A Viking… Buddha?

This, our ancestors traveled far and wide and traded with many. You DON’T manage to do that as a dogmatic fundamentalist.

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In a turn of events that should surprise no one who actually pays attention, it turns out that the Vikings traveled quite far and wide.

It seems, in this case, that one individual or group traveled far enough (or traded with those who did) to acquire for themselves a Bishop’s crozier from Ireland (downright obvious, but a lovely piece), a bronze ladle from North Africa (still not shocking, also a lovely piece), and a Bronze Buddha statue in the style from India.

Did this mean there were Buddhist Vikings? Oh, maybe. The Vikings who traded with Christians were more likely to convert than the ones who sacked monasteries, so I suppose it depends on whether that statue was traded or raided.

But the point remains: Vikings, not so much known for the staying home and mixing only with their own people.


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One response to “A Viking… Buddha?”

  1. aeddubh says :

    Fascinating. The “Silk Road” route has been open for a *long* time… this stuff got around (and so did the Vikings).

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