Jósúa Rood is a researcher, musician, and voice within Contemporary Heathenism. His research background is in Old Nordic Religion, and he is a PHD Candidate at the University of Iceland where his dissertation focuses on the reception and reinvention of Old Nordic Religion within Asatru. He has been an active participant in Asatru for most of his life where he has served in the roles of teacher, ritualist, and organizer. He has led the rituals for the East Coast Thing, the largest annual Asatru gathering in the United States, since 2015. He is also a member of both the Icelandic Ásatrúarfélagið since 2013 and a member of the Norwegian Asatru Organization, Åsatrufellesskapet Bifrost.
Throughout both his religious and academic career, Josh has been particularly passionate about the ways that modern Asatru relates to and uses the gods, symbols, myths, and ritual remnants from Old Nordic Religion, and more importantly, the ways in which they can be used.
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