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    Worshipping the Dead: Viking Age Cemeteries As Cult Sites?

    Burial grounds as pre-Christian sacred centres.

    https://www.academia.edu/17342939/Ga...unchen_169-205

    Aspects of ritual behaviour and cult in Norse societies have been the subject of academic scrutiny for many years. In past scholarship particular attention has been devoted to various numinous places and features in the landscape such as mounds, mountains, meadows, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, islands , wells, trees/groves, roads but also to special types of architecture (buildings, altars etc.) which could have played significant roles as settings for pre-Christian rituals. Many of the early studies, especially by historians of religion or philologists, have analysed pagan worldviews predominantly on the basis of the available textual accounts written in a range of different languages such as Old Norse, Latin, Greek and Arabic. When approached with caution, however, these textual accounts can also be effectively used in finding and interpreting tangible archaeological evidence related to pre-Christian ritual practices.

    Although biased in various ways, such interdisciplinary methodology is employed by many scholars today.

    In recent years attempts at identifying cult places in the archaeological record have borne remarkable results especially in Denmark, Iceland and Sweden, but different ‘signals of belief’ of the Norse population have also been discovered in England and elsewhere in the Viking diaspora. For example, latest excavations at Late Iron Age sites across Iceland and Scandinavia have demonstrated the existence of elaborate wooden structures which (on special occasions) may have served the role of cult houses or ‘temples’, but there are also traces of other allegedly ritual architecture in the form of peculiar stone altars and sacrificial wells. The discoveries of tools or weapons in watercourses and wetlands in different parts of the Viking world have also been interpreted as traces of ritual behaviour (i.e., sacrifices) and not simply as accidental losses.

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    I think it was said Wevelsburg Castle was chosen by the Nazis partly because the nearby town Petersburg was thought of as the gateway to Valhalla.

    Also, the ancient Germans relied on sacred places prior to their culture, in other words, Celtic places. Some of these were springs and specific oak trees and so on.

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    This might help, for what its worth.

    What is Paganism?
    Life is like a fire hydrant- sometimes you help people put out their fires, but most of the time you just get peed on by every dog in the neighborhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    I think it was said Wevelsburg Castle was chosen by the Nazis partly because the nearby town Petersburg was thought of as the gateway to Valhalla.

    Also, the ancient Germans relied on sacred places prior to their culture, in other words, Celtic places. Some of these were springs and specific oak trees and so on.
    Thor's Oak would have had a Celtic root, because oaks are sacred to the Celts. Ashes are Germanic, hence Yggdrasil. I was thinking yesterday about all the places called Oakland and Ashland.

    Quote Originally Posted by SpearBrave View Post
    This might help, for what its worth.

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    The Halloween quote describes Celtic practice.

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