The conversion of Vikings to Christendom was a very difference experience than most others who came under the heel of missionaries.
Vikings could not be intimidated by swords so they were actually bribed to convert. So, they converted often for the free and easy coin.
Eventually, the missionaries became less irritating and homes had a cross at one end and Thor’s hammer at the other. Over time, the idea that Christianity was Ragnarok and the Norse was the only god pantheon that understood that they had an endtime, so the conversion and subversion of Norse saga written down by Monks and bastardized with christian insertions.
History is written by those who actually write it down.
For a while, couples would have a Viking betrothal ceremony and live together to save up the money for a Christian Wedding, which also offered a trial run and the production of a baby.
The church frowned on this, and the Bishop in Iceland said the Pope said s, therefor the Vikings killed the Bishop and no one got married for 500 years or so.
The Bishop job tended to be a 4 to 5 years thing, eventually, the Bishop would be on the wrong end of a crowd with torches, which is why I think modern day elections are 3 to 5 years apart…..
Anyway, it looks like Christdom wasn’t the end after all – a Pagan temple is being built.
Ásatrú has no room for conservative Christian morality
Hilmar adds that he and other members of the congregation are not interested in using the ancient religion of Ásatrú as a vehicle for romanticized machismo, as well as rejecting any tendencies to inject the practice of Ásatrú with conservative Christian morality:
“We know these texts; we have lived with these texts for a thousand years. We are not coating them in some Viking or warrior romanticism. And we are not obsessing over some books on morality, dating back to the year 70AD, as many of these foreign practitioners of Ásatrú do, considering that book a source on how the ancient religion should be practiced.”
“Unfortunately we have received gushes of hate-mail from abroad, for example due to our respect for gay rights and for our fight to be allowed to marry same-sex couples. I think we represent Icelandic society. And the nation has stood with us through thick and thin.”
Further Reading (offsite)
Mar 21, 2015 – 06.02.2015 | Hindus “Welcome Construction of Ásatrú Temple” … Dating back to the Original Religions of Pagan Wiccan And Druidism.
Jun 29, 2015 – Iceland is about to get its first pagan temple dedicated to the Norse Gods Thor, Odin and Frigg in about 1000 years.
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but now they do geothermal and genetics, as well as that
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so instead of raising the rates, they made the US buy the fuel
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Iceland is funnny that way
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