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« Reply #2: May 30, 2011, 07:25:16 am »

Hello. I am interested in Vanatru but I am fairly new to the path and have a few questions. I live in Australia, more specifically the Australian outback and the nearest ocean is over a days drive away. Some people have said to me that there is no point in worshiping the god Njord as I dont live near an ocean while some of them said it would be quite ok to do so. Can anybody give me any opinions?

I have always felt a very strong connection to Thor, would it be acceptable to include him in my rituals despite him being an Aesir god?

Also, Are there any big differences between Asatru and Vanatru other than the gods being different?

Hi Vymir,

I don't see why you couldn't honor an Asa-god in your observances. Asatruar honor the Vanir all the time. Heck, i dedicate two of my family's blots to Freyr and Freya, respectively. There are some warnings I should give you, though.

By associating yourself with the term 'Vanatru' you will be unfortunately be judged right out of the gate by some heathens as being a fluffy bunny, nutter, or worse. There have been some very rare instances of people identifying as Vanatruar who were rapists and child molesters. Their actions unfortunately have stained the larger population. It may not be fair, but it is what it is. Some of those jotun-humping rape-mongers at Cauldron Farms started as self-proclaimed Vanatruar, and while they no longer claim that descriptor, they have still damaged the reputation of others by their actions.

Should that put you off your purpose? No! Not at all. I just wanted to make sure you are forewarned and armed with knowledge so that you aren't taken completely by surprise. Just as the greater Asatru population is still battling against the usurping of our symbols and beliefs by a white supremacist minority, you too will be cast into a similar fight.

Sadly, I must also admit that of all the people I have met who claimed to be Vanatru, only one was what I considered a serious heathen. The rest were terribly fluffy and what they practiced had almost nothing to do with actual heathen practice, either modern or in antiquity.

As for honoring Njord, why wouldn't you? He is a Vanic deity, after all. You don't have to live near an ocean to honor him. Just like you don't have to have a raging thunderstorm overhead to honor Thor Smiley
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