Vikings III : religious practises and beliefs of the Norsemen
Most of us are familiar with the Old Norse thunder god Thor and his mighty hammer Mjölnir, heard whispers of sacrifices in the name of bloodthirsty deities, and that the ultimate goal for any Viking was to die gloriously in battle in the hopes of reaching Valhalla, but what was the religion practised by the Norsemen actually really like?
The pagan beliefs of pre-Christian Scandinavia are difficult to decipher as Old Norse religion was the make up of traditions and customs that were passed down orally from one generation to the other, until they were finally written down and recorded long after the Viking Age had come to an end. Therefore, in order to get an idea what Old Norse religion was like one must put the sources found in the written and archaeological record together.
Find your hammers and join archaeologist Aksel V. Klausen on a journey into the world of religious practises and beliefs of the Norsemen that struck fear into Christian hearts.
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