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What is Heathenry: a Specific Polytheistic Path

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By Morningbird

The word Heathenry is used to designate a specific polytheistic reconstructionist path based on aboriginal Germanic tradition or to refer to any polytheistic reconstructionist path based on aboriginal traditions from Northern and Western Europe including the British Isles, Scandinavia, and Germany.

These include Odinism, Asatru, Forn Sior and, sometimes, certain forms of Druidry.

One who adheres to these faiths usually self-designates as Heathen.

Moral and Ethical Codes

Many Heathens look to the Poetic Eddas and the Havamal among other texts for guidance. 

The Nine Noble Virtues, adopted by the Asatru Folk Assembly and the Odinic Rite were taken from these.

Heathen Organizations

A listing of Heathen organizations worldwide can be found at

Written by Morningbird & Witchipedia Team

I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years. As a founder and lead writer on Witchipedia, I’ve been publishing articles since 2006.

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