First temple to Norse gods since the Vikings

Construction starts in Iceland on first temple since Viking age
Worship will soon be possible at a shrine to Thor, Odin, Frigg and other fabled gods and goddesses from Nordic Europe. Construction has started in Iceland on the first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.
Worship of the gods in Scandinavia died out a thousand years ago in favour of Christianity, but a modern version of Norse paganism is becoming more popular. However, even the priests don’t think the tales are real. Instead they see them as metaphors for life.
“I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet,” says Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, high priest of Ásatrúarfélagið, an association that promotes faith in the Norse gods. “We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.”
The new temple will be circular, dug four metres into a hill overlooking Reykjavik. A dome on top will let in the sunlight. It will host weddings and funerals, give names to children and initiate teenagers. But there won’t be any slaughter of animals.
The Guardian
[pictured: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson; photo courtesy Ásatrúarfélagið]


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