Freemasonry in Viking times
19 August 2016
The Norwegian Freemason Arvid Ystad published a book with the title “Frimurerne i Vikingtiden”, or “Freemasonry in Viking-times”. This is potentially interesting, but it looks like there is no translation and the original book is even pretty hard to get outside of Scandinavia.
No need to repeat what has been written elsewhere. Some more information about the book can be found here.
Just read linked post about the book…eh…I could see how maybe some of the old rituals might have been adapted into free masonry but from what I could find the earliest origins of the freemasons are dated at around 100 years after the conversion of Scandinavia, which itself was only official after extensive interaction with Christian Europe which had already been chipping at the old religion for quite a while. And that is one of the earlier estimations of their founding.
It’s an interesting theory from what I can gather, but seems unlikely. Especially given that most of the Viking rituals cited are “according to” the author of this book and don’t appear to have an external source. :/
But who knows? Weirder things certainly happened in history, it’s not *impossible* it just seems implausible given what we know about the time line and some rituals (I.e. Vikings didn’t use coffins for burials until the end of the era/the conversion, so it’s odd to claim that any Masonic ritual involving coffins would have Viking origins)
Thanks for sharing even though I’m nitpicking it! It’s fun to hear Viking related theories like this. 🙂 Too bad it’s not available in English, there’s a lot of the theory we’re missing out on.