Herland Report: Herland Report host for the TV series on YouTube about Norse Viking Culture and Raw Viking Power, Hanne Nabintu Herland speaks to author Lars Magnar Enoksen about Norse Religion, spiritual Runes, Glima wrestling and the old Scandinavian belief in Odin, Thor and the gods. Watch it here!
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Author Lars Magnar Enoksen says: “In the Norse Viking culture both sexes had equal powers and the women were strong and independent.”
“The spiritual values, the blood sacrifice and “seidur” – the sexual magic – and “galdur” – the screaming which craft was strong and excellent to hurt other people.”
He is a celebrated Viking era expert and Glima wrestling Master that travels the world speaking about the Viking Age Culture.
His emphasis is on Runes, the Norse Religion and the Nordic traditional fighting style Glima.
Enoksen represents some of the ideals within the modern Viking focus on heathen rituals.
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Enoksen says: “The spiritual aspects are very important because mostly people tend to speak about the interesting mythology and its stories, but it is this spiritual values that are clearly magical with the Norse culture.
The spiritual aspect with the blood sacrifice and “seidur” – the sexual magic – and the “galdur” – the screaming which craft is remarkable, it is actually is excellent to hurt other people.”
“The Vikings trained with “glima” wrestling and fighting. They were very well trained, but they also had the spiritual power, so that gave them extra strength.”
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- Viking King of Norway, Harald Hardrada and Orthodox Christianity in Scandinavia.
“The blood is one of the most powerful liquids in the spiritual world. When they sacrificed the animals, they drank the blood to get the power from the animal. They also boiled it. It was called “sauda”. When they boiled it, it would be more like a sauna, like a sweat lodge.”[pullquote]“In the Norse Viking culture both sexes had equal powers and the women were strong and independent. They could choose the lovers that they wanted, says Master in Glima wrestling, author on the Norse, heathen and “norrøn” religion, Lars Magnar Enoksen.”[/pullquote]
“So people were sweating, taking off their clothes and had raw, animalistic sex together to get this power from the gods. It was a culture, a spiritual culture where they worship the possibility of what a body can do and also it is lifted to a spiritual level.”
“So, even when hunting, killing a bull or a wolf or even some of the birds, the eagles and the falcons, it was the blood of these animals that made them more brave, more powerful.”
“We should not forget that in the Viking culture, women and men were on equal levels. Women did the fighting and the hunting too. There were the “shield maidens” and Valkyries.”
“It was a culture when both sexes had equal power and the women were strong and independent. They could choose the lovers that they wanted.”
Glima Master, author, Lars Magnar Enoksen says: “It was only the best warriors that that went to Valhalla. They were chosen by the Valkyries. They were at the battles and chose those fighters that were best, for them to die.”
“It was also a way for the Viking culture to explain why also great fighters died in the battle. When it came to Valhalla, Freya, the goddess of lust, she took half of the warriors to the women’s place.”
“The other half went to Odin where they were eating a pork, flesh, meat to prepare for the last battle when they were going to die together with the gods.”
“When you see how the Vikings saw Odin, he was a lot like a sorcerer, a Shaman, a God of poetry, a “skald”. It was said that the way Odin spoke is what we call poetry now. If you can speak in a certain way, because the poetry in the Viking age had 101 different meters. One is the “galdur”, it is only repetitive, you repeat the beginning phrase like a mantra to gain more powers.”
“You actually chant and say what you want to become, that kind of poetry. Like you say in the modern music, it is the same idea. It is also because you desire something, to get something. You want to become invincible so no one can hurt you. You want to travel.”
“With the “galdur” you can actually go to another place and act out something what you want, you are able to do that.”
“The Nordic people at the time were famous because they have so many democratic laws and equality between the sexes, but yes, it was a brutal culture, because they have blood revenge and so on.”
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