Lesson Two: Heathen History

Readings

Select one of the following introductory guides:

Practical Heathen’s Guide to Ásatrú

  • Two: A Brief History

Essential Asatru

  • Before History: The First Heathens
  • Barbarians at the Gates: The Great Migrations
  • From Vikings to Vinland
  • The Roots of Revival

 

Questions and Exercises:

  1. Who were the Indo-Europeans? Why are they important to heathens and their history?
  2. What do we know about the Germanic peoples in the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and Classical Antiquity (the time of the Greeks and the early Romans)? What can we determine about their religion?
  3. What was the Migration Age? Where did the different Germanic tribes settle in and around the Roman Empire?
  4. Who were the Vikings? Why are they important to heathens and their history?
  5. When and why did the different Germanic peoples convert to Christianity? How does the long Christian period continue to affect our religion today?

Heathen Essentials Index

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