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1: Anglo-Saxon Religion Created by Stephanie Salazar 2010

2: Saxons that came to England were pagans. | Pagans had different gods. | Religion was used to ensure success in material things. | The main Anglo-Saxon gods: Tiw, Wodin, Thor, Friya. Which were names of the week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. | Forest clearings or wooden temples were Saxons holy places where they sacrificed animals and spilled its blood. | Pagan Beliefs

3: Friya | Tiw | Wodin

4: Pagan-Saxons often used magic spells. When they heard of Christ they used his name or the sign of the cross in their magic. | Warriors often had boar crests on their helmets to make them look ferocious.

5: To cure a sick horse they would cut crosses on its forehead, back, limbs, pierced its left ear and beat it with a stick. | The bodies of Pagan Saxons were often burned to ashes when they died. The ashes were sometimes put in an urn marked with an arrow pointing up. This sign meant as a plea to Tiw to receive the person whose ashes were inside. | Important Saxons were buried with their valuable goods like gold or precious stones.

6: The Coming of Christianity | In 597 Augustine led missionaries to Kent and began a preaching campaign. | Pope Gregory sent Augustine on a long and dangerous journey from Rome to lead the conversion of Saxon England.

7: Irish monks would travel hundreds of miles on horseback and on foot to spread Celtic Christianity. | When Augustine first arrived from Rome the Pagan king and his wife would listen to him preach. | Roman and Irish missionaries converted many people in Northumbria and would baptize them in the river.

8: Monks and Monasteries | At 2am the day of a monk begins. They go to church after waking up for a service called matins. | They couldn't eat in till the afternoon they called this prandium. | In the sumer there was a meal served in the evening. And in the winter they would go to bed without another meal.

9: Monasteries had boys who were learning to become monks. They had to get used to the hard life and the strict rules. | In the afternoon the boys attended lessons in the monastery schoolroom while the monks did farm work. | The only schools were in the monasteries so reading and writing were rare skills.

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