Bern Zinc tablet
Type of Spiritual Experience
The Bern zinc tablet (also Gobannus tablet) was found in the 1980s in Bern. It is inscribed with an apparently Gaulish inscription, consisting of the four words, each on its own line, the letter formed by little dots impressed onto the metal:
ΔΟΒΝΟΡΗΔΟ ΓΟΒΑΝΟ ΒΡΕΝΟΔΩΡ ΝΑΝΤΑΡΩΡ (Dobnoredo Gobano Brenodor Nantaror)
- The dedication is to Gobannus, a Gallo-Roman god, the name simply meaning "the Smith".
- Brenodor is probably a placename, ... deriving from PIE dhur- "door".
- Nantaror containing as first element nanto- "deep valley with a stream/river",
- Dobnoredo seems to be an epitheton of Gobano, maybe composed of dubno- "world" (Old Irish dumhan (Modern Irish domhan, c.f. Dumnorix, Donald (Gaelic Domhnall) and rēdo- "travel" (Old Irish riad), or rēdā "chariot" i.e. "world-traveller" or "world-charioteer",
A description of the experience
So the stone marked the entrance to the 'underworld' spiritually - when it was in place! Annwn