“Folkism” and “universalism” were adopted by early Ásatrú groups to describe racialism and non-racialism. Over the years, however, people began attributing new definitions to these terms. In particular, some people claim “folkism” to be a preference for the religion of one’s ethnic ancestors and “universalism” to be having a practice of accepting of individuals into a group with disregard for the Heathen concepts of inner yard and outer yard.

The contributors of The Longship, as well as their affiliates, adhere to the original definitions of folkism (“racialist”) and universalism (“non-racialist” or “inclusive”).