Category Archives: Northern Europe

The pagan temple in Uppsala

The Swedes have a very famous temple called Uppsala, situated not far from the cities of Sigtuna and Björkö. In this temple, entirely decked out in gold, the people worship the statues of three gods in such a wise that … Continue reading

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Magicians among the Lapps

Their (of the Lapps) intolerable ungodliness will hardly seem credible nor how much devilish superstition they exercise in the art of magic. For some of them are revered as soothsayers by the foolish multitude because whenever asked they can employ … Continue reading

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the Lapps

Bordering the length of Norway is a vast wasteland, separating it from the pagan peoples. This waste is lived in by Lapps and by the wild animals whose flesh they eat half-raw and whose skins they wear. They are indeed … Continue reading

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Sailing the unknown northern seas

The deepest stretch of northern sea is found there (*), with a Charybdis and Scylla and whirlpools from which there is no escape; and there are frozen headlands which 3 send headlong into the sea immense icebergs, which are increased … Continue reading

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Ritual human sacrifices

Writers report a custom of the Cimbri to this effect: Their wives, who would accompany them on their expeditions, were attended by priestesses who were seers; these were grey-haired, clad in white, with flaxen cloaks fastened on with clasps, girt … Continue reading

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Les pasturages d’Islande

L’Islande est montagneuse, & pierreuse. Les pasturages y sont si excellàns, qu’il en faut chasser le bestial, de peur qu’il ne créve. Et l’herbe y sànt si bon, que les estrangers la recueillent, & la font secher, pour la metre … Continue reading

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Britannia in the 1st century BCE

There are only four passages which are habitually used in crossing from the mainland to the island, those which begin at the mouths of the rivers — the Rhenus, the Sequana, the Liger, and the Garumna. However, the people who … Continue reading

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The Welsh

This people is light and active, hardy rather than strong, and entirely bred up to the use of arms; for not only the nobles, but all the people are trained to war, and when the trumpet sounds the alarm, the husbandman … Continue reading

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Concerning their cutting of the hair…

The men and women cut their hair close round to the ears and eyes. The women, after the manner of the Parthians, cover their heads with a large white veil, folded together in the form of a crown. Both sexes … Continue reading

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Terre ancora selvagge

Inoltre, benché su questa terra la fede, una volta trapiantata, sia in tutto questo tempo cresciuta, tuttavia in certi luoghi remoti ci sono ancora molti che non sono battezzati e cui, per la negligenza dei pastori, non è ancora giunto l’insegnamento della … Continue reading

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