EXPLORING THE NORTHERN TRADITION is an introduction to the modern reconstruction of the ancient religion of the Germanic and Scandinavian peoples. This religion called Heathenry is one of the fastest growing polytheistic religious movements in the Western world today. This book provides a thorough guide to the cosmology values ethics and rituals practiced by modern Heathens. It crosses denominational lines examining practices common to all branches of Heathenry in an easily accessible format. Readers will have the opportunity to explore the sacred stories of the various Heathen Gods like Odin Frigga Freya and Thor and the devotional practices of modern votaries. The most common devotional rite-the faining or blót-is examined in rich detail with examples given for personal use. Every new concept covered is presented in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. Readers will come away from this book with a thorough knowledge of what the Heathen community is like and what newcomers to that community can expect. Experienced Heathens will find a wealth of lore and inter-denominational critique that will make this book an excellent addition to their libraries.