An adorable Viking tradition: Kittens as wedding gifts

An adorable Viking tradition: Kittens as wedding gifts

Weddings are all about tradition. Cultures and religions all across the world celebrate these special days in specific ways and include some unique customs.

The Vikings are an interesting bunch, and their wedding traditions are just the same. Some will absolutely love the special gift Norse grooms would present to their brides, while others may be scared.

According to legend, Vikings used to gift their new brides with kittens! This was all done to honour the goddess of love Freyja. Legend says that Freyja rode a chariot lead by cats.

“Kittens were sometimes given to new brides as an essential part of setting up a new household. It is especially appropriate that brides should receive cats, since cats were associated with Freyja, the goddess of love. The Vikings believed that Freyja rode a cart drawn by a team of cats,” explains the Viking Answer Lady.

This is a pretty unusual image to picture, but Viking cats are not the typical house cats we know and love today. Norwegian Forest Cats are a specific wild breed native to the North, and are quite large in size with strong bones and muscular forms.


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I’m all for reviving this trend, who can say no to an adorable ball of fluff? It’s the perfect way to get your marriage started on the right foot.

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