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#8 - xxxgnipsxxx (12/30/2013) [+] (32 replies)
Vikings and cannibals are the only civilizations that if I were the leader of another civilization, I would have every last one killed. Like not conquer and rule, but literally like genocide.
User avatar #19 to #8 - hudis (12/30/2013) [-]
That vikings were barbaric savages whose only purpose was to raid, rape, pillage and plunder is a pretty huge misconception brought on by Christian historians throughout the ages. For the last century that misconception has mostly been debunked, but it seems it sticks around for some people.

Vikings were primarily traders, farmers, explorers and travellers. They just happened to be very adept at ship-building and naval practices, so their sea-travels were quite succesful. Vikings did raid along coastlines, yes; that is what they're known for. However, most didn't. Exactly why the vikings raided so much is unclear, but for the most part we can assume that the reasons varied while tradition is what kept the practice in place. One theory is that the tradition began because when pagan vikings sailed east and south to trade, they were refused by Christian merchants who believed that it would be morally wrong to conduct trade with pagans. In fact, the main peoples who were willing to trade with northmen were Byzantines, Arabs and Persians. Another theory is that with the terrain and climate of Scandinavia, there was little room and little time over the year to build and expand with the day's knowledge and technology (bear in mind that this was way before effective agricultural practices were brought north by Christian missionaries), so the northmen instead took to travelling and raiding both to accumulate wealth and to gather resources and goods both to trade and to use simply in order to ascertain the survival of their people.

What's important to remember is that the vikings were no worse than most others at the time, nor several hundred years later. Other pagan peoples, as well as Catholics, Muslims and the Orthodox, also raided and murdered and raped when they could. The difference when it comes to vikings is that they were very good at seafaring and could thus raid efficiently. If other peoples had the same, they would undoubtedly have raided just as much.
#1 - warlockrichard (12/29/2013) [+] (3 replies)
#23 - sloot (12/30/2013) [+] (16 replies)
Thats not what actually happened. Vikings pillage
#31 to #30 - alstorp (12/30/2013) [-]
What the **** are you on about?
#3 - angelclass (12/30/2013) [+] (8 replies)
i kinda dislike how i was taught Christopher Columbus discovered America only to learn in 10th grade some vikings actually got there first
#17 - ridivey (12/30/2013) [-]
#58 - joelgrosso (12/30/2013) [-]
Damn, History, You so accurate
Damn, History, You so accurate
User avatar #53 - BowChickaBowWow (12/30/2013) [-]
Maxim no.1: Pillage then Burn.
#46 - swagmasterofswag (12/30/2013) [-]
HERGEN SMERGEN!! vikings yeah!!
#38 - thismustbeseen (12/30/2013) [-]
Age of Empires 2: The Conquerors Vindlandsaga Intro aww yeah
#14 - Ken M (12/30/2013) [-]
xxxgnipsxxx is a racist
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