A burial in France from the Iron-Age housing a Celtic Princes belongings including an ornate cauldron. For many, especially in America, St. Paddy's Day is a day to let lose, get drunk, and get crazy. There's something of a negative stereotype to the Irish and drinking, but the tradition goes back way before
We already know that you can drink like a viking, but can you offer up a toast worthy of such a great warrior? For the Norse, toasts were pretty damn important. They were a way of celebrating your fellow warriors, your gods, your hearth, and your kin, so you better get it right. Here's how:
Ever wake up from a bender feeling wiser than the day before? Does that wisdom often come with pain? Chances are, like Odin before you, you may have had an encounter with the great ash tree Yggrasil. Yggdrasil is a symbol rooted deeply in the minds of humanity. Nearly every culture has some sort of
When last we left our not-so heroes in Mead of Poetry, Odin the Allfather has disguised himself and indebted Suttung’s brother, Baugi, to him in order to get a chance at Suttung’s mead, made from the blood of the first poet Kvasir by a pair of murderous dwarves. [Check out the first part of the
When last we left the Mead of Poetry, it was in the hands of the two murderous dwarfs, Galar and Fialar, who had made it with the blood of the first poet, Kvasir. The dwarves had become emboldened by their murder spree, and went on to attract the attention of the great giant, Suttung, after
Everyone needs a friend like Ægir-- and if you don’t have one-- congratulations! You probably are the spiritual Ægir of your crew, which means you’re a true goddamn rockstar. You see, Ægir was known among his fellow Norse gods for two main things: beastly brews and killer ragers. Which means he’s the sort of god
The Minnesota Vikings couldn't very well play in a brand new stadium without also creating a brand new Gjallarhorn, which is the official replacement of the horn that shattered in the cold last year. The new Sounding Horn is hung high from the ceiling, and in keeping with tradition, will welcome the Vikings onto the
"Swedish Midsummer is a holiday devoted to eating, drinking, dancing, and assorted Pagan rituals," says the hilarious "Swedish Midsummer for Dummies" video found on Sweden's YouTube channel. Where do we sign up? While this holiday is the biggest one of the year in Sweden, it hasn't made much of an impact in North America (yet),
The longest day of the year has been a celebration all over the world for longer than we can possibly know, which makes this a special time to connect with the earth and our collective human heritage. This year, the summer solstice coincided with a full moon, a rare occurrence that hasn't happened since 1967.
At my local box store, the swimming pool stuff just got moved to the front of the store, so you know what that meas - IT'S CAMPING SEASON! But this year, I don't want to do the whole "glamping" (glamour camping) thing. That's so 2015. Let's make 2016 the year of "vamping" - Viking camping!