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Barbarian Rites: The Spiritual World of the Vikings and the Germ
Discover the untamed paganism of the Vikings and the Germanic tribes prior to the complete Christianization of Europe - Explores the different forms of magic practiced by these tribes, including runic magic, necromancy (death magic), soul-travel, and shape-shifting - Examines their rites of passage and initiation rituals and their most important gods, such as Odin, Loki, and Thor - Looks at barbarian magic in historical accounts, church and assembly records, and mythology as well as an eyewitness report from a 10th-century Muslim diplomat - Reveals the use and abuse of this tradition's myths and magic by the Nazis Before the conversion of Europe to Christianity in the Middle Ages, Germanic tribes roamed the continent, plundering villages and waging battles to seek the favor of Odin, their god of war, ecstasy, and magic. Centuries later, predatory Viking raiders from Scandinavia carried on similar traditions. These wild 'barbarians' had a system of social classes and familial clans with complex spirit

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