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The Kragehul I (DR 196 U) spear-shaft found in Funen that bears the inscription:

ekerilazasugisalasmuhahaitegagaga […]
ek erilaz asugisalas muha haite, gagaga […]
Which is interpreted as “I, the earl of Āsugīsalaz, am called Muha,” followed by some sort of battle cry or chant (“gagaga”)

One of the funniest things about runic inscriptions is that despite being painstakingly scraped into wood, metal and stone by hand, a process that took hours or days, many of them end with what is essentially keyboard smashing. Here it’s basically equivalent to “jajajajaja”, but in other inscriptions you actually see sequences like “FFFFFFF” and “AAAAAA”, presumably to use the singular meaning of that particular rune in a reiteration. 

Which, to be perfectly clear, is exactly what we are doing now. “ff” means something, but “ffffff” means the same thing, just moreso.

NOTHING EVER CHANGES.

(via 3liza)

Gagaga isn’t gibberish, nor is it something i would suppose to be a battle cry, it is an abbreviation of Gibu Auja,for “good luck”. The individual runes can also mean “gift” and “God”, something i take to mean gift of the gods. The runes can also be interpreted as “Give” and “Mouth”, such as one would do in a kiss, or “gift river-mouth”, which while auspicious in my imagination, is an interpretation that means little (and relies on latin influences).

egilskalla-grimsson:

In Euclidean geometry, a Platonic solid is a regular, convex polyhedron with congruent faces of regular polygons and the same number of faces meeting at each vertex. Five solids meet those criteria, among others the Dodecahedron (with 12 faces) and the Icosahedron (with twenty faces).

Archaeologist reckon that there was a symbolic connection between the objects and Platonic-Pythagorean ideas. It is known, that for Plato the dodecahedron stood symbolic for “everything”, for “the universe”.

This two Dodecahedron and the Icosahedron (dated 2 - 4 A.D.) could therefor have played a role in a cult. But what kind of cult?

More then hundreds of this kind of Platonic solids were exclusively(!) found in the foremost Germanic/Celtic provinces in the Rhineland. Some of them were found in graves with weapons - that indicates that these graves weren’t roman ones because Romans didn’t used weapons as burial objects.

We know so little about Celtic and Germanic religion. Unfortunately we only have fragments of mythology. I think these religions were much more richer and deeper that we think today.

In every religion is on one hand the simple common folk’s mythology, the popular belief and superstition and on the other hand there is the elite’s complex theology and philosophy. I believe that was also true for the the Germanic and Celtic worldview. But this parts - the theology and philosophy - is lost to us, we only get the faintest shadow here and there.

Source: one photos

medievalistsnet:

One of the most interesting episodes in Byzantine military history and in medieval English history is the Anglo-Saxon participation and service in the Varangian Guards regiment from the late 11th to the early 13th century. In the 11th century, as a result of crises suffered by the Byzantine state (feudalization of the armed forces, civil-military conflict in the government, the loss of Asia Minor to the Seljuk Turks, the loss of Southern Italy to the Normans, etc.) the Byzantine army became increasingly dependent upon mercenary forces.

Read more here: http://deremilitari.org/2014/06/english-refugees-in-the-byzantine-armed-forces-the-varangian-guard-and-anglo-saxon-ethnic-consciousness/

titibaka:

Just finished this customized pendant, a Hulinhjálmur (helm of disguise) symbol.
If you want it to actually work follow these instructions:

Paint the sign of #Hulinhjálmur on a piece of lignite. But you have to use a special kind of ink, prepared in the following way:
“Collect three drops of blood from the index finger of your left hand, three from the ring finger of your right hand, two from your right nipple and one from your left nipple. Mix the blood with six drops of blood from the heart of a living raven and melt it all with the raven’s brain and pieces of a human stomach. Carve the sign on the lignite with magnetic steel which has been hardened three times in human blood.”
#galdr #Iceland #magick #Asatru #NorseMythology #titibaka

I’ve got everything except the raven blood and the blood hardened steel. Believe it or not i do have the raven brains. Here’s to hoping the instructions are metaphorical. I’ve been thinking that nipple blood could be a poor kenning for milk, and raven blood a kenning for thought, but i somehow doubt it.

solitaryorgan:


Bronze statuette possibly of the Roman fertility god Priapus, made in two parts (shown here in assembled and disassembled forms). This statuette has been dated to the late 1st century C.E. It was found in Rivery, in Picardy, France in 1771 and is the oldest Gallo-Roman object in the collection of the Museum of Picardy. This figurine represents the deity clothed in a “cuculus”, a Gallic coat with hood, and may be an example of the Genii cucullati. This upper section is detachable and conceals a phallus.

More on this here.
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solitaryorgan:

Bronze statuette possibly of the Roman fertility god Priapus, made in two parts (shown here in assembled and disassembled forms). This statuette has been dated to the late 1st century C.E. It was found in Rivery, in Picardy, France in 1771 and is the oldest Gallo-Roman object in the collection of the Museum of Picardy. This figurine represents the deity clothed in a “cuculus”, a Gallic coat with hood, and may be an example of the Genii cucullati. This upper section is detachable and conceals a phallus.

More on this here.

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