Norse Mythology: A Guide To Ancient Viking Religion and Beliefs by Dustin YarcNorse Mythology: A Guide To Ancient Viking Religion and Beliefs is a book which explores the spiritual and cultural beliefs of the ancient Norse/Viking peoples of Northern Europe. Whether you are of Northern European heritage and want to re-connect with the beliefs of your ancestors, or you are just interested in the history and beliefs of the Norse people, this book is packed full of information that will interest you.
In this book, you will learn about:
- The Aesir gods and goddesses
- The Vanir gods and goddesses
- The Jotun (giants)
- The cosmology of Norse mythology and details about the Nine Worlds
- What the Norse people believed about destiny
- The ancient Norse creation story
- Beliefs about death and the afterlife
- Runes: what are they, what are their mythical origins, and what they are used for
- The modern-day equivalent of ancient Norse religion, called Asatru
And much more!
Old Norse religion
Beliefs and Values Freya. The Vikings believed in gods before they became Christians. Viking thought of gods in much the same way as they viewed themselves, fighting against the powers of evil and darkness. Strangely, however they also believed that they and their gods were fighting a lost cause, doomed to failure. Beliefs The Viking Gods The Vikings believed that there were lots of different gods who lived in a place called Asgard.
The realms of the Vikings
The ancient Norse Vikings had what was commonly known as a pagan religion. This means that they had a religion that was not one of the primary religions like Christianity, and they did not acknowledge those religions or their belief systems. It was common for what are considered pagan religions to believe in many gods rather than one. The Vikings had their own form of religion as such which conformed to this idea and as such was based around their various gods, goddesses, giants and mythical beliefs. What is important to know before we go any further is just how little we truly know about the Viking beliefs, rituals and other activities related to their gods. Additional information also comes from the Poetic Edda contained in the Codex Regius, which is a collection of Old Norse poems and stories that cover many many Norse mythological stories and practises. From these ancient documents we have links and references to the old Norse beliefs and their pagan acts.
Norse religion refers to the religious beliefs and practices of pre-Christian Scandanavia, especially during the Viking era. It also known as Germanic paganism, Germanic religion, or Norse mythology. The ancient origins of Germanic religion are prehistoric and thus unknown. Most of what is known about Germanic religion is derived from descriptions by Latin writers such as Julius Caesar 1st cent. BCE and Tacitus 1st cent. CE , descriptions of early Christian missionaries, and archaeological evidence including cult objects, amulets, grave goods, and place names. Anglo-Saxon England was converted from Norse paganism to Christianity in the 7th century, Scandinavia in the 10th century.