If there’s one thing white supremacists, white nationalists, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis universally love, it’s Vikings. They freaking worship Vikings, fetishize them, and cannot get enough of all things Viking. To them, Vikings symbolize racial purity and taking what you want by violence. Nazi websites such as The Daily Stormer are fond of using imagery which evokes Viking history and Norse mythology.
But what if some Vikings were (gasp!) Muslims?
Researchers at Upsala University announced Friday that some Vikings were buried in Sweden with cloth inscribed with the name “Allah,” the Muslim word for God, and this may suggest that as they roamed the world, Vikings came into contact with people of the Muslim faith and some may have also converted to Islam.
Cue hysterical freak-out by right-wingers on Twitter:
— Von Sheep (@vonsheep) October 13, 2017
Viking raids a Middle Eastern trader & thinks this is cool cloth. Gets buried with it. Now Vikings are Muslim? https://t.co/QCIrar4ny2 🤡🌎
— RightTrak (@RightTrak) October 13, 2017
https://t.co/Q0LHQMLO8a "BBC Trying to Spin Viking Plunder Find Into a Narrative of Muslim Vikings. No Doubt a Pretext to a False History …
— 🇺🇸ChristianPatriot (@SavetheUSNation) October 13, 2017
— 🇺🇸⚛️April⚛️🇺🇸 (@hotjetset) October 13, 2017
More likely looted booty, you boobs!
Were Vikings Muslim? New research finds 'Allah' woven into burial clothes https://t.co/tdu74KIXrG
— De Pluribus Unum (@De_Pluribus_Unu) October 13, 2017
Bull article. The part about Muslim theological influences on Vikings was especially hilarius. Al-Valhallah…
— History Twerp (@History_Twerp) October 13, 2017
And plenty of others were delighted to see the Viking worshipers get a nice dose of historical karma:
Please don't tell Prison Planet there were Muslim Vikings because I don't think the little poppet could hack it
— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) October 13, 2017
because “Muslim Vikings” is the only possible TV show pitch that could prove even better than “Vikings”
— Squarely Rooted (@squarelyrooted) October 13, 2017
The fact that the Vikings and Muslim Persians totally interacted with each other in olden times is so cool.
— people eater porg (@spurlunk) October 13, 2017
Waiting for the squeals from the racists at the prospect of Muslim Vikings: https://t.co/z1XKCRQBxo
— John Glover (@JohnEGlover) October 13, 2017
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