ARCHAEOLOGY FUN FACTS: THE BLOOD EAGLE RITUAL
Ready for an #Archaeology themed #inktober?! In collaboration with fellow deaf archaeologist, @downanddirtywithnaomi, we wanted to bring the archaeology community together by doing this fun challenge throughout the month! This week’s prompt is #AncientRituals!
➡️ Check the next post for the illustration of the Blood Eagle ritual! ⬅️
➡️ CONTENT WARNING: GORY AND BLOOD ⬅️
If you like watching historical fiction television shows, then you might have seen the Season 2, Episode 7 of Vikings where they did the Blood Eagle ritual and wondered: IS THIS TRUE?!
⚒ Well………. This is still up for discussion! ⚒
Vikings were notoriously known for their sagas; prose stories, tales, and histories and where the first accounts of the blood eagle ritual were told. In the Norse Literature, the victims were the noblespeople, Prince Halfdan and King Aella.
What exactly is the Blood Eagle ritual? The victim is to be placed in a ‘prone position,’ where they lie on their chest with their backs up. This is to easily access the spine, where it gets severed with a sharp tool, breaking through to their lungs and then pulling them up towards the opening to create “a pair of wings”.
Interesting, right?! What do you think?! Do you think this was indeed a ritual, or just a scary bedtime story? Share your thoughts in the comments! ⬇️
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Roberta Frank (1984)
G.W. Dasent (1894)