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Celts and Vikings

  • Viking ships

    The highest technical achievement of the Vikings were their warships. These rooks, kept in an exemplary manner, were often described with great love in the poetry of the Vikings and were their pride. The narrow frame of such a vessel was very convenient for approaching the coast and fast passing ...

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  • Military campaigns

    On the lands that the Saxons, Angles and Utes left in the VI century, came from Skane and Halland, located on the southwestern tip of Sweden. In the VIII century. they, as in Norway, formed the first kingdom here. In 800, under Gottrick, a great Danish kingdom was created, which included Sweden...

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  • Viking beliefs

    View of the world. At the very beginning there was an infinite space. The huge void was called the Ginnungagap. Long before the Earth was created, the Yggdrasil tree grew, the Tree of Peace that connects all nine worlds. Under one of its roots, to the south, there was a region called Muspelheim,...

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  • Viking lifestyle

    Clothing Peasant clothing consisted of a long wool shirt, short baggy pants, stockings and a rectangular cloak. The Vikings from the upper classes wore long pants, socks and capes of bright colors. In the course were woolen mittens and hats, as well as fur hats and even felt hats. High society w...

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  • Viking food

    During the Vikings, most people ate twice a day. The main products were meat, fish and cereal grains. Meat and fish were usually cooked, less often fried. For storage, these products were dried and salted. Of the cereals, rye, oats, barley and several types of wheat were used. Usually porridge...

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  • Cutthroats or heroes?

    In medieval Scandinavian languages, the word « vikingr » meant « pirate, corsair » — a person who made a fortune either by making sea raids on the shores of foreign countries, or by attacking peaceful travelers in their waters. There was an abstract concept of viki...

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  • NUMBER "3" IN RELIGION AND MYTHOLOGY OF ANCIENT CELTS

    The Celts attached very great importance to the number " three ", which occupied an important place in their religious mythological tradition. So, one of the most widespread images that are found on figurative monuments originating from Gaul is tricephalus - a deity with three heads or ...

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  • CITY PLANNING AT CELT

    The Celts were wonderful masters of fortifications, both on the scale of one house and the whole city . The Celtic fortified city in Bibract (France) occupied 135 hectares, while the ancient Troy was located on only two hectares. The figure shows a plan of the Celtic " Oppidum " as it ...

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  • Why is Wicca not Celtic Paganism?

    There are many people who believe that Wicca and its associated forms of Neopaganism are a form of Celtic Paganism (and vice versa), but this is not at all true. The purpose of this article is to compare Wicca and Celtic Paganism to confirm this fact and tell the public about Celtic Paganism. Wh...

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  • Celtic Trees Calendar

    Modern pagans have a habit of spreading about a certain Celtic Trees Calendar, based on ogamic alphabet and consisting of 13 months, each of which corresponds with a particular tree. Some pagans claim that the Celts actually used this calendar, and evidence of this fact can be found in the very e...

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  • Finding Salmon of Wisdom

    To understand the meaning of the interlacing and spirals of Celtic art, taking shape in energetic, organic whirlpools, first you need to understand the path on which the ancient Celts weaved the cobwebs of their lives. Amazing patterns on the page of parchment or on a stone cross, reflect a world...

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  • Celtic Tree of Life

    Beloved, look into your heart, The sacred tree blossoms there. U.B. Yates You know that you are closer to the Center, because the world is more alive than you could imagine: colors burn and sparkle, sounds vibrate like broken strings, and with every breath you feel a little dizzy and enlightened, ...

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  • Ecstasy and Madness in the Celtic Tradition

    In North Wales there is a mountain called Cadre Idris - the top of the giant Idris, located at the very stars. Although it’s quite pleasant to climb peat bogs in the form of trimmed lamb and rocky placers, the legend says that if you spend the night there, either you die, or you lose your mind, o...

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  • RELIGION AND CULT OF THE CELTS

    Religion and the cult of ancient peoples, both northern and those living in southern Europe, could not rise from the cult of nature to the idea of ​​a single spiritual principle, and they were originally crude worship of nature and especially its destructive and inexplicable, based on the then lev...

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  • The role and significance of Celtic mythology

    The oldest legends and poetic monuments of any country and any people are of great interest and value not only for posterity, but for all of humanity. As an example, suffice it to mention the classical myths of ancient Greece. They had, so to speak, a threefold influence on the historical fate o...

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  • Viking women

    Viking women Just like everyone else, men and women of the Viking era needed basic things for life: food, clothing and a home. Pets played an important role in their daily lives. Perhaps the most important animal for them was the horse. The Viking's view of the world passed through their daily l...

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  • Housekeeping in the Viking Age

    " Everyday life of the Viking family was continuous struggle to maintain life: so that everyone has a roof over their heads; everyone was warm and had something to eat. For a long time it was easy to get food, but a lot of time was spent on preparing it, and it was still necessary to take c...

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  • Viking weapons

    Why is the weapon in the barrel and not on the wall? You see, I often have guests, and where guests are, there is a feast. And at the feast, where a lot of beer, anything can happen! When the weapon is removed from the eyes away, the worst thing you can do is knock out a couple of teeth. Scandi...

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  • Round Viking Forts in Denmark

    Trelleborg. The round concentric forts of Denmark are probably the most impressive and unusual phenomenon of the Viking Age. Trelleborg was the first fort found - it was excavated by archaeologists about 60 years ago. It is located on a cape between two rivers and in order to create the foundatio...

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  • "The influence of the Vikings on the formation of the Anglo-Saxon state."

    Early medieval Europe lived in fear of the invasion of warlike northern barbarians. Everywhere they were called differently: in France - the Normans, in England - the Danes, in Ireland - finngall and dubgall, in Germany - Ascemann, in Byzantium - the Varangians, in Russia - the Vikings, in Scandin...

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  • Celtic calendar

    The Celts had a very complex calendar system based on the cycles of the sun and moon. Its traces are reflected both in ancient literature and in archaeological artifacts. In particular, a Gallic calendar carved on bronze sheets was found in Colin, which allows you to make very important observati...

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  • Celtic history

    There are various hypotheses for the formation of Celts as a historical community. According to earlier, the ancestors of the people came to Central Europe from the Black Sea. (The form of military helmets speaks in favor of their ties with the East. Forms of Western Europe are characterized by r...

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