“Our perception of religion’s influence in [Viking] society is based on texts written hundreds of years afterwards, by men from a different and more misogynistic religion.”
Don’t underestimate Viking women | ScienceNordic.
Other interesting things from the article: A lot of Viking grave sites have been gendered according to modern Western perceptions of “feminine” versus “masculine” burial objects. Only problem? In graves where human remains have been found (and examined) as well, men have been buried with things like beads and cloth and jewellery, and women have been buried with weapons.
The fact that the Christian men who wrote down most of what we know today of Viking history/religion downplayed the role of women is pretty much a given, q.v. how few stories of the ásynjur survive, versus the “gaps” in the sagas where women would seem to fit (and the women that we do have are not meek and mild little things). It’s good to see more and more of these stories coming out in recent years (and telling that they all come from female anthropologists/archaeologists/whatever).
My Viking feels. Let me show you tiem.
This masterpiece of Renaissance metalwork is signed on the browplate by Filippo Negroli, whose embossed armor was praised by sixteenth-century writers as “miraculous” and deserving “immortal merit.” Formed of one plate of steel and patinated to look like bronze, the bowl is raised in high relief with motifs inspired by classical art. The graceful mermaidlike siren forming the helmet’s comb holds a grimacing head of Medusa by the hair. The sides of the helmet are covered with acanthus scrolls inhabited by putti, a motif ultimately derived from ancient Roman sculpture and wall paintings. (x)
this goddamn dbq wth if you’re asking about eisenhower’s administration WHY IS THERE A DOCUMENT ABOUT JFK
social classes: the emergence of new royalty
new royalty emerged in the 21st century, but it was merely a continuation of the trend in the 20th century. examples include “queen latifa” and “lady gaga”