Iceland Airwaves 2015 Radio Documentary Preview: Paganism (LISTEN)

Tune in NEXT WEEKEND to hear our Iceland Airwaves 2015 final radio documentary,  which airs at noon CT on Saturday, January 9th and during our encore presentation on Sunday, January 10th at 7 p.m. CT on WCRX-FM 88.1 in Chicago (live stream here). In the meantime, check out a teaser from one of the cultural stories the students culled at Airwaves and produced below for the final radio documentary. Check out previews, reviews and more on our Iceland Airwaves 2015 home page.

While missing Reykjavík from all the way in Chicago, the different stories heard there continue to live on. One of those stories is part of Iceland’s pagan past. Odin, one of the Norse gods, has only one eye. The story behind his one eye is that he gave it up so that he could receive wisdom. After his sacrifice, he became the god of wisdom, war, poetry, and many more ideals in Norse paganism. From that story and many others, the pagan belief in Iceland began through following the ways of the Norse gods, including Odin.

But, paganism is still alive today in Iceland. Throughout time, paganism has come in and out of the cultural limelight. Whether it was hidden under ground during the worldwide witch trials in the 16th century or established as a religion by the Icelandic government in the 1970s, paganism has left its mark on the Icelandic religious culture.

Fast forward to today where paganism is on its next chapter. In Reykjavík, the Ásatrú Pagans (a form of paganism that focuses on the Norse gods) is finally getting their first temple built in centuries. Also known as a hofthe building of the temple has been started since May of 2015.

For a little sneak peak into this final story, listen to Magnús Jensson, the architect of the hof, as he discusses the progress of the upcoming place of of worship for Ásatrú Pagans.

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