Pagan Beliefs and Practices


 "Thor's battle with the Ettins" (1872), painting by Mårten Eskil Winge. Author: Chesnok
"Thor's battle with the Ettins" (1872), painting by Mårten Eskil Winge. Author: Chesnok



Welcome to our Viking Society Wiki on the Pagan Beliefs and Practices of the Norse.Before the Vikings had converted to Christianity, they had beliefs in many deitiesthat were recorded in many documents. We invite you to look through thefollowing pages and enjoy the details of the Vikings' uniquereligion that helped to shape its culture.


Subpages

Popular Norse Gods and Mythological Places
Paganism in Sagas, Primary Source Documents
Pagan Worship Sites
Common Rituals and Beliefs
The Prose Edda
Popular Norse Gods and Mythological Places
Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Scandinavian mythology contains a whole pantheon of gods and the world in which they resided.
The Prose Edda along with Scandinavian poetry provide interesting stories about these unique gods.

Paganism in Sagas, Primary Source Documents, and Skaldic Poetry
‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍Viking sagas contain the ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍many adventures and pagan practices of the Norse that provide both a historical and entertaining look into the customs of the people. In addition, many primary texts composed by foreigners who encountered the Vikings both at home and abroad, reveal just how unusual some of the pagan practices appeared to those from other cultures. Special references about the Norse gods such as Thor and Odin can also be found in popular Skaldic Poetry.

Pagan Worship Sites
The places of Pagan worship are not really places in the modern sense. There are very few actual buildings of worship. Most of the every day worshiping is done in ones home, or in some occasions in a sacred grove or other sacred location.

Common Rituals and Beliefs
Before most of Sweden converted into Christianity, the Swedish village of Gamla Uppsala, or Old Uppsala was the central burial ground for Scandinavian royalty and was home to the Uppsala temple, where sacrifices were made to the gods.

The Prose Edda
The Vikings would eventually convert to Christianity, but their pagan beliefs and mythology would be preserved by Snorri Sturluson
in the Prose Edda.
You can learn more about the Viking's conversion to Christianity by clicking on the following link: Christian Clerics





Discussion Portion


Pre-planning phase:
Our group decided that we would all design our own subpage that included our own topic and various links within it. We also decided that we would contribute to the main page by introducing our topic and give a brief description about what would be presented.

What actually happened:
The Prose Edda page was presented by: Andrew Overstreet
Paganism in Sagas, Primary Source Documents was presented by: Angela Howard
Pagan Worship Sites was presented by: Nolan Wilson
Common Rituals and Beliefs was presented by: Courtney Fly

We all included our own pictures and links as desired.
We were not sure what happened to our fifth member so Angela designed another subpage to make up for the loss and used it as a link for The Prose Edda topics and the skaldic poetry section.