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Norse - Gamla Uppsala - The Three Great Mounds

Identifier

017157

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

 

These are burial mounds. 

Under them have been found the created remains of a person, with the melted metalwork indicative of cremation. 

Thus these are not the symbolic equivalent of a cave not were they used for rebirth. 

But they are symbolic mountains and under each mountain is indeed a ‘god’. 

The East Mound contained the grave of a woman, the west that of a man

 

 

A description of the experience

 

Vikings – Neil Oliver

 

Walk southwards from the so-called Plateaux of the Royal Demesne beyond a twelfth century church topped with what looks like a million hand carved shingles and you are soon in the shadow of a long curving line of ancient ‘burial’ mounds.  It is these that make the site world famous and their effect is hardly diminished by the millennia and a half that have passed since the first of them was raised.  Like vertebrae on the spine of a giant, curled and sleeping beneath the grass, they stretch off into the near distance…

The Ting Mound, the East Mound, the central Mound and the West Mound are on a truly monumental scale.  Standing between 30 and 40 feet high and with footprints like half a football pitch, they each represent thousands of hours of human labour.  There is nothing random about the positioning of the great mounds.  The builders of the first of them selected a natural ridge of higher ground that served further to elevate them.

 

 

 

The source of the experience

Norse

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Well

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

References