Location

128 Science & Nursing Building

Start Date

28-4-2017 3:45 PM

End Date

28-4-2017 4:15 PM

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There were many figures that the Scandinavian people looked to for religious purposes. One of those figures was Freya, the goddess of the Valkyries, known for fertility and beauty. She seems to be much unknown and still widely depicted in paintings. She provided dual purposes for the Norse people of both life and death. For many cultures those representations belonged to two separate deities. Fascination with her purpose and tales of her beauty were the source of paintings years later. Concepts of beauty have long been used as propaganda and debated for health reasons, but those ideas came from somewhere. In order to find the source of the Viking influence on beauty, we need to examine their ideal figure of beauty, the goddess Freya, and the fascination that non-Viking Europeans had with her. What cultural concepts of beauty did the Vikings bring with them to the British Isles during the Viking age? Why, or why not, have those ideas and concepts continued and spread? Analyzing imagery long after the Viking age will decipher the answers, and provide some explanations.

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Amanda Large is a senior history major at Kent State Stark.

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Apr 28th, 3:45 PM Apr 28th, 4:15 PM

The Modern Purpose of the Scandinavian Goddess Freya

128 Science & Nursing Building

There were many figures that the Scandinavian people looked to for religious purposes. One of those figures was Freya, the goddess of the Valkyries, known for fertility and beauty. She seems to be much unknown and still widely depicted in paintings. She provided dual purposes for the Norse people of both life and death. For many cultures those representations belonged to two separate deities. Fascination with her purpose and tales of her beauty were the source of paintings years later. Concepts of beauty have long been used as propaganda and debated for health reasons, but those ideas came from somewhere. In order to find the source of the Viking influence on beauty, we need to examine their ideal figure of beauty, the goddess Freya, and the fascination that non-Viking Europeans had with her. What cultural concepts of beauty did the Vikings bring with them to the British Isles during the Viking age? Why, or why not, have those ideas and concepts continued and spread? Analyzing imagery long after the Viking age will decipher the answers, and provide some explanations.