differences. Here are ten differences I will just pull off the top of my head. I have no idea what the ten will be. They will be in no order I am guessing, but who knows.
They will be merely the first ten differences to come to mind. Some really big differences may not make my top ten list. Well, here are ten differences between Odinism and Asatru. Modernism vs. Asatru and other sects of Heathendom wish to reconstruct the old Heathen religion, so they can practice it like our ancestors did and bring it into the modern world by studying the Eddas, Sagas, folklore, and books on Norse Myths.
Odinists believe that the past is a good place to do research, but Odinism is a religion of the here and now. We do not put as much importance in studying and reconstructing the past. The Gods are living being that are alive today. We can contact the Gods here today, so if we can contact our Gods directly and find out from them what they want today; how is studying books on myths more important than direct contact? So, studying the Vikings, Goths, etc.
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They were written by Christians, not Heathens. This point was too long. The rest should be shorter I hope. Asatru people often dress up like Vikings, Saxons etc.
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They try to make blottir look like something out of the middle ages. Odinists do blottir in modern dress and speak modern languages to the Gods. The Gods are Gods. They are smart enough to learn a new language. Asatru is a catch all. Asatru can mean anything from a front to a homosexual pedophile sports club like Stephen Cox and the creepy Jarls of Balder tried to set up in the U.
Asatru means too much to too many people to really mean anything. It is a catch-all word. Odinism, like Theodism, means something very defined. Our relations with the Gods. Odinists put extreme importance on the God Odin and his wife Frigga.
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Asatru people put a lot less importance on Odin and Frigga. Odinists believe Odin is the ultimate Godhead. Asatru people do not. Sigi Harrbard said in his book that all the Gods and Goddesses of the Folk are really just masks of Odin. Odinism can sound like monotheism, but it mostly is not. Odinism believes the Gods are living being that can be contacted here and now.
Personal relationship with the Gods is more important than studying books. Odinists believe Odin is the God-King of our Folk. He always was and always will be King. Odin was the Alfather over billion zillion big bangs and multi-verse creations and deaths before the big bang that created our own multi-verse, as well as, Odin will be the Alfather of every new multi-verse created and destroyed after ours ends: on to a billion eternities.
Some Asatru people believe this atheist crap that some non-Heathen mythologist created without any proof that Tyr was the first Alfather.
If this was true, it would mean the entire Heathen faith was untrue and nothing more than a collection of myths and folklore as some in Asatru teach. Odinism is a religion, not a study of Norse mythology. Odin is God eternal. Folk, race, and politics. Asatru people debate Folkish Vs Universal. I have been an Odinist since I never met one single Odinist who was a universalist. All Odinists believe Odinism is not for export and is a uniquely Caucasian religion. Odinism is like Islam; it is a total worldview. Odinism is a religious, spiritual, economic, social, and political movement, and Asatru is just a religion.
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