April 14, 2020 — Scandinavians traded peacefully with Europe, the Middle East, and even China thousands of years before the first recorded Viking raid, and in doing so, they laid the foundation that helped jump-start Europe’s stumbling economy in the wake of the Western Roman Empire’s collapse. LEARN MORE »
December 22, 2019 — Bears were deeply respected animals in the Viking Age, a tradition that likely hailed from pre-historic animism and warrior initiation rituals of ancient Scandinavia and Finland. Historical sources point to a thriving bear cult attested by the many berserker (Old Norse: berserkr) poems available in the Icelandic sagas, while the Goths’ ancient heathen law describes legal matters concerning man-to-man duels that took place in the Old North, known as holmgang (Old Norse: hólmgǫngr). LEARN MORE »
November 21, 2019 — The “morin khuur,” or the horsehead violin, is an ancient musical instrument said to emit the cry of a dying horse. It is widespread across Mongolia, where it has remained popular to this day.
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