Concepts that meant nothing to a Norse Heathen

December 24, 2016


Bjørn Andreas Bull-Hansen


The Viking Age is a long time ago. Most people reading this are living in a society balanced between Christianity and humanism, and we tend to forget that many of the concepts that dominate our way of thinking, didn’t even exist in heathen Europe. Many key concepts did, like your connection to clan and family, your love for your children, honour etc, but far too often I see «modern» concepts being attached to the heathen Norsemen and that is simply wrong. We need to understand that lots of things were different back then. So I have tried to make a list of some concepts that were quite meaningless to a pre-Christian Norseman. Here it is:

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Author: Cianaodh Óg

Cianaodh (Pronounced Key-Ah-Knee) is Old Irish and means Ancient Fire. Óg is also Old Irish and it means Young which is my surname in modern English. My given or legal name is James "Troy" Young but my chosen, magickal name is Cianaodh Óg and most people who know me outside of my spiritual family know me by my middle name, Troy. I am the High Priest of Tribe Of the Standing Stones in Arlington, Texas - Spirit Of the Sycamore Tradition and variety blogger as well as Chief High Mucky Muck at Alliance of Polyspiritual Eclectics.

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