Ritual Centers the Community.
The Irminfolk is a tax-exempt religious organization that is incorporated under the laws of New York State and is a Federally recognized 501(c)3 organization.
The Irminfolk serves as a philosophical, educational, religious, and social community of Folkish Heathens. We provide for a community of people from a broad spectrum of society in a family friendly environment.
Through the promotion of social gatherings, Heathen rites and rituals, museum outings, group hikes, Rune/Lore studies, community service projects, and regular meetups, our members and leadership strive to make the Irminfolk a visionary, professional, and cultured organizational and inspirational vehicle for our Folk.
We believe that this concept was strongly embodied in the Pre-Christian religions of our European ancestry. We strive then to motivate our Folk to to find that communion with their distant ancestors and to find their own link in that never-ending chain between the distant past and the far flung future. We do this by reconstructing, as best as we can from documents and evidence from long-ago, the ways our ancient European ancestors honored the Gods of the European Pantheon. We celebrate the holidays of our ancient ancestors without the Christian tinseling that veils their Pagan origins. We attempt to practice the rites and and ceremonies in the manner they did.
The Irminfolk’s Core Pantheon is the Gods and Goddesses of the Aesir and the Vanir – The Norse/Germanic Pantheon, with Odin as the Chief Godhead.
Branching further from the Sacred Pillar of Central Europe we embrace our Cousins to the South, of Greece-Roman Heathenry, and to the East, The Slavonic Gods like Swentowit and Perun. We recognize the ancestral Gods and Goddesses of our European cousins with tolerance, understanding and friendship.
But in the Irminfolk we’re not mere historical reenactors, meticulously mimicking the distant past like characters in a living history exhibit. While the aesthetics of ancient Europe inspire our creativity, we recognize that the spirit of our age calls for a more nuanced approach. We believe that Odinism is a living, breathing tradition—one that resides within each of us, igniting the folk-spirit that has been passed down through generations. Our ancestral folkways are not just a hobby; they are the essence of our worldview, guiding us along a path of self-discovery and growth.
For us, the essence of Heathenry lies much less in academic reconstruction than in the living, upward journey of our Folk. It’s about embracing the timeless wisdom of our ancestors while adapting it to the realities of our modern lives. This divine spark, this connection to our roots, is what guides us on our path. In the Irminfolk, we celebrate our heritage with reverence and respect, while keeping our traditions relevant in today’s world. Join us as we honor the past, embrace the present, and shape the future of Heathenry together.”
Ours is a quest to re-discover our ancestral path – and to ascend the upward path.