posted on Aug, 16 2012 @ 03:21 PM
reply to post by smyleegrl
Are you thinking that perhaps it was a mass suicide? Or partial ritualistic murder and partial suicide? That's interesting.....lots to consider....
That's what got me to digging. It is hard to imagine more than 200 mighty Viking warriors saying, "OK, we really screwed the pooch, fellas. Let's
kneel on down here and allow ourselves to be hacked to death".
The short answer to your question is, 'I have no idea'. But I always enjoy an opportunity, like the one presented in your OP, to try and get my head
around ancient cultures and especially what made their societies tick. I am a novice when it comes to what it takes to understand that but I have made
a few observations as I've tried to keep up.
I have been left with the impression that peoples in ancient cultures and societies had a much closer relationship than we do with the concept that
human lives are a powerful commodity, in fact the ultimate symbol of commerce, when it came to changing the direction of society and even the 'will of
the Gods'. That somehow, the awareness of the power of giving one's life to correct some deficit in society or in society's relationship with the
Gods, was more prevalent in our ancient ancestors.
For instance, in the story of Iphigenia in Aulis
, the sacrifice of Iphigenia is
by society. Some mechanism must be leveled, and even Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, cannot stop it, even though he is willing to
try. Iphigenia knows this.
It is this knowledge of how society can somehow be corrected through death that is the part that stands out for me, and the seeming ever-readiness of
our ancient brothers and sisters to cast off their flesh when society and the God's demanded it that keeps me trying to understand.
So it is with that in mind that I do not find it impossible that these may be examples of mass Viking
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