Vikings and Nazism = like cat and dog

What I have never fully understand is why the Nazis in Sweden (and in the rest of the Nordic region? I don’t know) required sole right on using Viking and Ásatrú symbols during the 90s. For me that is pretty strange. Sure thing, I can understand that they want to build up some sort of glorious historical common ground for “das Folk” to lean upon, but couldn’t they have double checked the Vikings credibility for Nazi-admiration before occupying the labels and symbols of this beautiful, international and unreserved culture?

The Viking religion, Ásarú, is built upon a cautiousness and skepticism towards authorities and other forms of supremacy, and their whole culture was highly international. Such things as having sea-going experiences, urbanity and familiarity with the ways of the world were highly regarded qualities during this time. In fact, maybe not that different from or own time.

When we look at jewelery from this period, we can also see that fashion almost always included a foreign touch. To go abroad and by plundering or trading achieve certain rare products like silk, golden rings and other fashion gadgets, was of great importance! To be fashion minded was to be aware of customs down south for instance from the Arab world or from the Celts. All these different patterns of expression of culture were then to be mixed together as a statement on yourself (most often through status symbols like brooches and expensive swords) for being an interesting, brave and explorative man. A real Viking!

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This blog belongs to Carl-Mikael A. Teglund - tegis. Swedish emigrant with a heart for languages, philosophy, history, and politics (classical liberalism in the European tradition). Go ahead and look, read, or listen. I'm sure you will find it interesting.
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