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Monday, September 12, 2016

On Vikings And Norsemen

I once said I can write a book about the street gangs(Starting off in schools) in Nigeria. It is weird I know so much but sometimes, I get really bored and I read everything about everyone. 

So two gangs (I still don't know why people call them cults seeing as they are not cults) caught my interest today and they are Norsemen and Vikings. 

Why these two? Because I think whoever set em up don't know the origins of these two people historically and culturally since they are almost the same.

Norsemen are a group of people who lived in present day Scandinavia. They were fishermen and farmers, just the usual life of old time villagers and they had their own weird customs and practices like they don't condole thievery but you can challenge someone to a fight and inherit the person's property if you win. 

So I get you wanting to name a gang "Norsemen" but Vikings? I dont get this since Vikings are Norsemen. 

Its a simple thing really, all Vikings are Norsemen but not all Norsemen are Vikings. How? 

Vikings are Norsement who have taken to a life of piracy and raiding other villages. They worship the same gods, have the same culture and still go home at sometime and might live like normal Norsemen. So I sit here and wonder how two different gangs can be called Vikings and Norsemen and still fight. You two are the same damn thing. Can't they come together and find a mid ground? 

This is like saying the (famous) Calvary of the Alafin of the (Old) Oyo Empire fighting with the Oyo Kingdom. When in essense, they are the same people. 

Anyway, I love the Norsemen (not the gang but the people) they brought us characters like Odin, Thor, Loki and Fenrir. Those who read Harry Potter will remember the name Fenrir Greyback but how many people know that he is historically Loki's son? 

I doubt people understand the cultural similarities with the Yoruba tribe too. 

Thor, is Sango. Think about it, with the hammer and the lightning and thunder. 

Loki (god of mischief) is Esu. 

The Norsemen have had great movies about them, including Madmax. Yup, Valahala things. 

Remember "The Mask" that starred Jim Carey? That mask belongs to Loki, the god of mischief 

Then there is the animated movie "How to train a dragon"

Hey even the 1999 movie "The 13th warrior" staring Antonio Banderas was about Norsemen.

I leave with a lovely quote from The 13th warrior
"Lo there do I see my father; 
Lo there do I see my mother and my sisters and my brothers; 
Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning. 
Lo they do call me, they bid me take my place among them, in the halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever. "

Odin bless the Norsemen. 
Thor bless the Vikings