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The following is a list of symbols associated with the occult. This list shares a number of entries with the list of alchemical symbols as well as the list of sigils of demons. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Therefore it is perceived as being identical with its referent. Contrary to conventional signs, the relation between a symbol and its referent is not based in knowledge of any transformational code but is founded in a vital and indispensable union. Paradoxically, symbols do not cease to be material objects and can be used at the same time for techno-utilitarian purposes. In which way can material artefacts become important symbols? Based on the writings of cultural anthropologists and ethnologists, we may assume that some important artefacts, such as houses, or tools that are crucial for the survival of a community including boats and ships, attract emotions: esteem, attachment, adoration and care.
This is the case when an artefact is furnished with its own spiritual nature, when it is recognised as being created by gods or when it is considered to be their materialisation. The efficacy of symbols active in our culture is obvious, and -while they cannot be fully explained in verbal discourse -their meaning is commonly understood or rather sensed.
The situation is quite different for past cultures , or those which are alien to our own. A reliable indicator of the symbolic character of a phenomenon observable in a culture when studied from outside, can be the occurrence of an artefact which has its primary techno-utilitarian function, in contexts different from any utilitarian sense, in other words -of an artefact with 1 Wasilewski Based on the cases in which it is possible to date such settings it can be concluded that they were mainly created between the 6 th and the 11 th century AD.
The symbolic role of boats and ships in pagan and Christian Medieval Northern Europe ern Europe are definitely boat-and ship burials.
They range from ostentatious royal ship burials, such as the one from Oseberg in Norway 7 Fig. In the case of boat burials there can sometimes be difficulties in their unambiguous identification. In the case of cremation graves, burials in dugout boats are archaeologically totally invisible. Cremation burials in clinker-built boats can be identified only if the iron boat rivets are recovered during excavation.
In cases where the cremation pyre was located in a place different from the burial site sometimes, only few boat rivets are preserved, because it is probable that not all the rivets were collected and deposited in the grave. Some clinker boats had the hull planks fastened with wooden pegs, animal tendons or plant fibres, which makes them archaeologically invisible in case of cremation burial. Bornholm Island, some boat burials could contain only parts of boats, which would result in a small number of rivets, if any being preserved.
In case of inhumation graves, burials in dugout boats are only visible thanks to the specific form of the grave pit. Burials in clinker boats can be identified by the number and arrangement of iron boat rivets recovered during excavation, the same can hold true but in the case of cremation burials, which would also contribute to the lack of rivets or to their small numbers. Moreover, some clinker boats had the hull planks fastened with organic materials, which would make them archaeologically equally difficult to identify as the cases of dugouts.
In the case of both inhumation and the cremation boat burials, it is also necessary to take into account that boats had diverse lengths and -consequently -diverse numbers of rivets can be found in boat graves.
Archaeological evidence shows that small boats 2. Other graves contain medium length boats m long which are known from Scandinavia and the British Isles, e.
And finally long boats m long are known from, e. Moreover, new publications confirmed the existence of the previously uncertain presence of such burials in the territory of Kievan 9 Schanche Thrane Rus, along the Volkhov, Dnieper and Volga rivers e. Boat-shaped housesOther manifestations of the Early Medieval symbolism of boats and ships are, among others, houses in the form of an upturned boat Fig.
The development of the house form with curved walls probably began in Denmark. The best examples have been found in the Viking fortresses at Trelleborg or Fyrkat. In the forestless rocky islands of the Atlantic, the design was adapted to an archaeologically visible structure of stone and turf.
They have the same boat-shaped plan and date back to the late Roman Period. Despite the well-defined plan of such houses, the reconstruction of their upstanding architectural remains the subject of discussion. However, most authors agree that the arc-like inclination of the long walls must have pushed up the roof-ridge, thus giving to the house the shape of an upturned boat.
The ubiquity of houses of this type is also confirmed by their representations in figurative art: on Gotlandic 31 Bakka 39;Myhre The symbolic role of boats and ships in pagan and Christian Medieval Northern Europe Miniature boatsPrehistoric and early historic miniature boats are sometimes evidently symbolic gifts for water gods -examples were found at Nors Sogn, Denmark, which can probably be dated to the 4th-5th cents AD Fig.
BC Fig. Miniature boats have also been found in Early Medieval towns and have the form of small wooden or bark boats that have been interpreted as children toys -e. Scenes with boats pecked onto rock surfaces include ubiquitous fishing and fighting, but also alleged mythical scenes in which boats coexist with sun symbols and with images which may be connected with a fertility cult.
Rock-carvings and picture stonesThe image of a journey by ship to the other world is frequently depicted in Early Medieval art -on rune stones, and particularly on Gotlandic picture stones Fig. Gotlandic picture stones were erected from the 5th to the 11th century AD as tombstones or slabs commemorating the dead. They refer directly to Old Norse mythology and probably depict scenes of funeral ceremonies and the passage of the deceased to Valhalla. A woman is also is frequently shown, who welcomes a rider with a drinking horn.
These small artefacts, stand out from other objects of this kind because of the symbols of the boat inscribed on them and thus may have been associated with the magical sphere. The motif of a boat on the earliest Danish coins was probably borrowed from the neighbouring Frankish em-The symbolic role of boats and ships in pagan and Christian Medieval Northern Europe pire, where such images appear on coins minted in the main trading ports of Dorestad and Quentovic. Perhaps the depictions of the Viking longship on the coins were a conscious statement to show the importance of the newly established trading emporium in Hedeby and the expression of the strength of the fleet that defended it 36 Fig.
The meaning of the symbol of the boat in the pagan timesAll the phenomena, briefly characterised above, are clear indications for the extremely important role of boats and ships in the spiritual culture of Prehistoric and Early Medieval Northern Europe. Tacitus' Germania, and in Medieval German chronicles, the analysis of iconography of the Stone-and Bronze-Age rock-carvings from the Northern Europe, Medieval runic stones, and Gotlandic carved stones, as well as evidence from the furnishings of ship-and boat graves and other manifestations of boat-symbolism in the Prehistoric and Medieval Northern Europe 38 , allows us to propose that in pagan times the ship was the central symbol for the whole system of religious beliefs.
They encompassed various spheres of meaning, such as: the eschatology both cosmic and anthropological , the fertility cult and magic to ensure plenty; as well as mapping the structure of World Fig. The idea of the world of the dead lying across a water barrier, e. Visual presentation of the voyage of the dead on a ship can be found on the Gotlandic carved stones.
The fact that the orientation of the overwhelming majority of the bows of the Early Medieval burial boats from the Northern Europe is between SSW and NW seems to suggest that the land of the dead was thought to lie where the sun set. This association is also attested by the fragment of Egil's Saga 44 that tells of a barrow in which the body of a man who died at sea was placed which could not be closed until sunset. This also permits another association: the movement of the sun as a journey in a boat and the resulting symbol of a sun ship well-known e.
The mythical journey of sun across the sky is probably depicted on the Bronze-Age asymmetric razors, but also on neck-rings and other objects such as knives and tweezers. Images of one or more ships are engraved on these objects, which are sometimes combined with circles, horses and mushroom-shaped figures. Apart from the ship, the most frequently recurring image is the circle, which is interpreted as a symbol of the sun, because it sometimes has rays and sometimes is connected with a horse, in the role of a sun-horse as shown on the Trundholm sun chariot from Denmark.
It 41 Egil's Saga, chapter Since all circle motifs and all pictures of sun-horses are connected to ships travelling to the right, they can be interpreted as images of "day-ships", transporting the sun across the sky from sunrise in the east to sunset in the west.
Both in the folk tradition of the Celts and among the Medieval Scandinavians, the belief that the dead man remained as a "living corpse" in his house, the burial mound, which was his house, flourished next to the notion of the dead man's journey to the land of the dead.
Astonishing analogies to these ideas can be found in literary sources describing accounts of burning the dead in chambers constructed to imitate houses and in archaeological finds of burials in wooden chambers or sheds.
Comparing the burial rituals in grave chambers with those in burial boats, it might be concluded that they differ fundamentally reflecting different to eschatological beliefs. This indicate that these two rituals were not contradictory, and the boat burials could also have involved the belief that the dead man resided in his grave. Here the funeral boat would be a house of the dead. This reminds us of the burials under an upturned ship, which can also be explained as building a house for the dead.
This brings to mind the comparison with houses built in the shape of upturned ships in northern Europe in the early middle ages. There are hogback tombstones of similar shape in the Early Medieval England and Scotland in the 10 th th centuries. The symbolic role of boats and ships in pagan and Christian Medieval Northern Europe shape of these houses cannot be justified by any utilitarian reasons but evidently resulted from the will to imitate the real boat.
In these cases, ships are identified with human dwellings protecting the human sphere against the watery chaos. In this context, it is interesting to note that the Scandinavian skaldic poetry included a paraphrase kenning referring to a house as a ship. We know that Freyr was a god from the race of the Vanir. Literary sources supply astonishing testimony of connections between this race of gods and boats and ships, whereas there are no such data for the gods of the Aesir race.
Clear associations of phallic figures with boats can be found on many Bronze-Age rock-carvings. When it was placed in a grave, the boat assumed an additional meaning: it became an element of the burial furniture, which suggested the property status of the dead man, his social position, the roles which he had played in the social system, etc.
The importance and the central character of the ship and boat symbol within the Scandinavian ideological system resulted from the fact that the ship or boat united in one material form references to such opposing relation Guriewicz As a result of the Viking raids and conquests, this complex meaning of boat and ship symbolism, was dispersed throughout Northern Europe and along its western coasts, and by means of political, military and economic contacts along the Dnieper River -reaching the eastern Slaves.
Symbolism of boats and ships in ChristianityInterestingly, the vitality of the boat and ship symbol did not stop with the end of the Viking era. It also clearly existed in Christian times.
In the 14th-century Belleville Breviary St. Peter lies in a boat on a storm-tossed sea while God blesses him from the heavens, symbolising the soul's refuge in time of trial in the ship of the Church which is blessed by God. Actually, as is evident in various languages, every church is a ship -the main part of the church is called a "nave" ship. Some early Christian churches in Northern Europe, for example the boat-like oratories from early monasteries along the south-west coast of Ireland 51 , were built in form of ship or upturned boat Fig.
Some Early Medieval reliquaries have the same shape 50 Munch Thye Perhaps Medieval ship graffiti, found in churches not only in Scandinavia: in Norway and Denmark 53 , but even in Byzantium also had a votive character. In a much more pagan sense, even in the High Medieval times ships were clearly related to fertility cults in a similar way as in Prehistory and Early Middle Ages. Such a meaning of ship symbol in the Christian times is confirmed by some Medieval chronicles, which inform about wheeled ships moving from one village to another in ceremonies involving blessing the fields.
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