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Re: Religion in public schools

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Sun, 15 Aug 1999 22:17:23 -0500

Hi Larry and Woody. I am not too familiar with the Xians but yes Norsemen
and Vikings often put Christian symbols with other religious symbols on
head stones, I donīt exactly know why though. And when we (the icelandic
people) became Christian at the Althing in the year 1000 we only agreed to
it if we could still worship the old gods in secret and eat horsemeat! So
because of that we still do not let religion rule us even if we have a
State religion.
Best regards from the far north, Rosa
>Thanks, Larry.
>Rosa, are Larry and I on the right track here.
> Woody in KC
>"Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI" wrote:
>> > Am I correct that the Norsemen or Vikings often put Christian symbols on
>> one
>> > side of a head stone and other religious symbols on the other. Sort of
>> like
>> > hedging your bets at the track. I like that idea, why take any chances.
>> > Woody in KC
>> Woody,
>> So far as I can remember, you are right: the people in that area did in fact
>> put Xian symbols on one side of their tombstones and 'other' religious
>> symbols on the other. I doubt if they were the only ones. As has been
>> noted on this list, Xians (historically) have persecuted those who did not
>> convert to their way of thinking.
>> However, it was not to 'hedge their bets.' Rather, it was to 'please' the
>> Xians (i.e. protect themselves from getting killed as savage heretics), so
>> the Xian symbols were usually on the front of the stone, and to stay 'true'
>> to their native religion, which symbols were often placed on the back of the
>> stone.
>> Larry
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