Nordic Bronze Age God-King
by Tom Rowsell
THE Håga mound (Hågahögen) or King Björn’s barrow is a large Nordic Bronze Age burial mound near Uppsala, Sweden. (The Trundholm sun chariot in the thumbnail and the video was not found in the barrow; it was found in Denmark and is from roughly the same period.)
This mound is one of the most magnificent remains from the Nordic Bronze Age and contained many gold, bronze, and gilt bronze items. It contains a man who was cremated on a pyre, just like Patroclus in Homer’s Iliad. In mounds of this age, we are looking at a Europe-wide, Indo-European phenomenon, and not just a Germanic one.
This video looks at the amazing golden sword and gilt buttons and brooches from the barrow, and compares them to the wider Indo-European pagan custom of burial mounds for great men. You might say a man buried with so much gold was a Golden One… but that is not just a modern reference, nor a reference to wealth. Thinking of this man as a hoarder of wealth is to totally misunderstand the early Indo-European mentality and symbolism inherent in these gold objects.
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Source: Survive the Jive