By Maria Kvilhaug
The Indo-European language family includes most modern European, Anatolian, Iranian and South Asian, having its roots in a “proto-Indo-European” culture that existed in Central Asia and Eastern Europe around the 5thand 4thmillennia B.C. before they spread eastwards and westwards, carrying with them a warlike ideology and a pantheon dominated by male sky-gods. By the 2ndmillennium B.C. they had come to dominate Northern India, Western Europe, Anatolia and the Aegean. Some archaeologists have suggested that these were the same people who gradually overthrew the more peaceful and egalitarian goddess-worshipping Neolithic and Megalithic cultures.
The Indo-European connection is the historical background for the many similarities etween Old Indian myths of the Vedas and Old Norse myths and the Eddas.
From about 2500 B.C., a new, agricultural people arrived in Scandinavia from the Southeast. If the earlier settlers had not been Indo-European, these new…
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