– the women’s ship
Among the many ways of looking at the Oseberg ship, the female aspect is the most exciting. The archaeologists who excavated the Viking ship were astonished when they realised that it was no warrior chief that was buried in the Oseberg mound – but two women.
This was almost unthinkable in 1904, so in many ways the Oseberg find opened up for a new understanding of women’s role in the Viking age. Religious historian Eivind Luthen focuses on this in a recent article in Tønsbergs Blad, the local newspaper. Luthen is known as the founder of the pilgrim movement in Norway.
In the article, he repeats the theory stating that the women may have been higher priestesses, perhaps substitutes for Freya, the goddess of fertility. "Perhaps the Oseberg ship was a Frøya ship?” is a question Luthen poses in ...READ WHOLE ARTICLE