12.10.2009 kl. 14:29

"Barbarians are equally addicted to drunkenness; and peculiarly fond of spiritous liquors... The ancient Scandinavians, who, like other savages, were intemperate in eating and drinking, swallowed large cups to their gods, and to such of their countrymen as had fallen bravely in battle. We learn from the 25th fable of the Edda, which was their sacred book, that to hold much liquor was reputed a heroic virtue."

-- Henry Home, Lord Kames, Sketches of the History of Man, vol. 1 [1778]

Fuckin' aye.

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Grétar | 12.10.2009 kl. 16:17
Eiki | 12.10.2009 kl. 17:24

Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy:
"Dithmarus Bleskenius (sic), in his accurate (!) description of Iceland, 1607, makes mention amongst other matters of the inhabitants and their manner of living, "which is dried fish instead of bread, butter, cheese, and salt meats; most part they drink water and whey, and yet without physic or physician live many of them 250 years"."