This Icelandic priestess practises a Viking-era religion, and it’s on the rise – ABC News

Ásatrú priestess Jóhanna Harðardóttir

Jóhanna Harðardóttir is friends with Thor. 

Not the Marvel hero played by Chris Hemsworth, but the Norse god his character is based upon.

“Friendship” with gods like Thor (son of Earth; protector of mankind) and Freyja (goddess of love and fertility) is part of Jóhanna’s belief system.

She’s a follower — and a priestess — of Ásatrú, a pagan religion that dates back to the Viking era and celebrates Norse mythology and the environment.

“Our gods and goddesses are our friends, they are our family,” explains Jóhanna, who lives on a farm in Iceland.

“They are people, just like us, and they have their negative and positive sides like we do.”

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