Nordic Boats and Aryan Chariots
WHILE THE religion of the Proto-Indo-Europeans aka Aryans is associated with horse-drawn chariots, the Norse pagan religions of the bronze age, Vendel, and Viking era were associated with boats. This might be because the Nordic boat cult predates the arrival of the Indo-European culture in Northern Europe.
The Vendel era boat burials are mostly in Uppland where Freyr was the primary ancestral god, so the boat burial rite might be related to him. His cult was prominent at Gamla Uppsala and Frey had the magic boat Skíðblaðnir and was son of the sea god Njörðr. Perhaps the Vanir represent the survival of the pre-Indo-European Scandinavian religion?
The Ynglingar origin myth begins with the seaborne arrival of a divine descendent of Freyr and his father — both ship-owning fertility gods.
The religion of the Proto-Indo-Europeans is not directly attested, but reconstruction has been attempted based on the existence of similarities among the deities, religious practices and mythologies of the Indo-European peoples.
The hypothesized reconstructions below are based on linguistic evidence using the comparative method. Archaeological evidence is difficult to match to any specific culture in the period of early Indo-European culture in the Chalcolithic. Other approaches to Indo-European mythology are possible, most notably the trifunctional hypothesis of Georges Dumézil.
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Source: Survive the Jive