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Les Vikings: Berserkers, Blood Eagle & réputation

 
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PostPosted: Mon 20 Apr 2015 - 20:42    Post subject: Les Vikings: Berserkers, Blood Eagle & réputation Reply with quote

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Pour ceux qui en doutaient encore, il paraît que les Vikings ne sont pas plus sanguinaires que les autres mais avaient juste une sale réputation !
Récits à l'appui et étude des contradictions permettent d'arriver à cette conclusion :

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Winroth is among the scholars who believe the Vikings were no more bloodthirsty than other warriors of the period. But they suffered from bad public relations—in part because they attacked a society more literate than their own, and therefore most accounts of them come from their victims. Moreover, because the Vikings were pagan, they played into a Christian story line that cast them as a devilish, malign, outside force.


Mais le plus intéressant n'est pas là, l'article s'attaque encore à la pratique des aigles de sang en remettant en cause leur existence avec pour base une erreur de traduction :

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Skaldic poetry is full of birds, including eagles, that feast on the bodies of one's enemies. Through dubious grammatical readings, the authors of the Scandinavian sagas, written centuries after the Viking raids, turned an eagle cutting into a man's back into an eagle being carved on the back. Further embellishments and creative license took flight from that first error.


Et on s'attaque même aux fameux Beserkers qui, s'il n'est pas nié qu'ils eussent pu exister, ont peut-être été bien plus que "simplement" romancés :

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Winroth also wants us to rethink the berserkers, the supposedly near-psychopathic warriors in the front line of Viking attacks said to be immune to pain and possibly high on psychotropic mushrooms. The more colorful accounts add that they chewed on their shields and ate burning coals. But Winroth argues that references to berserkers first appear in the poetry of 13th- and 14th-century Iceland, and they are plainly described as people who lived "once upon a time."



http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/09/140926-vikings-norse-raidin…
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PostPosted: Thu 30 Apr 2015 - 19:59    Post subject: Les Vikings: Berserkers, Blood Eagle & réputation Reply with quote

Cool! Ça dépoussière les étagères^^
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