Ásatrú is an Icelandic term consisting of two parts: Ása referring to the gods and goddesses, and trú meaning true. Thus Ásatrú literally means true to the gods. The faith is sometimes referred to as Norse or Germanic Heathenry and may be regarded as an Earth religion much like Shinto and Native American spirituality. It represents the indigenous pre-Christian beliefs of the Northern Europeans. This included the peoples of present-day Scandinavia, England, Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium, among others.
After having few if any practitioners for many centuries, Ásatrú was revived in the twentieth century. Today,Ásatrúar may be found today all over the world but principally in Scandinavia, Western Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand.