Keywords: Sacred Space

Life and Afterlife: Dealing With the Dead in the Viking Age

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Professor Neil Price delivers the second of three lectures, September 26, 2012, focusing on the fundamental role that narrative, storytelling and dramatisation played in the mindset of the Viking Age (8th-11th centuries), occupying a crucial place not only in the cycles of life but particularly in the ritual responses to dying and the dead. Originally […]

An Island in the Middle of An Island: On cult, laws and authority in Viking Age Gotland.

 
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The present-day small village of Roma on Gotland in the Baltic Sea was the physical and symbolic centre of the island in the Iron Age and into Medieval times. Te Cistercian monastery and the meeting place of the island’s assembly, the all-thing, two well-known features of medieval Roma, have often been taken as indications of an egalitarian and non-stratified society […]

Narratives, Space and Drama: Essential Spatial Aspects Involved in the Performance and Reception of Oral Narrative

 
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In the past, oral narratives tended to be regarded as a two-dimensional phenomenon largely confined to the form of the spoken (or later) printed word. Over the last twenty years, however, oral narratives have gradually gained “thickness” in the eyes of folklore scholars who have increasingly demanded that more attention be paid to the social […]

The Grave as a Doorway to the Other World: Architectural Religious Symbolism in Iron Age Graves in Scandinavia

 
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During the last twenty years, the category ‘grave’ has been the subject of increasing debate in Swedish archaeology. It has been recognized that monuments commonly regarded as graves are sometimes also found in cultic contexts other than those associated with death and burial. In many cases, for instance, monuments similar to graves have been erected […]

Hof, Halls, Goðar and Dwarves: An Examination of Ritual Space in the Pagan Icelandic Hall

 
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An investigation into the Icelandic hall and farmhouse and it’s role and potential transformation into a sacred space during specific ritual times. Originally Published: (2001). Cosmos. 17:1 (June 2001) Terry Gunnell: https://hi.academia.edu/TerryGunnell

Establishing the Innengard

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As modern heathens who have dedicated our lives to reestablishing the pre-Christian traditions of Scandinavia and Northern Europe, we know how important the concept of heathen worldview is.  It’s well understood that in order to develop practices that are rooted in ancient heathen religion, we need to be able to understand and adopt the outlook […]

Sacred Groves in Germanic and Scandinavian Heathenry: An Introduction and One Family’s Experience

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It was about two years ago that my wife and I moved into our new home. Prior to that, I made an oath that within one year of us moving in, a godpole would be carved and erected on the property we were looking at. I am happy to say that since then, a godpole […]

The Finnish Tradition: An Introduction

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 Table of Contents World View The Cosmic Gods Haltija: ‘The Invisible Nature’ Ukko-Ilmarinen: the Ruler of Wind, Rain, and Thunder Heavenly Bodies: the Sun and the Moon Water Spirits Fire Spirits Land Spirits Forest Spirits Spirits of the House and Farm Field Spirits  Emuu and Animal Beliefs Beer, the Heavenly King of the Forest Sacred […]