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Swords play an important part in the history of a Viking’s family and they also play a key part in a groom’s pre-wedding ceremony. Before their wedding, a groom will break into the burial ground of one of their ancestors. Within this mound they will retrieve a sword that one of his friends had placed there. Through the action of entering a place of death it is as if him as a boy dies and he emerges into life as a man. A man who is ready to face and accept the responsibilities of marriage. In some cases, a mound cannot be used and instead he is to confront a man dressed as a ghost of one of his ancestors. Here the ghost will tell tales of the family history and the importance traditions and family play in a Viking’s life. In other circumstances they might just meet up with a living relative to hear their family history. The sagas do not go into detail about this part of the wedding ceremony so there are a lot of possibilities. Now, once the sword in hand he will head to the bath house where he will clean himself of his bachelor status and be purified for the wedding. While in the bath he will receive words of wisdom from his elders.