Who Owns the Vikings? Pagans, Neo-Nazis and Advertisers Tussle Over Symbols
by Richard Martyn-Hemphill and Henrik Pryser Libell
>March 17, 2018
>RUNTUNA, Sweden — The cries of “Hell!” “Hell!” ringing out across a snow-clad landscape attracted a curious crowd of weekend tobogganers. At the foot of an ancient Viking burial mound, one of the prime sledding spots near the Swedish village of Runtuna, a circular gathering of pagan worshipers was completing a sacrificial ceremony.
>The religious service involved a wooden hammer held aloft, various invocations to Norse deities and ceremonial drinking from two large black horns, one brimming with beer, the other with nonalcoholic mead. Two women led the service, which honored female Norse gods and spirits.
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>Per Lundberg, a spokesman for Forn Sed, pointed out that symbols are always open to interpretation, as he showed a wooden Thor’s hammer that was fashioned in a more phallic shape than other iterations
>Strong pushback has come from many corners of the Nordic countries, whether from sports fans or grass-roots organizations like “Vikings Against Racism.”
>Vikings “symbolize everything about Northern Europeans,” said Haakon Forwald, a spokesman for the Norwegian chapter of the group. “We are adventurous, we take risks and settle where no man would dare to settle"
>Formed in 2014, and granted its status as an official religious organization in 2016, the group claims to have over 800 members and is currently raising funds for a pagan temple, which Mr. Sonevang said would be the first in Sweden in over 1,000 years
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