In the spirit of the Royal Wedding, we thought we’d investigate the rituals behind Viking weddings. Sounds a bit like what Megan and Harry must have had to go through to arrive at the alter tomorrow! Viking wedding traditions were complex. Marriage was the heart of family structure in Viking culture, hence the intricate nature of Viking wedding rituals. Planning a wedding was … Continue reading Highly Symbolic And Kind of Outlandish Viking Wedding Traditions And Rituals
Would you like to walk in the footsteps of the Vikings? Record numbers of people went to Trelleborg to do just that including visiting Harald Blue’s famous 1,000 year old Viking castle. You can see some of the many discoveries that were made during the excavation and learn more about the castle and its function. Film, models, … Continue reading Trelleborg’s Viking Country Village opens with new avenues
The Old Norse mythology very much confirms the idea that Norsemen treated alcohol as a sacred beverage. The tale of the theft of the sacred mead is one of the most well-known Norse tales. Óðinn, in the form on an eagle steals the mead of poetry from the giant Suttungr. The drinking culture of the Norsemen … Continue reading Tales of mead-drinking from Old Norse mythology
When picturing ancient Vikings, jewellery does not usually come to mind, most people picture savages with huge swords but these ancient Norse people did make beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces, and other types of jewellery out of such precious metals as gold and silver. Early in their history the Vikings jewellery was very simple, but later … Continue reading If you think jewellery is just for women, think again. Viking men wore jewellery!
The study, published in the journal Antiquity, contradicts the ‘People of the British Isles’ project, which used DNA evidence to argue that there was “no clear genetic evidence of the Danish Viking occupation“. Jane Kershaw, a postdoctoral fellow at University College London says, “We are currently living in a time of large-scale migration,” she added. … Continue reading It seems there was a very large Danish Viking presence in England after all!
Here we thought we knew everything about Vikings! Did you know that in spite of their raiding and invading reputation, they were in fact very clean people; they bathed once a week – and yes that’s a lot for that time. Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets but instead one like you can see in this … Continue reading Some of the craziest things the world has forgotten about the Vikings
Less than an hour away from Copenhagen, you’ll find a vibrant and living reenactment of life as it was lived before and during the Viking age, around the 6th to 8th century. Lejre Museum is located in what use to be the absolute epicentre of the ancient Scandinavian Kingdom, in the days when Norway, Denmark and … Continue reading Viking Skiing
Right now, september 2nd, Burning Man 2014 Art Festival is going down in the desserts of Nevada. This is not your typical party. This is a week-long annual event of insanity where every desire, idea and feeling evolves into a collective bonfire making the earth itself respond. So why would CultureNordic care about this event? Does it relate to the Nordics? … Continue reading A Burning Man
It’s generally a little known fact that the term Viking was predominantly used as a verb. The practise of second sons, who had no prospects at home, to go abroad and find one’s fortune. What is generally also not well known is how international our ancient predecessors were, and how global the world was a … Continue reading To Go A Viking
The largest Viking ship ever found is coming to London, as part of a major exhibition that aims to expand the popular image of the Scandinavian plunderers, whose voyages took them as far as Asia and North America. The Viking ships have been compared to the F16 of the Dark Ages – a technically advanced … Continue reading The largest Viking ship ever found sets its sight for the British Museum
As the spectacular Viking exhibition at Denmark’s National Museum draws to a close and they begin to pack it off on a European tour – first stop the British Museum in London – I particularly liked this image of a true 21st century Viking being tattooed on the floor of the central hall! Museums in London, it’s great … Continue reading Tattoos Viking Style
Taking place at the end of October, the festival draws more than 50,000 people to the city to experience York in a new light. Cutting-edge technology creates a colourful celebration of York’s unique heritage, from spectacular sites to hidden gems. Photo: Triquetra, Clifford’s Tower by Kippa Mathews In 2013, Illuminating York will spread right … Continue reading Vikings still lighting up the Night in York!