A melody of the Viking village

by Roberto Poeti
A  Viking village

A few miles from Ribe in Denmark has been rebuilt a Viking village where the living conditions of the Viking era have been recreated. Crafts, agricultural activities, animal breeding are reproduced that make the visitor take a leap into the past, in that civilization that dominated in the northern Europe between 700 and 1100.

Some images of the village
Who were the Vikings

The term Vikings refers to those peoples of the north, which included several Germanic peoples living in the south-central Scandinavia and Denmark who on board fast drakkar ships (The Viking ships were generally made of oak wood, the name comes from the fact that beastly appearances, very often dragon, were carved on the bow) they made raids on the shores of the British Isles, of France, and other parts of Europe between the end of the 8th and 11th centuries.

Where they got to

Famous for their ability as navigators, the Vikings in a few centuries colonized the coasts and rivers of much of Europe, the Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland; they went south to southern Italy and the coasts of North Africa, and east to Russia and Constantinople, both to trade and to carry out looting. The meaning of the term Vikings would derive from the word vik, bay or inlet, testifying to the seafaring vocation of these people. According to another hypothesis, the name comes from the word vikja, which meant moving away and moving.

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Viking ships, called drakkar, because they had carved in the bow like a dragon, in a representation of the 12th century

 

 

 

 

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The map shows the areas involved in the expansion of Viking rule over several centuries.

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Where is Ribe

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An exciting encounter

Among the many experiences that you can do at the Viking village there is one in particular that impresses. A woman dressed in Viking-era clothes performs a very beautiful song that depicts the song that was sung during religious ceremonies in which an animal was sacrificed. The following footage plays the song.

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