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11 Rules For Properly Burning A Viking Ship

Over a thousand people dressed as Vikings set a longboat on fire at the Shetland Islands' Up Helly Aa festival. DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF, FOR REAL.

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1. Assemble your troops.

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All photos from this week's Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands. The festival, according to Getty, "celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian Vikings in the Shetland Islands and culminates with up to 1,000 'guizers' (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into their Viking longboat and setting it alight later in the evening."

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