Friday, July 24, 2009

Asatru Rules for Personal Conduct - Part Two

In the 1980's, the Asatru Free Assembly (predecessor to today's Asatru Folk Assembly) composed a statement of conduct now called the Nine Noble Values. These were -

Strength is better than weakness.

Courage is better than cowardice.

Joy is better than guilt.

Honor is better than dishonor.

Freedom is better than slavery.

Kinship is better than loneliness.

Truth is better than dogma.

Vigor is better than lethargy.

Ancestry is better than rootlessness.

We felt that these exhibited better balance than the Nine Noble Virtues aired in the 1970's. Additionally, we wanted to underline the importance of ancestry, and to add joy to an otherwise somewhat grim collection.

We have used the Values in riutal. The gothi/gythja recites a line - "Strength is better than weakness!" - to which the folk make a response - "Let us be strong!" and so forth.

Note that nothing in the Values contradicts the Nine Noble Virtues listed in yesterday's post; on the contrary, they are either identical or complementary.

Steve McNallen

Asatru Folk Assembly

1 comment:

Paul said...

I have, until now, always used the Nine Noble Virtues as my guide. This list I agree with even more, and will begin using this!