ANGLO-SAXON RESEARCH PAPER

Slide 1-
Courtney:
Anglo-Saxon Religion

Slide 2-
Alyssa:
Paganism is a polytheistic religion that the Anglo-Saxons practiced for a brief period of time. Sometimes referred to as Wodenism.

Slide 3-
Danny:
They believed in sacrifice. They would dedicate gifts to the gods or deities which ruled every aspect of their lives including food, drink, birth, death, health, war, and politics. They believed in many unique things such as witchcraft, weapon burials, ritual drinkings, and festivals celebrated the twelve lunar months.

Slide 4-
Alyssa: (run through gods)

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Alyssa:
These are representations of heathen gods.

Slide 6-
Courtney:
Christianity began to spread in England after Pope Gregory the Great sent missionaries and monks from Ireland. Romans invaded Britain in A.D. 43 and drove the Britains north to Scotland and west to Whales. (etc.)

Slide 7-
Danny:
Despite the conversion of the Pagans from heathenism to Christianity, much of their culture remained the same. As you can see in the painting on the left, which is an illustration of Beowulf, the Pagans still believed in monsters. While they talked about the Christian God, they also talked of heathen beliefs. In the painting on the right, you can see that while someone is being baptized at the top, a Christian tradition, the Anglo-Saxons are violently killing people on the bottom.

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Alyssa:
Christianity brought many new changes to the Anglo-Saxons. These include increase in literature, increase in the ability to read and write, the art became more religious, and Pagan temples and celebrations turned to Christian temples and celebrations.

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Alyssa:
These are the sites we used in researching this project.