Lesson One: What is a Heathen?



  • Select one of the following introductory guides:
  • Essential Ásatrú, either edition
    • Prologue: Feasting the Gods at Raven Hammer Hall
  • Our Troth, third edition.

Volume 2: Chapter One: The Gods and Goddesses of the Troth

  • A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Ásatrú
    • One: An Introduction to Heathenry
  • The Way of Fire and Ice.
    • Chapter One: What is the Way of Fire and Ice?


Questions and Exercises:

1) How do you define “heathen”? What, for you, is the core of the religion?

2) What are the other names for heathens and heathenry? Where do they originate, what do they mean, and who uses them?

3) Have you attended a heathen ritual? What happened in it? Was it like or unlike the rituals described in your guide? How did it make you feel?

4) What attracted you to heathenry? Were you “recruited” by a god, goddess, or spirit? Were you interested in a historically heathen people, such as the Norse or the Anglo-Saxons?

Heathen Essentials Index