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Viking initiation ceremony

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Egil and his friends arranged, without me being aware of it ahead of time, to initiate me as a Viking.  This was done as an after school function, like a dance or something at the school one evening.

Midway through it, they interrupted the activities and he and a couple of his buddies came out with some fur costume things, almost caveman-like, helmets with horns and things.  They were speaking in gobble-Norse, old Norwegian, and announcing this ceremony, so of course I had to repeat after them certain things.

And the final stage of the initiation they gave me a half skull, the top half of a skull filled with home-brewed beer, and I was supposed to drink this down in one fell swoop.  I did my best–I didn’t quite get it all down in one gulp–and finished it in a second one.

Then I was officially a Viking, and I can tell you I was in no pain the rest of that evening!

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Hazing initiation Icelandic style

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I went to what was considered a community college equivalent, for 16-20 year olds.  I was in the freshman class, and they do freshman initiation, so we were hazed.  It was all very interesting — I never had been through anything like that since.

First of all, we were given a slave owner and we were their slaves.  That’s actually what they called us.  We had to do anything they told us for the whole week!  They frizzed out my hair with, like, six cans of hairspray, and I was not allowed to wash it for the whole week.  I had to wear really, really tight pants and I couldn’t wear socks.

Then on the last day of the hazing, they painted all of our faces, took us out on a sheep herding cattle car, and paraded us through town, threw water balloons at us, and we had to line up and do all these silly games in the middle of town.  And then they ended it with this big bonfire where most everyone got drunk, and we were initiated into the school!