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Sign Up. Already have an account? Log in. Event Saved. Instead, the weapons, the clothes, and the animals found in this grave seem to have originated nearer the Caspian Sea, which is located in Central Asia. So why does the myth of the Viking woman warrior endure? The answer has to do, in part, with our shifting ideas about what female rage, strength, and empowerment look like. Claiming the Viking woman warrior existed allows her to be co-opted as a sort of mascot for the ongoing women's movement.
She serves as a canvas onto which we project fantasies of vengeance and power without upsetting the status quo. Until more solid evidence comes to light, the Viking woman warrior remains a fantasy.
And unfortunately, apart from sensational discoveries like that of the individual who was laid to rest in Bj. It is not until they behave like Viking Age men, wielding swords and running into battle, that they are considered worthy of our attention. We dismiss all the other ways in which Viking women were strong and empowered, and at the same time undermine all the ways in which modern women can be strong and empowered without ever picking up a weapon.
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Viking women were strong, even if they weren't warriors. Eking out a living on a farm in or near the Arctic 1, years ago took a certain type of robust character. In the harsh climate, growing crops and reaping a harvest was backbreaking work with little reward. There was no modern medicine with which to ease the pains of illness, injury, old age, and of course, childbirth.
But perhaps most importantly, the Viking women's craft and artistry were pivotal to their people's regional proliferation. The women wove the sails that brought the iconic Viking ships to new shores, where these adventurous Scandinavians could raid, trade, and settle. Indeed, without the work of women, the Viking Age would never have happened.
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