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Vik­ing fu­ner­als in­volved set­ting a long­ship on fire with the body on board and send­ing it out into the wa­ter. It was be­lieved that the higher the smoke rose, the closer the dead per­son got to Val­halla, the ma­jes­tic hall ruled over by the god Odin. How­ever, they were typ­i­cally re­served for wealthy no­bles and sea cap­tains as ships were very ex­pen­sive. Most Norse­men were buried in ship-shaped plots marked out by stones, although some­times long­ships were buried with the dead rather than sailed out to sea. Slaves were of­ten sac­ri­ficed to serve their master.

The ves­sel would be laden with gifts for the de­ceased to take with them to Val­halla

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