The worlds lie open for the sons of Gods. Hallucinogenics and Norse Heathenism

  How likely is it that the pre-Christian Norsemen use hallucinogenic plants in their rituals, or the gonzo version: Did “The Vikings” get high on magic mushrooms? Shamanism both modern and ancient is also a practice which has a great deal of interest among modern western populations. Spiritual traditions of pre-Christian European peoples are of real interest to modern Europeans and the diaspora with much ink shed on the subject. I am aware that other writers on European traditions have tackled on this issue but I have chosen not to refer to their work in this field relying instead on the source material, archaeology and supporting work done in anthropology and works on shamanism in general. What is known about the Pre-Christian (henceforth Heathen) beliefs of Northern Europe? Well enough exists to make evidenced assertions and yet there is so little evidence that most assertions can be reasonably refuted. Both shield maidens and Berserks can be evidenced from sagas and histories yet both can be easily dismissed as embellishments and works of fantasy. Human belief, ritual and spiritual outlook is a slippery enough subject even in modern literate times, we are dealing with a culture which ended a thousand years and more before our time, whose stories were written down by people who did not share their beliefs and lived themselves hundreds of years after the last heathen societies converted. There was a pantheon of Aryan (we’re taking that word back!) Gods worshiped across the Eurasian world. In the North … read more....

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