We have developed our own magazines, I receive the Troth's "Idunna" four times a year, and news services on the internet that handle only Pagan news, and there are websites, blogs, and Facebook pages. All of these cater just to the Pagan community, and in our case the Asatru religion. We even have our own poetry, songs, and stories, that are told by some very wonderful skalds. Many of these poems, songs, and stories are collected on a tremendous library website called Odin's Gift, where you can read over 2,000 poems, etc... all absolutely free. The woman who runs this site is Michaela Macha, who is a wonderful skald herself. Many other sites, including my own, offer poetry, and short stories, related to our culture and our religion.
Years ago when I first came into the old religion it was difficult to find Thor's hammers, Valknut's etc... And if you wanted to construct an altar you had to hand - make something because there was almost nothing available out there for sale. Now you can find our universal symbols, ancient games ( I just recently bought a Hnefatafl game), and God and Goddesses statues from a variety of places including catalogues, and websites. Amazon.com alone has tons of items relating to our culture and our religion. There are also a lot of private places that make items for our religion and our culture. Kenaz Kindred, of Canada, which is run by a wonderful woman named Larisa C. Hunter ( A.K.A. Mist), makes beautiful religious embroidered cloths that can be purchased from her Frigga's Loom. ( I will be doing a special article later on Frigga's Loom so watch for that.)
Music is another area where we have changed it to suit our culture. I have already discussed that you can hear skaldic musical verse at Odin's Gift, but there is also a whole rock genre that has grown over the past 20 or so years devoted to our religion and culture. The term Viking Metal Bands is used to describe such heavy metal rockers as Storm, Windir, Wolfchant, Tyr, Skalmold, Einherjar, Helheim, Kampfar, and Korpiklaani, and many others. Their message, though in a heavy metal format, is of our lore, heritage, and culture. Personally, I do not care for head - banging music, but my friends Kelly, and Justin, introduced me to Tyr and Korpiklaani, and I like their "sound" very much. There is also a folk genre, but I am just now looking into it, and can' t really speak on the subject yet. And for anyone who thinks it funny that an old man like me listens to this music ..... well, I grew up in the 60's and early 70's listening to Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Ten Years After, Hendricks etc...., I know this music well !
At the top of this new culture is an ever growing list of organizations and kindreds that are sharing information and ideas, and supporting those who are new to our religion. I do suggest that you check out these places before " jumping in with both feet". And if they start asking for money be very wary, religion is a free expression of love, and as Bluto said in " Animal House", " Help yourself ,it don't cost nothin !" Having said that, there may be some form of dues to run the kindred or organization, and as long as they are reasonable, that is fine. Just beware !
Books are another item that with the explosion of the internet have become much more available. In my early days if you could find one book on our religion in the New Age section of Barnes and Noble, or Waldenbooks, you were lucky ! These days you can go on - line to Amazon.com and literally find 100's of books on a myriad of Pagan subjects from a multitude of wonderful authors.
The only drawback to this burgeoning and unique culture is that it can make us feel distanced from people of other cultures, and even the society that we live in. I know personally because I spend so much time reading, studying, and speaking to people in our religion, I find that I have less in common with those from other segments of society, even those with whom I have a history of friendship with. I think that it is because I now equate everthing that I do, and hear, with our religion in one way or another, and then wind up expressing my opinions as they relate to my beliefs. This seems to upset, or at the very least puts off, some people. There is nothing I can do about this, however, my religious beliefs are a large part of my life, and are now inseparable from my other thoughts. The great thing is that when I feel alone I simply click on the internet and talk to my Asatru, or other Pagan, friends !
All Hail the worldwide Asatru Nation !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja' s love, and Thor's protection !