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It is difficult to generalize about an era as lengthy as the Dark Ages but it will be done The Anglo-Saxons were pagans when they came to England They worshipped gods of nature and held springs wells rocks and trees in reverence Religion was not a source of spiritual revelation it was a means of ensuring a success in material things Like this one may pray to a certain goddess for a great harvest or a victorious battle A few of the main Anglo-Saxon gods were Tiw Odin Thor and Friya whos names are remembered in our days of the week Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and Friday Some of the Religious observance consisted of invocations and charms to ensure the gods help in securing a desired outcome in the material world though the presence of the grave goods indicate a belief in an afterlife There is a possibility that female slaves may have been sacrificed on the death of a male owner and included in the grave to accompany him in the next world That was all about to change though right around 596 where Pope Gregory sent the monk Augustine to England He set up a diocese in Kent and sent out missionaries from there to make the pagan Anglo-Saxon into faithful Christians But the Anglo-Saxons were also subject to the Celtic mission sent out from Northumbria where the Irish church had set up a diocese The Celtic church was not as centralized as the Roman church At the synod of Whitby in 664 the two churches made an agreement The Northumbrian church went to Rome and the English Church became one The meeting of Celtic and Roman Christianity with the rich Nordic tradition of the Anglo-Saxons resulted in a very special form of Christianity The Anglo-Saxons were fond of battle imagery and heroic epics which they weaved into the new Christian myths and Bible stories This NordicChristian tradition has given birth to many
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