August 14, 2013

Keeping Your Nordic Roots Alive For Future Generations

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The Power of Oratory Communication And Story Telling
The way a culture transcends through the ages is by communication. In this sense, story telling is a rich and rewarding aspect of keeping a culture alive. In anthropological terms, a culture dissipates when it has assimilated or appropriated into a new culture. For instance, a culture is broken up when it no longer practices its native language or cultural heritage. In this sense, telling stories about myths, legends and actual events will help inspire future generations to keep the spirit of a culture alive.Check out this (more…)

June 27, 2013

Scandinavian Customs From Past To Present

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The rich and varied traditions of Scandinavia have some very old roots. One of the most important of Scandinavian customs is the midsummer celebration that takes place on or near the annual summer solstice.

Like many solstice celebrations, the Scandinavian celebration goes back to ancient, pagan times. Many of the old nature rituals were connected to planting and potential harvest.

These days, the midsummer celebration plays out in different though similar ways in different Scandinavian countries. Bonfires are a common element in (more…)

May 12, 2013

Famous Viking Warriors and Kings Of Norway

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Learning more about the most famous and influential Viking warriors and Norse kings can be a very rewarding subject of study. For those who have an interest in the culture and history of the region, are seeking to trace the roots of their family tree or simply wish to learn more about the world they live in, choosing to make use of the best educational resources and opportunities can make a considerable difference. Lacking access to the best educational resources could limit the results of your efforts and leave you without (more…)

March 25, 2013

Nordic Heritage: It’s More Than Vikings

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As soon as most people hear Nordic, their first thoughts are vikings. While vikings are an exciting part of Nordic history and culture, there are many other important and interesting aspects. While the Nordic nations share much of their history and some of their culture, they each have their own unique qualities as well.

for example, after the age of the vikings, some of the countries grew as kingdoms, with Sweden eventually becoming an empire. Sweden controlled most of the Nordic lands during the (more…)

June 12, 2012

Viking Warriors And Kings In History

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When we think of the word “Viking” all sorts of images immediately spring to mind of burly Nordic warriors with horned helmets wielding axes aboard longboats. While a lot of that imagery comes from movies and television, and not all of it is accurate, the image of the Viking is one that is immediately recognizable and instantly feared. In the time between the late 8th century until the end of the 11th century, that image was one you did not want to see bearing down upon your village. But some images were not accurate for Vikings, who did (more…)

August 27, 2011

True Adventures: Historic Voyages Of The Vikings

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The Vikings have a rich history when it comes to exploration. A lot of people know they’ve plundered different territories such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland/Greenland. However, studies show that in fact they did reach as far as North America. There’s a very interesting diversity within the Vikings. Although, they are more agricultural type of people, they did become astute with trading, piracy and mercenary activities. In Central Europe, a lot of Scandinavians in the Viking Age created settlements along (more…)

August 24, 2011

Researching Your Nordic Or Norse Roots

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For those commencing research of their Nordic Or Norse Roots it is important to know that the seafaring Vikings celebrated Nordic cultural heritage and history are of a tradition of Scandinavian ‘clan’.

Stemming from a tradition distinct in orientation from the Scottish clans whom were sovereigns of named territories, the Scandinavian clan’s obligation to honour persisted in family name and acceptance into the group. Derivation of Viking surnames typically conclude with a –ung or -ing at the end.

Due to the fact that Scandinavian societies tended to retain impeccable legal records (more…)

August 20, 2011

Scandinavian Holiday Traditions To Share With Your Family

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Most people are proud of their Scandinavian heritage and whether they consider themselves Swedish, Danish, Finish or Norwegian they know they have a rich history of Vikings and strong forefathers. Many people in the United States will never be able to travel to one of these Countries, but they know that their blood line includes some strong people from these Countries and they like to brag by wearing t-shirts that might have one of the Scandinavian flags on (more…)

August 7, 2011

Your Denmark Viking Trip

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Denmark was once a hotbed for Viking activity and people have been visiting for centuries to learn more about the fabled warriors. If you’re thinking of taking a trip this year there’s never been a better time. Use your http://get.wildblue.com/ internet to find great flight deals and tour packages and don’t forget to hit up these great Viking landmarks:
Viking Center – Located in Jutland (Ribe) the Viking Center was once the center of all activities for this community including (more…)

June 20, 2011

Norwegian Customs of the Past and Present

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Norway is a country that is located in Northern Europe. One of the many things that this country is known for is its customs. Norwegians greet other people with a smile, firm handshake and direct eye-contact. They also shake hands with people that they meet for the first time and when they say good-bye. Norwegians also have a custom of bringing a gift when they go to someone else’s home. They also do not believe in giving (more…)