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    Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals

    Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals



    More than a millennium ago in what’s now southeastern Sweden, a wealthy Viking warrior was laid to rest, in a resplendent grave filled with swords, arrowheads, and two sacrificed horses. The site reflected the ideal of Viking male warrior life, or so many archaeologists had thought.


    New DNA analyses of the bones, however, confirm a revelatory find: the grave belonged to a woman.


    The study, published recently in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, sends ripples of surprise through archaeologists’ understanding of the Vikings, medieval seafarers who traded and raided across Europe for centuries. (Explore how Vikings really lived in National Geographic magazine.)

    "It was held up before as kind of the ‘ideal’ Viking male warrior grave,”
    says Baylor University archaeologist Davide Zori, who wasn’t involved with the research. “[The new study] goes to the heart of archaeological interpretation: that we’ve always mapped on our idea of what gender roles were.”


    Viking lore had long hinted that not all warriors were men. One early tenth-century Irish text tells of Inghen Ruaidh (“Red Girl”), a female warrior who led a Viking fleet to Ireland. And Zori notes that numerous Viking sagas, such as the 13th-century Saga of the Volsungs, tell of “shield-maidens” fighting alongside male warriors.


    But some archaeologists had considered these female warriors to be merely mythological embellishments—a belief colored by modern expectations of gender roles.

    Rest of article : http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2...chaeology-spd/

    Did the infamous " Shield Maidens" actually exist?

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    There is one expert that raises doubts about that interpretation. By, among things pointing to lack of injuries on the bones. And of course that raises the question if it was the grave of a warior at all.

    But even if it is, that would mean that only a very small percentage of the so called graves where for those who where women. Which is much lower then what was claimed by some feminists a few years ago.
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    Coincidentally, Lauren Southern just did a video on this.

    According to Science

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Vinlander View Post
    Coincidentally, Lauren Southern just did a video on this.

    According to Science
    Varg also did a video on this to.

    Female Viking Warriors?
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    The way the woman is laid down on her side in a curved posture, in a sleeping position, is curious.

    I would expect a warrior to be buried stretched out and straight. Like in real life, erect and towering. In an imposing posture, resembling his being alive.

    In a sleeping position is something unwarriorlike.

    It seems the early interpretation that there was a warrior buried was most likely based on the sword and the axe.

    That might also have been signs for ruling. The sword was used at the Thing as a sign of justice.

    The sword had also spiritual meaning. It presented the spirit/mind cutting through all kinds of problems, separating the weak from the strong. As the sword had to be hammered numerous time, heated and cooled down until it is unbendable and can hit without breaking itrepresents the Warriors life. Tyr is connected to swords, his name was invocatec always twice when in connection to the sword.

    The axe as a symbol is not known to me.

    The game which was found with her is interpreted the way, that it was her who made strategic decisions. I think it is a bit far fetched. (Would be interesting what kind of game it was.

    We know from the Viking ship burial described by an Arab, that the chief had a Kebsweib, a woman he slept with, which agreed to die to be with him. Also his horse had been slaughtered and was burned with the ship and Kebsweib.

    To my knowledge 'shield maiden' had a more sexual and derogative undertone. Meaning most likely the women were lose women and not excactly in the business of fighting and war. Most likely there was no woman who could fight with an axe, as the enormous strength and ferocity of the warrior could most likely not have been matched by a woman.

    My guess is that she was buried with her man, in a sleeping position as that is what she most likely did with her man, who for some reason isn't in the grave.
    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ocko View Post
    The way the woman is laid down on her side in a curved posture, in a sleeping position, is curious.

    I would expect a warrior to be buried stretched out and straight. Like in real life, erect and towering. In an imposing posture, resembling his being alive.

    In a sleeping position is something unwarriorlike.
    Most Pagan burials they buried on their sides in a sleeping position for men as well as women. It is a Cristian thing to lay the body on its back.
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    Might be true for non warriors.

    Here an image of a Viking burial in Ireland



    The sword on the right side. right like in Recht (law) righteous= gerecht, gericht (court)etc.
    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    Here a Saxon warrior

    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    Here the instructions Brunhilde gave for Sigurds funeral

    Því at hánum fylgja
    fimm ambáttir,
    átta þjónar,
    eðlum góðir,
    fóstrman mitt
    ok faðerni,
    þat er Buðli gaf
    barni sínu.[16]

    Bond-women five
    shall follow him,
    And eight of my thralls,
    well-born are they,
    Children with me,
    and mine they were
    As gifts that Budhli
    his daughter gave.[17]
    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    If it is a female, then it's not as if this causes the entire existence of the Viking male to be called into question, which is what it sounds like NG is gunning for.

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