The Spear Dance/Viking Pop Culture on Display

http://www.ealdfaeder.org/v03/spear-dance.html The Spear Dance by Pete Jennings The existing evidence There is certainly evidence for dancing with spears in both Anglo Saxon and Viking sources. The Mantebo memorial stone, and the Oland metal helmet stamp from Sweden, and the foil covered helmet plates from Sutton Hoo, Suffolk and Caenby, Lincs , England all show figures … Continue reading The Spear Dance/Viking Pop Culture on Display

Óðinn’s Berserks in Myth and Human Berserks in Reality

Óðinn’s Berserks in Myth and Human Berserks in Reality Anatoly Liberman: In Prayer and Laughter   Chapter 3 Óðinn’s Berserks in Myth and Human Berserks in Reality The Old Icelandic word berserkr (plural berserkir) has made its way into many European languages. In English dictionaries, it appears as berserker, but below I will be using … Continue reading Óðinn’s Berserks in Myth and Human Berserks in Reality

THE GNAWA AND THEIR LILA: An Afro-Maghrebi Ritual Tradition by Timothy D. Fuson

http://www.sonispheric.net/the_gnawa_and_their_lila.htm   THE GNAWA AND THEIR LILA: An Afro-Maghrebi Ritual Tradition by Timothy D. Fuson Islam is sometimes thought of both by Muslims and non-Muslims as a self-contained, monolithic religious and cultural whole, unchanging through time and space. Yet in reality, Islam did not obliterate the cultures that came before it. The Qur'an itself is … Continue reading THE GNAWA AND THEIR LILA: An Afro-Maghrebi Ritual Tradition by Timothy D. Fuson