Yesterday there was an attempted coup d’état in the United States of America. I’m personally not the slightest surprised.
The Viking Guy and Cultural Appropriation
However, in this article, I would like to focus on the “Viking” guy in the capitol [insert eyeroll]. I know I have mentioned before how annoyed I can sometimes get by the depictions of Vikings in some history books and popular culture [I am Swedish].
Of course, I agree that we should not run around shouting cultural appropriation unnecessarily, as I find that kind of behavior deplorable. A mixing between cultures is how humans have progressed throughout time, and the adoption of foreign cultural behaviors can be something wonderfully positive in my opinion e.g. the Anglo-Saxon naming of the weekdays after the Norse Gods.
We should also not completely lose our sense of humor, nor should we celebrate our own historical culture as something all good. As an example, there was a lot of really messed up stuff going on during the Viking times, one notable fact is that they owned slaves…Thus, I must underline that my main issue with this is that the popular Viking culture is Fake. Wrong. Scientifically disproven.
Popular Viking Mythology
Popular Viking mythology is depicting something that is clearly wrong and, secondly these [flawed] assumptions are used for populist political gain. This is where my annoyance turns to actual anger. It should be noted that also our older history books are extremely flawed when it comes to Viking culture. The celebration of mock Viking culture by the alt-right is nothing new and what a nonsensical mess it is.
However, this all has led to me no longer feeling comfortable wearing my Thor’s hammer necklace, which I ironically received at my confirmation, nor show the Midgårdsnake that I have tattooed on my foot (fashioned from a design on one of the rune stones close to where I was born). I do not want to be associated with these moronic twadwaffles.
On My Privilege & The Principle
In a way, I feel that they have taken something from me. Oh, boohoo, you might think. And, sure I agree. This might be a luxury conversation, but it is the principle of it that annoys me. A similar discussion can be held over the sun cross so frequently used in many Asian cultures, across the Americas, and also in Scandinavia, that was symbolically destroyed by the national socialist cretins.
Am I an oversensitive snowflake?