Saturday, April 26, 2008

What Lies Ahead

Here are a couple of links. Meanwhile, expect a series of new book-related posts, now that spring semester is finally coming to a close.

¶ What was it like to live in a Norse longhouse in Vinland or Iceland? Re-enactors have ideas.

¶ At least Pope Benedict understands that religion thrives better without governmental support.



Anonymous vs-f said...

I've always suspected that the Viking longhouses were very much like the cedar longhouses in which the Haida and other native non-Inuit people on the edge of the upper left-hand corner of North America. In both cultures storytellers were at a premium and those long winter nights spent around the fire led the the re-telling of much of the oral history, mythic of otherwise. Like this:

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

What a luxury to have Western red cedar for planks instead of having to build with turf!

But I am sure the logistics and small-group dynamics of longhouse living were similar.

4:52 PM  

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