Just in case anyone cares, the reason Norhtvegr doesn't want to be
called Asatru or Odinism are as follows:
1. They are their own thing. Do Christians want to be called Jewish?
Well, they both worship Yahweh, so what's the big deal? In fact,
why have different denominations of Christians? Hare Krishnas aren't
Hindu either, although both might worship Krishna.
2. Odinism isn't really the commonly accepted term for Germanic
Heathenism. Odin is one deity, Heathenism is NOT monotheistic,
you can be a heathen and not worship Odin. You might worship a
different Storm and War god called Wotan (Germanic form) or Wod
(Anglo-Saxon form) or Woden (Old Saxon form) or you might not like
storms and war, or you might want to worship your ancestors
or something. That's allowed. Although not all Odinists are racists,
it's the common term used by racist pagans who are typically pretty
clueless about the actual religion. In fact, many of us don't even call
it a religion, but a folkway.
Asatru = True to the Aesir = Scandinavian or "Nordic" indigenous religion.
Although this one gets the most attention, there are plenty of people who
don't follow the Scandinavian form. Others are Germanic heathenism,
Anglo-Saxon heathenism, Gothic Heathenism, Icelandic heathenism, etc.
each of which have various denominations within the larger umbrella.
Contrary to popular assumption, "Nordic" is not the larger umbrella term,
it's just what people think of because of the Sagas & Eddas. (much of
which is of course more accurately called Icelandic). Not that anyone
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