04 May What You Should Know About Viking Heritage
Know About Viking Heritage
I wanted to know about Viking heritage and understand if they were present in medieval Finland. This research let me conclude that they were present in Finland put perhaps not the way I thought they were. Listen to my Viking Heritage episode to hear the rest.
Who Were the Vikings?
What Did the Vikings do?
Vikings explored the world. They raided more wealthy countries. Vikings took women, tools, precious metals, and trade their lootings for spices and silk. They were modern-day pirates. But for the main parts, they were farmers that might be surprising to know.
What is the Viking Heritage?
- Design on jewelry
- Women’s Rights
What Vikings Left for Us?
- Viking ships
- The Viking DNA
- Rune Stones
What Viking Heritage is Incorrect?
- Helmet horns did not exist. The helmets were from hard leather for the warriors and metal ones for the chief warriors. There were no horns on them. This is something that popular culture has included.
- Vikings did not call themselves Vikings. They were known as Ostmen amongst themselves. People from other areas called them Norsemen or Viking which means piracy.
- There is no proof that Vikings used skulls to drink wine. There is no evidence that Vikings were as barbaric as movies make them to look like. As I said before they were farmers mostly and explored the world around them for trade.
- Vikings were actually very hygienic. All the evidence on burial sites and rune stones show that hygiene was important. So no smelly Vikings, hygiene was practiced and important to them.
So Were Finns Vikings or Pheasants?
If you want to learn more about Vikings I recommend these podcasts and websites
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