Saturday, 25 November 2017

Museum Mission (Stockholm): Vikingaliv

 Oh, I didn't expect the surprise on the bottom floor! That is very nice - only one more museum in town offers something similar. I better keep this secret and yo go discover yourself, of course. 
 Vikingaliv has been missing in Stockholm, and ought to attract plenty of people in the summer. It is not overfilled with information and is very interactive, so you will have a nice time with friends as well as on your own for 1.5h tops.
 I appreciate humour in all innovative forms.
 Two myths or perceptions are good to debunk. One: Vikings never had horns on their helmets, that is a heritage from an 1800's theatre play. Second, most didn't go fighting - they stayed at home and kept working with the household, taking care of the cattle and other necessities.
Some women were "völvor" - priestesses that could predict the weather or make two lovers go separate ways. 
And "window" actually comes from the Swedish "vindöga", eye for the wind. I remembered this from high school!
Found between Vasamuseet and Skansen, one could say.

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