Monolithic Vikings?: The Variation of Christian-Pagan Interaction seen in Viking Age Monuments
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This thesis examines the presence of Christianity within the Viking Age as seen on runic monuments in mainland Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, and Norway) and the United Kingdom. Using syncretic theory, the symbols and inscriptions on these monuments are examined and the environments in which the monuments were created are analyzed. This reveals a broad and varied acceptance and rejection of Christian ideals and may uncover early moments of Christian-Pagan interactions where the religions were intricately combined. Additionally, the case studies in this theory highlight the wide-spread nature of the Viking people by examining presences of foreign cultures’ symbols and narrative themes. Ultimately, the cases studies and analysis add to the on-going discussion of syncretism and religion in the Viking Age and assist in the breakdown of popularly held stereotypes regarding both Christianity and the Vikings.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2017
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