“Lo, there do I see my father. Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers.
So you want a Hollywood style- Viking funeral ? Although having a ‘Hollywood style’ Viking funeral would be logistically impossible and completely illegal, having an authentic Viking funeral is actually legal . Cremation or burial on land or sea to emulate Viking funeral rites and customs is a real possibility in the USA.
Most Vikings were sent to the afterlife in one of two ways—cremation or burial . Cremation (often upon a funeral pyre) was particularly common among the earliest Vikings, who were fiercely pagan and believed the fire’s smoke would help carry the deceased to their afterlife.
The ” prayer ” is a part of the ritual described by the real Ibn Fadlan where a slave girl/concubine of a deceased Rus chieftain is about to be sacrificed to accompany her master to the grave. It is not used by any of the Rus warriors themselves.
Originally a Norse greeting, “heil og sæl” had the form “heill ok sæll” when addressed to a man and “heil ok sæl” when addressed to a woman. Other versions were “ver heill ok sæll” (lit. be healthy and happy) and simply “heill” (lit. healthy).
Skol (written “skål” in Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish and “skál” in Faroese and Icelandic or “skaal” in transliteration of any of those languages) is the Danish-Norwegian-Swedish word for “cheers”, or “good health”, a salute or a toast, as to an admired person or group.
When someone dies, they don’t feel things anymore, so they don’t feel any pain at all.” If they ask what cremation means, you can explain that they are put in a very warm room where their body is turned into soft ashes—and again, emphasize that it is a peaceful, painless process.
Kirkpatrick says clothing is optional. “If there’s been a traditional funeral, the bodies are cremated in the clothing . When there’s just a direct cremation without a service or viewing, they’re cremated in whatever they passed away in — pajamas or a hospital gown or a sheet.”
Caskets and The Law No state law requires use of a casket for burial or cremation. If a burial vault is being used, there is no inherent requirement to use a casket . A person can be directly interred in the earth, in a shroud, or in a vault without a casket .
Did they actually have tattoos though? It is widely considered fact that the Vikings and Northmen in general, were heavily tattooed . However, historically, there is only one piece of evidence that mentions them actually being covered in ink.
The dead were burnt or buried in their daily clothes, and are usually buried along with his or her personal belongings. Sometimes the dead were buried lying in a boat or a wagon. Some Viking graves contain horses; this could also be a method of fulfilling the transportation needs of the dead .
The concept of dying with sword in hand was an over-simplification of what Northern belief held to be the keys to gaining entry to Odin’s High Hall. Only warriors of honorable bearing would be admitted, as they would be the Einherjar, Odin’s first-rank warriors in the great battle to come, Ragnarok.
(What they are actually speaking, in fact, is Norwegian , which is a descendant of Old Norse tongues and convenient for the filmmakers because it was the native language of many of the actors.) Herger and Ibn Fadlan: “Come on, little brother.”
Based on Eaters of the Dead, a 1974 novel by Michael Crichton, the story combines two intriguing sources. One is the real-life adventure of Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan, an Arab poet who traveled north to the Viking lands in the 10th century.