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Were the Vikings barbarians?

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posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 11:15 PM
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posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 11:18 PM
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Guess we'll never know!



posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 11:20 PM
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Barbarians comes from the mentality that a society or culture of people are uneducated and split into tribes of people. Vikings were far from!



posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 11:21 PM
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Yikes! I posted already.
The Vikings might have produced some great art, but they were barbarians when it came to empire building.



posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 11:23 PM
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Nomads have no need for empire! So we integrate into other kingdoms after being paid off with land of our own!



posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 11:26 PM
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I'm not gonna argue with this guy, he knows his stuff.



posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 11:34 PM
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The desire for empire was when true evil entered our world. But it was there before this happened



posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 11:50 PM
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All empires are meant to crumble... even those that seem indestructible must crumble in time of the great re-work.



posted on Feb, 3 2014 @ 11:55 PM
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Does good art make a people not barbaric? That is what heard. I don't believe it.



posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 12:11 AM
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if a single ATS user claps with one hand in the forest, does it make a sound?

Not when there isn't an OP



posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 01:50 AM
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Just responding to the title, I would say that no, they were not barbarians. They had some of the most advanced tools, navigational equipment and methods, and many of the women folk that they took from lands like Britain, actually came willingly, rather than the traditional image of them being dragged off by the scruff of the neck, bleeding from a head wound.

The Viking males were, aside from being frequently covered in the blood of their enemies, well groomed, smelled and looked, much more well kept than their British counterparts at the time. They would wash their hair and put herbal ointments in it to keep it clean for longer. Plus, all the rowing that they did, made them strong, fast, and tough, which back in the day would have been very appealing to the ladies as well.

Also, women had a much more important role in Viking culture than in most European cultures at the time. The Vikings were also the producers of some of the most ancient works of written story telling in Northern Europe. These are not the markers of a barbarian horde, but of a warrior culture. You also have to remember that the Vikings were mostly farmers, who just so happened to have a habit of getting into a boat every so often, heaving off across the sea, and planting high poundage swords and axes through some faces. Their reasons for doing so were much better than some groups had at the time.

Their culture however, was too rich, and their methods and tools too advanced, to call them barbarians.



posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 06:10 AM
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Vikings were Heathens, Barbarians are their own thing and not geographically close to the other.



posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 09:02 AM
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Vikings weren't a people , but a religious ' condition '. Norsemen ' went Viking ' for various reasons , but all at least marginally religious.

Crusaders , Jihadists , Vikings... could be all sorts of groups within these generalities.

2cents



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