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    A Scandinavian viking priest known as a Gothi leading the people in sacrificing to an idol of Thor in this painting by Johan Ludwig Lund



    • Liz Burnside

      n the 1st Millennium AD, the weekly feast dedicated to the Viking god Odin was a very lively and popular communal celebration in Britain and Scandinavia, and the church found it almost impossible to stop people enjoying it. In AD 732, in an attempt to wipe out the practice, Pope Gregory III instructed Boniface to forbid the highly-prized food that was at the heart of this ‘pagan’ festival – horsemeat.

    • Tara Celebrations

      The blót was a Norse pagan sacrifice to the Norse gods and the spirits of the land. The sacrifice often took the form of a sacramental meal or feast. Related religious practices were performed by other Germanic peoples, such as the pagan Anglo-Saxons. The blót element of horse sacrifice is found throughout Indo-European traditions, including the Indian, Celtic and Latin traditions. The autumn blót was performed in the middle of October (about four weeks after the autumn equinox).

    • Mike Hocanson

      Viking Feast | Norse rituals - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    • Joseph Finley

      A Norse priest (godi) leading the people in a sacrifice to Thor

    • Roran Kendal

      norse paganism priest or Gothi

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