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Crazy Things You Didn't Know About Vikings' Sex Lives
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Vikings in popular culture are often viewed as the brutes of the Dark Ages, robbing, raping and pillaging people and goods. However, an analysis of their personal lives shows a much different side. Family life was important to Norse men, and every proper, upstanding Viking aimed to marry and have children. And although their parents arranged their marriages, Norsemen liked to court their ladies- and made a special effort to impress with their appearance. In fact, Norse customs of love, marriage, and sex set a high standard in their time- and some even survive to this day. Here are just eight facts about sex, love, and marriage in the Viking era.
Sex in the Viking Age
Thingvellir National Park in Iceland. With its incredible landscape, friendly people, and cheap flights, Iceland has become a popular tourist destination among millennials. Although, if any found themselves in Reykjavik and took a trip to the National Museum of Iceland, they might find a display there with an interesting statistic. After analyzing the DNA of modern Icelanders, scientists have been able to come up with a fairly accurate idea of what the founding population of the country looked like. But based on the mitochondrial DNA, which is only passed down in the female line, we know that over half of the female settlers were Celtic , meaning they came from Ireland, Scotland, and the northwestern islands of Britain.
Have you ever wondered how our Viking ancestors viewed and practised sex? Viking women could choose from various suitors and move on if not sexually satisfied. In comparison to the rest of Europe at that time, Scandinavian women were very privileged in regards to their freedom and happiness. They could also divorce later on in married life if their husband was no longer satisfactory in the bedroom department.