Viking Age Customs that Christianity Squashed

Interesting blog article CJ Adrien which highlights that while Christianity’s spread into “heathen” Scandinavian during the Viking Age was seen as an “advancement”, then on a number of fronts this can be questioned. The blog lists 3 examples:

  1. Grooming – Vikings actually has a high level of personal grooming (contrary to some stories), however Christianity actually considered this a sign vanity and so personal cleanliness actually deteriorated!
  2. Religious tolerance – To the Vikings, Christ was another god among many – which the conversion to Christianity meant worship of other gods than Christ would not be tolerated.
  3. Separation of state and church – For the Vikings there was no separation in that local leaders typically also were responsible for religious matters. The Christian clergy became a power unto themselves.

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