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Old 11-05-2011, 02:19 PM   #34
knightofthegrail
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Originally Posted by drakul View Post
Actually I was referring to a Persian traveler who wrote of the practice of human sacrifice among the vikings of Scandinavia - Ahmad ibn Rustah -

As for the RUS, they live on an island (Scandinavia)… that takes three days to walk round and is covered with thick undergrowth and forests; … They harry the Slavs, using ships to reach them; they carry them off as slaves and … sell them. They have no fields but simply live on what they get from the Slav's lands …

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn_Rustah

But what does it matter what pagan ethnic group? Nearly ALL of them did it. We are talking about recorded practices of pagan human sacrifice. Herodotus wrote about it extensively in 500BC He describes how the Massagetae not only sacrificed their old parents, but ate them! And that's just one example.
I dont recall Rustah mentioning the threefold death, that was in Fadlan iirc, but as to what does it matter.... It matters because you cannot look at one culture and assume all others had identical practices.

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The Lindow Man was but one example of the remains of the BOG PEOPLE - found all over Europe, from Britain to human sacrifices who suffered the Triple Death - the idea being to make them suffer as much as possible.

Over the past centuries, remains of many hundreds of people--men, women, and children--have come to light during peat cutting activities in northwestern Europe, especially in Ireland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, northern Germany, and Denmark.

These are the "bog bodies." The individual bog bodies show a great degree of variation in their state of preservation, from skeletons, to well-preserved complete bodies, to isolated heads and limbs. They range in date from 8000 B.C. to the early medieval period.

http://www.archaeology.org/online/features/bog/
Which implies they may well be a commonality in Celtic culture but then, regardless of what the new agers would have you believe, the celts were not the be-all and end-all of iron age europe.

Yes sacrifice was certainly practiced, no this does not mean we needed Christianity to turn up and correct us, thankyou.
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