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Sheela na gig is interesting. I've heard about it from friends who has visited Ireland, but I don't think I've seen pictures of it before. Not discreet, is it?

We don't have that up here, leading me to lean towards the Celtic hypothesis. Christianity was good at repurposing local religious traditions. Like eggs and bunnies for Easter.

Among the oldest Scandinavian churches, you can find imagery that goes back to Viking traditions and religion.

Here is a Borgunds stavkyrka, notice the mix of crosses and dragons:

Most runestones are also from the Christian era, but are often misinterpreted as being pre-Christian because of the use of runes and imagery leading the thoughts to  the pre-Christian era.

Here is Jesus:

by fjallstrom on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 11:47:05 AM EST
syncretism

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 12:35:51 PM EST
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According to Wiki some Sheela na Gigs have been found in Norway...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 02:31:00 PM EST
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And Hebrides and Orkney.  Much to and fro'ing twixt Ireland and Norway from 790 to 1050 CE.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 04:00:15 PM EST
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Much toing by Vikings, and fro'ing with booty, women, and other chattels...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 04:43:07 PM EST
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And salted fish and brides and envoys and cloth and metals and metal work and soapstone cookware and cows and sheep and hogs and exotica from far flung lands and walrus hide rope and gyrfalcons and polar bears and town founding ....

The Era of Norse Expansion was much more trading than raiding.    

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 12:08:35 AM EST
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