Sheeps and goats in Norse paganism

Kristina Jennbert

Sheep and goats are some of the most important animals in prehistoric
Scandinavia. The habitus of the animals was used and transformed into
cultural categories. Owing to their important and long-term utility they
were ritualised during the pre-Christian periods. The role of these animals
and the attitudes towards them in and beyond Norse paganism is
discussed with habitus perspectives applied to the animals themselves
and to the fi eld of modern research.