Even though there are some peculiar ways to wed — most folks still choose to go down a more conventional route.
One couple from Norway took the traditional wedding to the next level however when they elected to exchange vows in a genuine Viking ceremony — complete with a pagan priest, longships and even a blood sacrifice.
Rune and Elisabeth Dalseth agreed to ditch their orthodox Christian upbringing in favor of a ceremony influenced by weddings that undertook 1,000 years ago.
The item swapped the standardized bridal car for two bona fide longboats and opted to get married on the banks of a Norwegian lake garbed in full Viking matrimonial attire.
Upholding tradition, the ceremony implemented a ‘blot’ ritual — a cauldron of pig’s blood is placed on a pile of stones, then seeped over small figures representing the gods, and then smeared onto the forehead of the couple.
Elisabeth, 27, remarked: “We danced to live music that our ancestors danced to over a millennium ago.”
“Vikings were no more terrible than any other group of people living at that time,” said Rune.
Rune and Elisabeth are keen to contest the horned helmet-wearing mariners’ reputation for violence, ravish and pillage.
“Rune completely opened up a new world for me, and I soon fell in love with the people and the spirituality of it,” stated Elisabeth.
“I come from a very Christian family,” Rune claimed.
“When I announced that we were not going to have a Christian wedding my mum was a little unsure about it.
“But I think she has now come to accept it. She can see how happy paganism makes me and how it has helped me get my life together.
“Before I was a Viking, I didn’t have a wife, a baby and a house – now look at me.”
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