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.)

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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.


Tamer A.
Kalid A.
Vedant P.

Research Paper

Slide 1: In the Anglo-Saxon history they had two religions, Paganism and Christianity. Paganism was their original religion, but it was replaced by Christianity later on

Slide 2: Paganism was a very old religion. It was polytheistic religion. It also had a lot of belief in magic and witchcraft

Slide 3: They had many Gods, there are some of them. They believed praying to each God would result in the success of material thing; praying for the war God would make them successful in war.

Slide 4: They had some rituals, they sacrificed gifts, food, humans (prisoners of war, slaves, etc.) animals or anything that gave blood. One festival they celebrated was called Symbel. During Symbel, they feasted, gave speeches that usually were boastings of their greatness, and also they never sacrificed during Symbel.

Slide 5: Christianity was a monotheistic religion which was forced upon the Anglo-Saxons. The pope sent missionaries to convert the Anglo-Saxons (a.k.a. England). The pope had the Pagan temples destroyed and replaced with Christian Churches.

Slide 6: There were many changes due to the introduction of Christianity. It brought literacy to the Anglos-Saxons. The missionaries also were responsible for building schools. They also formed the bases for English, they wrote in old English