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Why did Vikings have 'Allah' embroidered into funeral clothes?

Researchers in Sweden have found Arabic characters woven into burial costumes from Viking boat graves. The discovery raises new questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia, writes journalist Tharik Hussain.

They were kept in storage for more than 100 years, dismissed as typical examples of Viking Age funeral clothes.

But a new investigation into the garments - found in 9th and 10th Century graves - has thrown up groundbreaking insights into contact between the Viking and Muslim worlds.

Patterns woven with silk and silver thread have been found to spell the words “Allah” and “Ali”.

The breakthrough was made by textile archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University while re-examining the remnants of burial costumes from male and female boat and chamber graves originally excavated in Birka and Gamla Uppsala in Sweden in the late 19th and mid-20th centuries. Read more.

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As a terror from the past reemerges in rural Sweden, a mysterious stranger steps up to hunt it down…

IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT.

The @PlayOverwatch Twitter recently posted a new comic short in which we get a little characterization for Torbjörn and some interaction between him and Bastion.

It’s so nice to see them (semi) getting along! <3

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I just found out about this and it got to me. Wow. Is this real? Yes, I’ve actually checked. It is horrifying. I don’t even know what to say.

I drew this instead of studying! Their name is Staffan, and they’ve traveled to the north of Scandinavia after 3000 years of building what they claim to be is the tallest mountain in the south of Sweden. Now they’re convinced that they invented Christmas

This is one of the trolls from a story/world me and two friends of mine are slowly writing/working on! We’re hoping to be writing a children’s book about these : ) 

I hate Torbjörn.

Torbjörn, as a character, is awful. And Blizzard keeps trying to make him matter or be more likeable, but it’s not working because they introduced him as a bad character.

First, we find out he has a family. They’re trying to do the same thing Avengers: Age of Ultron did with Hawkeye, but there’s a big difference here. Hawkeye was a naturally likeable character, and we still rooted for him even though he didn’t have any awesome powers. Then when he found out he had a family, that further allowed him to empathize with us as viewers.

In Torbjörn’s case, however, he isn’t a naturally likeable character. He spouts a pretty gross innuendo at D.va (asking to take a look <i> under the hood of her mech </i> ).
He’s rude to Symmetra, subtly teasing her for her autism (trying to get a rise out of her by saying she has something on her dress).
He’s extremely anti-omnic. In King’s Row, he says “If you ask me, these Brits have the right idea! Omnic rights? Bah!” In Numbani, he just starts saying “no” over and over again, implying his disgust with Numbani’s tolerance of omnics. The list goes on.

The point is, suddenly revealing that a character has a family doesn’t automatically make them better if they weren’t a naturally likeable character to begin with.

Second, in the King’s Row Uprising comic, we find out that Torbjörn gave Tracer her famous catchphrase: “The cavalry’s here!”

This makes me mad for two reasons: firstly, taking the game’s most iconic phrase and having its origin come from a character who does not deserve its origin. Secondly, the way he delivers it to Tracer in the comic is extremely condescending.

Not cool, Blizzard. Not cool.

Third, and finally, in the Bastion/Torbjörn comic, it’s revealed that Torbjörn has sort of been taking care of Bastion.

Okay, WHAT? It’s been established as part of Torbjörn’s lore is that fact that he is vehemently anti-omnic! Why would he suddenly have pity for and want to take care of a random Bastion unit? It goes against his character as Blizzard has described him!

I’m so done with this guy and I’m done with Blizzard trying to make him matter. I really want him to be removed from the game. And before you cry something like “No, you can’t say that! He’s a character from Sweden! He brings some diversity to the game!”, lemme ask you this, Sweden: Do you want your nation to be represented by a creepy, old, ableist omnic-hater? I wouldn’t! Hell, I’m an autistic person from America and I’m angry! Don’t you want a more dynamic and sympathetic character to represent Sweden?

I’m sure I speak for a lot of people when I say Torbjörn should be removed from the game, from the lore, all of it.

TL;DR: Torbjörn is awful as a character and should be taken out.

anonymous asked:

Finland! How do you feel about Sweden??

About Berwald?..He can sometimes be intimating..or scary..but I know that he isn’t really!..I Sometimes I remind the others that he isn’t always angry..It’s just his face..! And he tells really funny jokes..~Tino

Originally posted by hetaliafanhaus

Here are a few things to imagine for the micro nations: 

  •  Wy having a crush on Finland because every time she hangs out with Sealand his totally cute dad is very nice to her.
  • Sweden playing with toys for Ladonia and Sealand, he likes to make tiny furniture for their doll house.
  • Seborga cooking along side his older brothers. Italy praising him, Lovino scolding them for the giant mess they are making. 
  • America taking Molossia shopping to get clothes that make him look like a total sweetheart or a snazzy looking prick. There is no in between.
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Why did Vikings have 'Allah' on clothes?
New Swedish research on Viking funeral clothes raises questions about Islam's influence in Scandinavia.

Researchers in Sweden have found Arabic characters woven into burial costumes from Viking boat graves. The discovery raises new questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia, writes journalist Tharik Hussain.

They were kept in storage for more than 100 years, dismissed as typical examples of Viking Age funeral clothes.

But a new investigation into the garments - found in 9th and 10th Century graves - has thrown up groundbreaking insights into contact between the Viking and Muslim worlds.

Patterns woven with silk and silver thread have been found to spell the words “Allah” and “Ali”.

The breakthrough was made by textile archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University while re-examining the remnants of burial costumes from male and female boat and chamber graves originally excavated in Birka and Gamla Uppsala in Sweden in the late 19th and mid-20th centuries.

She became interested in the forgotten fragments after realising the material had come from central Asia, Persia and China.

Larsson says the tiny geometric designs - no more than 1.5cm (0.6in) high - resembled nothing she had come across in Scandinavia before.

“I couldn’t quite make sense of them and then I remembered where I had seen similar designs - in Spain, on Moorish textiles.”

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swedens-glasses  asked:

I don't think Iyami really thinks that he is handsome, I think he acts like be thinks he is handsome so no one notices how insecure he really is

Well, true, I mean… his whole demeanor is kind of an act. He has a lot of confidence, but it’s all ultimately based on the fake persona he created for himself, the sophisticated guy who came from France, not on what he really is, aka the local bum. You could even argue that his disagreeable behavior could be sort of an act in on itself, based on the (old-fashioned now, but still in much in vogue back in the 60s) assumption that foreign people wouldn’t know how to read typically Japanese social cues and would, therefore, be kind of naturally impolite.

Iyami’s situation… is actually pretty sad when you connect the dots, even if you don’t count the fact he’s very often homeless. His whole sense of self is based on the “fact” that he’s French, to the point that a kid contesting his obvious lies about being there makes him have a nervous breakdown and begin to speak without his famous verbal tics in a certain manga story. And the reason he’s so dissatisfied with his appearance is, as heartbreaking as it is to say, because he wishes he looked more like his idea of a French man, which is to say… more European.

He’s at least not that self-conscious about his overbite, though (surprisingly enough, because it’s the go-to thing people insult about his appearance when he fucks shit up). He seems to wish that it was a bit less pronounced sometimes and doesn’t like it being called attention to in a negative way but overall he seems to feel like it adds to his uniqueness.

anonymous asked:

I've been really stressed lately and it'd be great if I could get a hug from the Nordics? If they want to....I won't force physical contact...*puppy eyes*

Norway: *Not a very long hug, but a gentle pat on the back and ruffles your hair* Feel better..

Iceland: *Blushes for a moment before wrapping his arms around you, giving you a gentle squeeze before quickly pulling back* Relax..okay?..

Finland: *Pulls you into a tight hug before kissing your cheek and smiling softly* Chin up, buttercup! Try to take a deep breath! Maybe a hot bath?

Sweden: *Looks you over before giving you a gentle hug, slightly lifting you off the ground as he pats your head* Relax..

Denmark: *pulls you tighly against his chest and lifts you off the ground with his hug before smiling and ruffling your hair* Don’t stress too much! Try to have some fun and kick back a little!

Originally posted by dailyskyfox