Norse - Gamla Uppsala - The Three Great Mounds
Type of Spiritual Experience
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 experienceNorse
Concepts, symbols and science items
Science ItemsSacred geography
Sacred geography - altars
Sacred geography - ancient trees
Sacred geography - artificial hills
Sacred geography - barrows
Sacred geography - beacons
Sacred geography - cross
Sacred geography - crossroads
Sacred geography - cursus
Sacred geography - enclosures and camps
Sacred geography - henges
Sacred geography - hollow roads
Sacred geography - islands
Sacred geography - ley lines
Sacred geography - mark stones
Sacred geography - mountain
Sacred geography - palace
Sacred geography - rivers and streams
Sacred geography - sacred grove
Sacred geography - water sites
Activities and commonsteps