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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

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Activities and commonsteps

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