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Anglo-saxon Culture

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Dalton Landry

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Anglo-Saxon Culture
Religion- Paganism
Religion- Pagan Gods
Balder – God of Immortality
Eostre – God of Birth
Frigg – God of Love
Hel – God of Death
Saxnot – God of the Family
Thunor – God of Thunder
Tiw – God of War
Wade – God of the Sea
Wayland – God of Metalworking
Woden – Chief God
The Way out
Before the Anglo-Saxons were converted to Christianity they were mainly a paganistic society. As Pagans they believed in multiple deities, most of the time they imagined them up to explain events they couldn't understad or things that were a big part of their lives such as; the sun, weather, natural disasters, war, fertility, etc.
In the morning of the Anglo-Saxons they ate bread,cheese,milk and mead.
In the evenings of the Anglo-Saxons ate stew of beans and vegetables sometimes with a little meat and of course mead.
The mead hall was a place to sleep, eat , drink, and tell stories about their crazy adventures
On special occasions a big feast with meat,bread,stews,mead,and fruits. Located in the most important part of the Anglo-Saxons village was "The Mead Hall"
Also known today as the community center.
Food Of the Anglo-Saxons
An alcoholic beverage popular in this period of time that is made up of fermenting honey with yeast.
Mead is known as the oldest alcoholic drink in history
What is mead?
Food Of the Anglo-Saxons
Food of the Anglo-Saxons
Who made the food?
Women at this time were in charge of cooking,cleaning,providing children.
But what did they use to eat and how did they get around?
The Anglo-Saxons ate from homemade wooden bowls, spoons,and knives. There were no forks and cups were made out of horns of cattle.
Horses and oxen were used for transportation and farming.
Farming of the Anglo-Saxons included 8 oxen to help grow grain.
Food of the Anglo-Saxons
Alot of times farmers did not have enough grain to feed the cattle. So they dried and salted their meat for winter months.
Honey was the only thing that made everything sweet in this period of time.
Being able to eat meat at this time was depending on your class. Mostly wealthy people.
Even to save food for the village they fasted or "To hold oneself from food"
Entertainment
Sports
Games
Swimming
Swam in Chainmail
Running
Jumping
Skiing
Skating
Horse Racing
Weight Lifting
Often used boulders
Rock Climbing
Skin Pulling
Instead of using rope they used animal skin
Much like tug-of-war
Usually takes place over a fire
Wrestling
Hunting
Hnaftafl
Knucklebones
Like Jacks
Chess
Pastime
Entertainment
Children
Whittling Wood
Carving Bone
Embroidery
Juggling
Warriors practiced with knives
Exercising Dogs
Toys
carved wooden animals, swords, ships, and tops.
Games
Sports
Music

The children partook in many of the same games and sports as the adults did. They were considered adults when they turned ten years old.
Entertainment
Dancing, Music, and Story Telling
Scop
Story Tellers
Gleemen
Singers

Both story telling and singing were valued attributes in a person.

Dancing was usually done for a religious purpose.
Referenecs
English Fellowship and Cultural Society. http://
www.englishfellowshipandculturalsociety.org.uk/history-pages/kingdoms/religion/.
Wordpress, 2013. 26 Aug. 2013.

Mursell, Gordon. The Wisdom of the
Anglo-Saxons. Oxford: Lion Publishing,
1997.



Religion- Christianity
When the Roman garison left Britain undefended it was quickly attacked and the Britons were defeated and driven out by the Germanic tribes of the Anglo-Saxons. The Anglo-Saxons were slowly converted to Christianity by the monks and missionaries that remained in the monasteries that had already been established. They still often times retained bits and pieces of their pagan views and mixed them with their new found Christianity, such as in Beowulf where they relate all the mythical monsters to the biblical story of Cain and Abel and then say that its all up to fate.
The pagans worshiped in either a temple specifically dedicated to a certain deity, or a landmark like a sacred tree or hilltop. They practiced sacrificing animals in honour of their gods at these temples. The Anglo-Saxons had Yearly festivals in honor of the seasos, they followed the calender of the twelve lunar months.
By Kennedi, Dalton,and Kaitlyn
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