COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Home to the Vikings of yore, Denmark said Wednesday it will let a group that worships Thor, Odin and other Norse gods conduct legally-recognized marriages.
“To me, it would be wrong if the indigenous religion of this country wasn’t recognized,” Tove Fergo, the minister for Ecclesiastic Affairs and a Lutheran priest, told The Associated Press.
Under Danish law, the state Evangelical Lutheran Church has sole authority to recognize other religious communities.
The 240-member Forn Sidr, which worships Odin, Thor, Freya and the other members of the Norse pantheon, sought recognition in 1999, said Tissel Jacobsen, the group’s president.
Last year, an Ecclesiastic Affairs panel of scholars recommended that Forn Sidr, whose name mean “Old Custom” in old Norse, be approved, but only if their rituals were clearly detailed in its bylaws.