advertisement advertisement advertisement The defining image of the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was undoubtedly that of a bare-chested man posing resplendent in a horned fur hat and face paint. Images of him in his weird costume have been shared across the globe—he seems to perfectly encapsulate the absurdity of the mob takeover of America’s sacred seat of power. advertisement advertisement The individual in question has since been identified in the media as a far-right activist from Arizona by the name of Jacob Chansley (also known as Jake Angeli). He was quickly alleged to be an adherent of the QAnon conspiracy theory—though not before fake rumors spread that he was actually an antifa “plant.” One thing that should make it very clear where Angeli’s politics lie are his tattoos. On his torso he has a large Thor’s hammer, known as Mjölnir, and what appears to be an image of the Norse world tree, Yggdrasil. Valknut—an image that appears on two Viking-Age stones from Sweden carved with scenes from Norse mythology, including the Stora Hammars I stone on the island of Gotland. Snorri Sturluson, a medieval Icelandic collector of myths, tells us in his “Language of Poetry” that… Read full this story
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