I am interested in understanding something which I have seen in the film 13th warrior where the Vikings all use the same bowl of water to clean themselves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkcsLFSAS30
It also happens in the TV show Vikings (No link).
I am curious about a few things, (all really only one question).
What exactly is going on?
- Is it really a Viking thing?
- Why are they doing it?
Edit: Some clarrification.
I am looking for information concerning whether this is a real Viking ceremony, (or custom). In the 13th warrior (the linked video) there is no mention of this, or why it is happening, and as was pointed out - is an actual account of some traveler. However - in the TV Vikings (no link) there is a hint that this is some sort of ceremony for either travelling, or war, or a new ship.