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May I offer you some Jesus?
13 7, 8:11pm
Yes, really. Modzelewski in his book enumerates the "barbarians" beliefs (Slavs, Prussian, Germanics including Scandinavians), and amongst them was the conviction that obviously, if you are slave now, you will be slave in afterlife, and if you belong to aristocrats, you obviously will have special place in afterlife. Think about Vikings: Valhalla was for warriors, not for women or slaves. Similarly, compare beliefs such as in early Slavs, when you just cover statues of some god in order for him not being able to see or listen the quarrels.
The thing is that obviously after conversion those habits often stayed in place is another thing, but the point is that Christian ideal was very, very different from the pagan beliefs.