Rökkatru: What Does It Mean?

Wonderful explanation of the Path. Please, take the time to read.

Divine Multiplicity

Rökkatru is a very new path, and there is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion about what it is. Let’s take a step back and look some context for understanding what Rökkatru is and what it means: the term arose in a culture where Heathenry had been an established pagan path since the Romanticist movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Heathenry itself is a broad term which encompasses the revival of Germanic and Scandinavian pre-Christian religious traditions. As neo-paganism broadly and Heathenry specifically evolved through the years, traditions which focused more particularly on specific groupings of deities in the Norse pantheon began to develop.

Within the Norse pantheon, we see several clear delineations of beings or entities which occupy the pre-Christian Norse cosmos: the Æsir (including but not limited to Frigg and Odin), the Vanir (Freyja, Freyr, Njordr), Álfr or elves, Svartálfar or Myrkálfar, more commonly known…

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