Are there any mentions of gay people amongest Vikings? How were they accepted?

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Are there any mentions of gay people amongest Vikings? How were they accepted?

Answer:

There are no explicit descriptions of the lives of homosexuals within Pre-Christian Viking society, but like most societies outside of Christianity homosexuality was not seen as strange, criminal, or offensive. From the Viking sagas and mythology it can be determined that homosexuals were not persecuted within their society, but it was expected that all male and female individuals marry and it was seen as a crime to avoid marriage within Viking culture.

The only information we have on these societies is from Christian observations and Christian translations of the old sagas and so many events or stories involving homosexuals or homosexual acts were either changed, demonized, or omitted from these accounts. In general it seems that homosexuality was largely accepted within Viking society as long as the individuals also got married and had children for the benefit of their culture and civilization