Monday 15 December 2014

Book Review: Gods & Worshippers in the Viking & Germanic World by Thor Ewing

Title: Gods & Worshippers in the Viking & Germanic World
Author: Thor Ewing
Publisher: History Press

Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
Genre: History / Myth
Source: Birthday Gift
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What was paganism really like? Who were the gods and how were they worshipped? Thor Ewing uncovers the world and the worldview of our pagan ancestors. In particular he looks at Viking and Germanic paganism, drawing on archaeological evidence as well as their myths and poetry. He analyzes their gods and the realities of pagan worship such as temples, sacred groves, and magical practices, considers their beliefs concerning the dead and funerary rites, and examines the interaction between paganism and Christianity in England, Ireland, Scandinavia, and Russia. In conclusion the author argues that over many centuries paganism was a vital tradition open to continual change.

Gods & Worshippers is a very engaging and interesting read that combines surviving writings with archeological evidence to present a picture of how worship may have been conducted in the Viking world. Very approachable, with plenty of references for further reading, this book will appeal to scholars, casual readers and practicing heathens alike.


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