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By Neil McMahon
BBC News (Europe)
It has been the dream of Iceland´s neo-pagan worshippers for four decades.
Now construction of the first heathen temple or “hof” to be built in a Nordic country in almost 1,000 years is set to get under way.
Work will start in March on a wooded hill near to the the capital Reykjavik’s domestic airport.
The temple will provide followers of Iceland’s old Norse religion with a place to hold their communal “blot” – or feasts – as well as marriages, name-giving ceremonies, funerals and rite of passage ceremonies for teenagers. Until now, ceremonies have mostly been conducted outdoors during the summer.
“At last, our long journey across the desert is at an end,” says Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson, a composer and high priest of Iceland’s neo-pagan Asatru movement.
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