A new discovery has shed light on the religion of Vikings.
Often hailed as the epitome of white strength and power, some of the Vikings may actually have worshiped Gods from the far East.
A viking grave containing funeral clothes spelling out the words “Allah” have been found in Sweden, suggesting that worship of the Muslim god was present in some viking communities.
The discovery was made by Dr. Annika Larsson, an archaeologist specializing in textiles.
She commented on the discovery, saying:
“A giddying thought is that the bands, as well as the costumes, were produced west of what was the Muslim heartland,”
This has strengthened a theory which suggests some vikings who lived in the Malar Valley in Sweden settled here because of ties with the Silk Road, traveling through Russia.
It was already known that vikings traded goods and services with the far East, but this is the first time a stronger connection has been made.
Dr Larsson said:
“My opinion is that those who wore the fabrics must have understood the symbolism,” and “But certainly, the person who wove the fabrics could read and write and knew what the characters meant.”
“Viking burial customs were very likely influenced by Islam and the idea of an eternal life in paradise.”
The discovery of this connection between the vikings and Islam has angered advocates of white supremacy, who voiced their disdain with the link on various social media sites.
One twitter user outright denied that the viking found wearing the garment was a Muslim, and that they must have been wearing it for another reason.
While this is not solid proof that this particular viking was a follower of Islam, the strong connection cannot be denied.
The vikings were very particular about burials and the afterlife, it seems unfeasible that a garment would accidentally be invited into the afterlife.
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