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Were There Atheist Vikings? Exploring “The Godless Ones”

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Discussing the stories around what may have been Viking Atheists. The stories around them, their beliefs, and how they may have lived.

Further Reading:
– Myth and Religion of the North by EOG Turville-Petre (contains a chapter on the Godless Ones)
– Heimskringla’s Saga of Saint Olaf
– The Tale of Thorvald Tasaldi
– Ketill’s Saga / The Saga of Ketill Trout
– The Saga of Finnbogi the Strong (another tale of a Godless One)
– Plutarch’s Moralia (Loeb Classical Library publication vol. 2 ends with Plutarch’s discussion on Superstition)
– Saga of King Hrolf Kraki

music by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio

00:00 – Intro

00:26 – Defining an Atheist
02:52 – Ketill the Consent Viking
05:55 – Plutarch’s Atheism vs Superstition
08:48 – Christian Influence in the Sagas
11:35 – The Godless Ones
17:39 – Conclusion

Posted on August 3, 2021 by A.J. Drew
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