His poems focus on themes such as battle, grief, relationships, and praise, and are consistent with actual events occurring in his life. The fact that his poetry is not always about fighting and the success of the Vikings suggests that while these things were still important, there was more to Norse society and culture than the bloodthirsty nature commonly associated with Vikings. The frequent occurrence of poems meant to give praise, honor friendships, and mourn loss signify the importance of friends, loved ones, and relationships in Norse society and culture. These poems are often the only insight into the actual feelings and emotions of the characters in the saga. Further, the qualities that Egil describes in his poems indicate that these qualities are important in the Norse world and are qualities that they would want to be remembered for.
Religion has been a fundamental component in every colonization known to man since the Garden of Eden. In fact, one is hard pressed to find a culture where the act of utilizing the principle of religion as a cornerstone is not employed. However it was upon the virgin soil of America that Religion made one of its most indelible conquests. Religious conviction played a vital role in all of the continent's fledgling settlements, but particularly in two colonies did religion, unequivocally, have the most radically different effect. It was religion that drove the New England colony and Middle Atlantic colony down two starkly opposite paths, but one was a religion of uniformity and government by God, and the other, a religion promising exactly the opposite.
An epic is more or less a story that has been considerably exaggerated to the extent that, in some cases, gods that possess the ability to manipulate the laws under which the natural world operates interfere and pose such a threat, that the security of everything we know is at stake. Epics are characterized by a literary term known as In medias res which translates to,” in the middle of things,” meaning that they usually begin either at the mid-point or conclusion, rather than the initial beginning. Somewhere in the piece frequently lies an invocation to a particular muse, for blessing, aid, protection, etc. This I believe is a crucial element in determining the role of a hero in an epic. In the two epics I am familiar with (Beowulf and Odysseus), both “heroes” were originally driven by their own hubris, ego, and self-admiration.
Witchcraft (also called witchery or spell craft) is the use of magical faculties, most commonly for religious, divinatory or medicinal purposes. This may take many forms depending on cultural context. The belief in and the practice of magic has been present since the earliest human cultures and continues to have an important religious and medicinal role in many cultures today. Witchcraft is the use of sorcery or magic where It leads to a communication with the devil or with a familiar. It is without doubt irresistible influence or fascination.
Both heroes, though differing in time period, display similar qualities in helping humanity, having a genuine reasoning for their efforts, and using their strengths to overcome others. Despite a gap in time period and different personas, the intentions of each hero are vital for accomplishments and very similar, even preceding any phenomena of physical strength or verbal oration. Rooted within each is the desire to improve the world for others, relative to his time. The intentions of Martin Luther King would not be relevant in the time of Beowulf, but their values coincide. King was determined to abolish any segregation.
In this essay I will talk about why the Christians were viewed with suspicion by the Romans and how this led to their persecution. The world into which the Christian faith was spread at first was a very different world than which we find today. The Greco-Roman world was a world of polytheism which had an interwoven religious and political system. This state religion was
The most important conclusion Shakespeare has drawn about the nature of humanity in King Lear is the fact that evil is not something the gods have cursed you with at birth but it is something that you choose for yourselfACt . The contrast he uses shows us that Edmoud had everything he needed to be good, he had the look and he had the attitude , but ultimately he chose to wrong path, he was blinded by power and his need to be treated as an equal. Later in that scene  after his brother is wounded Edgar affirms his belief that the gods play no hand in the evilness of the world through his dialogue “The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices make instruments to plague us” he states that the gods are fair and only punish us with our own wrong doings, even Edmoud agrees with him. Edmonds good side does make an appearance, towards the end of act 5 scene 3, “ Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send – be brief in it – to th’castle; for my wit is on the life of Lear and Cordelia” , in this remorseful dialogue Edmond`
During this same time, the Catholic Church was moving further from the theology of the Protestants. The reformation was also known as the “Protestant revolt from the medieval Roman Catholic Church” (Harvey, 1918, p. 321). Luther was active in pointing out the “characteristic differences of attitude, of tendency, and of judgment, as well as of method, exhibited in these modern attempts to portray and interpret the most widely influential of the earliest founders of Protestantism” (Harvey, 1918, p. 321). Luther wanted to stress that there was a need to expunge the “corrupt bureaucracy” within the church, which can only be done when the church returns to the Bible (Owenby, 2011, p. 1). Luther believed that all believers should abide by the words of ‘our Lord and Master Jesus Christ” and repent of our sins (Morris, 1998, p. 56).
Christianity and colonialism are both vast topics in and of themselves. In this essay I do not plan to analyze both independently but I am going to discuss the impacts of religion, Catholicism and Protestantism, broadly speaking Christianity on colonialism. The rapid expansion of Christianity is undeniably associated to the age of exploration and both are intricately woven together. They also developed an organic symbiotic type of relationship that exists to today. I will discuss how Christianity greatly impacted colonialism by birthing, nurturing, and eventually dissolving it.
Roman Empire, Christianity and The Cult of Mithras In the modern world it has become apparent that Christianity has borrowed from pagan religions, in particular the pagan mystery cults. Christianity in itself was a mystery cult promising secrets to save your soul. The one particular mystery cult, the Cult of Mithras, is often reported as being the 'rival' of Early Christianity as well as one of the mystery cults that the Christianity most borrowed from. However this will all be conjecture and theory on what the Cult of Mithras actually believed because little evidence was written down and much of what was found was biased or used for the author's own ends. The conditions of the Roman Empire aided the spread of mystery cults and even till the eventual domination of Christianity.