Going through the Viking exhibit, for instance, we kept being told time after time how powerful women had been among the vikings, and also there were things like treasure troves, which in one case they said “was a woman’s treasure trove, probably to honor women in her ancestry.” At which point I looked at the case enquiringly, because these idiots don’t seem to understand someone’s unearthed treasure trove is someone else’s panicked burial.
There is no way to even get in the mind frame of whoever wrote that
card, except to say that they never new privation, need or threat in
their entire lives.
Which brings us to the next part. All through the exhibit, people
told us over and over again that the Vikings were — contrary to legend —
peaceful, peaceful I tell you. Most of the Vikings were, after all,
farmers and householders.
I wasn’t buying it. Yeah, sure, most Vikings, if you count women,
children, and people to old to go aViking, just stayed put. But no
civilization where dying in bed gets you sent to Hel (which was cold
rather than hot but much like our Hell) is a peaceful one. In the same
way I didn’t buy the continuous reassurances there were as many women as
men aboard those ships. Cooeeeeee! Really?