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I was on a Harlem Line train out of Grand Central heading home from meetings in New York City when the conductor made an announcement that broke me out of my contemplative mood. “The next station is Valhalla” crackled over the loudspeaker.

The word Valhalla, meaning Hall of the Slain, is from Norse/Viking mythology and is the place where those who die fighting in battle reside and help Odin, the chief Norse god fight the good fight against his enemies. According to this ancient mythology those who don’t make it to Valhalla end up in the Norse underworld called Hel.  Dying in battle under the Viking belief system provides a reward; you were able to enter into a blissful state, having the opportunity to fight alongside Odin.

This reward system also reinforced the fighting spirit of the living Viking warriors, for if you did not perform well in…

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Written by Jeffrey M. Saltzman

April 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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