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Let me tell you about my Norwegian friend.

Every summer, My Norwegian friend goes to a Viking culture festival, where he wears historically-inappropriate horned helmets, drinks mead and chants odes to Odin. Needless to say, he doesn’t really believe that Thor and Odin exist, or that they hear his chants and will grant him luck in his next raid on Ireland. It’s just a nice bit of folklore, and an important part of his identity as a Norwegian.

Some of the people who attend the same festival actually do worship Thor; they also burn Lutberan churches. My Norwegian friend, being a decent fellow, considers them to be mentally imbalanced and entirely disapproves of their actions. This, however, is no reason for him to stop enjoying the Norwegian folklore.

Neither expressing his opinions against the violent actions by neo-pagans nor having a light-minded, humorous view of his cultural heritage make my friend an Anti-Norwegian.

Now go back to the blog. If you haven’t done so already, read the first post.

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