The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe by Dr Hilda Ellis Davidson, Hilda Ellis Davidson

By Dr Hilda Ellis Davidson, Hilda Ellis Davidson

I first needs to say that this can be almost definitely no longer Ms. Davidson' top paintings. numerous of her different books are rather a lot better.

The e-book appears at Northern eu ideals, myths, and archaeology and seeks to construct a normal photo of pagan religions between Celtic and Germanic peoples. The publication presents a cursory examine archaeology of sacred areas, a few linguistic concerns and a few easy stories of myths and legends. at the optimistic facet, the book's scope is lovely good.

On the detrimental aspect, i discovered Davidson's research to be overly brief and her technique to be fuzzy.

I may suggest skipping this ebook and concentrating on her different books in its place (many of that are excellent).

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There were two halls, one of which may have been used as a temple, or at least as a place where people gathered for sacrificial feasts which formed an essential part of the old religion. There were traces also of a curious structure like a wooden amphitheatre, thought to mark the place of assembly, and these impressive additions are probably due to Edwin, who became king of Northumbria about 625. ). He was baptized by Paulinus in 927. The building known as D2 on the excavation plan, the supposed temple, had a huge post outside at the northern corner, while there were three posts inside at the south end.

We have the example of what happened in 1982 on a ‘rescue excavation’ at Flag Fen in Peterborough, when the remains of a great wooden platform were discovered, with wooden buildings on it, much of the wood from the Bronze Age preserved in the waterlogged soil. This may prove to have been a great sacred centre, although it is as yet too early to say, and will certainly add considerably to our knowledge of the period (Pryor 1990). Archaeology is the most likely means of extending our knowledge of religious practices of the past, and can confidently be relied on to provide new problems and challenges as our knowledge increases.

The Germanic Wodan is thought by some to have been primarily a ruler of the land of the dead, whose cult came into Scandinavia comparatively late. Titles given on the stones often serve as helpful clues to the characters of the deities. Two dedications at Housesteads on the Roman Wall refer to Mars Thincsus, and these presumably refer to the god’s association with the thing or ‘Assembly’ where law cases were held and new laws decided. Thor presided over the Althing in Iceland, but Tîwaz may have been the guardian of law at an earlier period.

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