What We Believe:

The Raven Kindred Principles of Asatru

We believe in the Gods of the North. The Aesir and Vanir are real and true deities with individual minds, wants, desires, and existence who care for mankind, for their "folk" (i.e. those who worship them), and for the world in general.

We believe in the Eddas and myths as inspired religious literature. While we acknowledge that they are not necessarily literal accounts of physical events, they are nonetheless true in a religious sense and deserve our attention and respect.

We believe in right and wrong and seek always to stand with the Aesir and Vanir against those who would do evil. We believe in Troth and loyalty: to the Gods, to each other as kinsmen, and to the ancient traditions of our folk.

We believe that Asatru is a tribalist faith (the Folk of Asgard), but that the Gods call those who they will to join our Folk, and we will not gainsay Their choice on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, or sexual preference.

We believe in the evolution of our religion, but ever in memory that the ancient traditions of the Asatru should be followed and learned from, and never discarded without long thought and deep prayer.

We believe in living an honorable and virtuous life in the ways of the Gods. We accept as our guide the nine virtues: Courage, Truth, Honor, Fidelity, Discipline, Hospitality, Industriousness, Self-Reliance, Perserverence.

We believe in striving ever for excellence in all aspects of our lives.

We believe in the rights of humankind to speak, act, and worship as they will. We believe that the oppression of the human spirit is the greatest crime and that the Gods seek us as companions and followers, but never as slaves or servants.

We believe that each man or woman can seek their own troth with the Gods. While we recognize Gothar as teachers and persons of close relationship with the Gods, no personıs relationship with the Gods is dependent on another humanıs intervention or help.

We believe in making decisions by fair and democratic means and reject autocracy and dictatorship religiously, socially, politically, and personally.

We believe in the rights of others, not of the Asafolk, to worship their Gods as they see fit and we leave others to their own faith.

We believe in the future of Asatru as a legitimate religion and pledge ourselves to work towards its acceptance as one of the mainline faiths of our nation and world.

To these beliefs and to the Gods in the Nine Worlds we pledge ourselves, body and soul.

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