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Viking rituals. Source:  Rarity Asset Club / Adobe Stock.

Unusual Viking Rituals That Will Surprise You (Video)


Vikings, renowned as fierce warriors, possessed an intriguing blend of superstition and battle strategy. Their rituals, spanning from omens to magic, marked their distinct beliefs. Warriors etched symbols of strength onto weapons, invoking luck and courage. Amidst the chaos of war, sacrifices were made - formidable creatures like boars, stallions, and bulls, offered to unknown forces. Intriguingly, Viking standards of beauty stood apart; blond locks were cherished, leading them to employ harsh methods to bleach their hair. Yule, once a pagan festival, transformed into familiar Christmas elements, yet retained an unsettling aspect - human sacrifice.

Equally unsettling, the infamous blood eagle execution, linked to Odin, remains shrouded in ambiguity. A grim union of sex and sacrifice marked a slave girl's journey into the afterlife, while draugrs, eerie Norse zombies, demanded safeguards. Public blot ceremonies, where gratitude flowed in blood, provided a macabre spectacle. Berserkers, warrior shamans, cast aside humanity, harnessing primal fury. In a unique twist, Vikings utilized urine for fire-starting, a testament to their resourcefulness. These captivating facets reveal the enigmatic world of Viking practices.

Top image: Viking rituals. Source:  Rarity Asset Club / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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