This video is terrible, full of misleading/incorrect information and seems to show everything that is wrong with parts of Asatru today in the USA (and elsewhere).
Asatru was not practiced by the tribes of Northern Europe. Asatru is a reconstructed religion and even the term Asatru was coined very recently. What they did practice was hedendom - Heathenry, “the Heathen Custom”, not “Asatru”. I would expect more from someone who clearly professes to be some kind of leader to the Heathen community.
If this American wishes to peel back the layers and discard labels that have overwritten previous ones to try to claim European ancestry, then why does he stop at Northern European labels such as Viking? Why does he not continue to peel away those layers and identify with the ancestors of those people who came from what is now the Middle East? Or back further still to the source of human life?
We have not been “Europeans for about 40,000 years”. This guy should pick up a book. The beginning phases of even just Indo-European migration began around 4000BCE (making even the claim to “Indo-European” less than 6000 years.
His assertion that people of European descent need to “harken back” to this older identity is a fallacy, as anyone can, and did, practice Heathenry. It is cultural, not transmitted by bloodline. If it was transmitted by bloodline then he himself would not be eligible to practice, since the last 1000 or so years of his ancestors were likely Christian (if indeed they were all from Europe and he had some concrete way to know that).
He should not attempt to speak for “Europeans”, as we are quite capable of speaking for ourselves. We do not need his encouragement to follow Forn Sed, as there are many organisations (tolerant, welcoming and non-discriminatory ones) already well established and with a far longer and richer history than his own organisation.
Thankfully there are some very intellectual, knowledgeable, open and honest Norse Heathens I have met from the USA so I just hope they can establish something better than this ill-informed drivel.
And there ya go, straight from the mouth of a Scandinavian person who practices Scandinavian Heathenry.