Asatru Alliance
The Asatru Alliance is one of several groups operating in
North America that continues the revival of Asatru (literally
‘‘faithfulness’’ to the Germanic deities) faith begun by the Asatru
Free Assembly in the early 1970s. The assembly disbanded
in 1987 and the alliance is one of several organizations that
emerged to fill the vacuum. It follows the basic teachings established
by the assembly, a reconstruction of the magical polytheistic
religion of the ancient Northern European peoples. There
is also a liberal spirit that allows for the many variations that
were evident across the Northern lands. The alliance exists as
a free association of kindreds, the name given to local Asatru
groups. As a continental organization, the alliance promotes
the faith by sponsoring regional and national meetings and
publishing materials. The alliance is headed by the Allthing, its
representative legislative body to which all the kindred send a
delegate. The Thing was the legislative and executive assembly
of free men in Germanic antiquity and the Allthing was the successor
to the Thing in the free state of Iceland.
After the Asatru Free Assembly dissolved, seven surviving
kindreds worked together to continue the religion of Asatru in
Vinland (the name given to North America by the Vikings). In
the late summer of 1987 they drafted a set of bylaws and then
invited every known Asatruar in the country to an Allthing to
approve them. This first modern Allthing was held in the summer
of 1988. The bylaws were adopted, a council appointed,
and the tradition of annual gatherings of the kindred established.

The Asatru Alliance may be contacted at P. O. Box 961, Payton,
AZ 85547. Its extensive website can be found at http It publishes a periodical, Vor Tru.

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