The purpose of this blog is to explore the history, culture and myths of the northern European peoples with a special emphasis on the Germanic and Celtic peoples. The blog will focus on the culture that these peoples share in common and is a companion blog to the Aryan Myth and Metahistory and Die Armanenschaft der Ario-Germanen blogs.
Monday, 1 October 2012
Anglo-Saxon Priest of Woden Amulet Discovered in Norfolk
Taken from the Norfolk Museums & Archaeology website:
This Anglo-Saxon pendant dates from about 600AD. It was found by a metal detectorist in a field in Attleborough, Norfolk.
The pendant shows a man with a beard, wearing a hat or helmet with two horns which join at the top.
Men with horned headgear have nothing to do with the Vikings! Most depictions of horned helmets are in fact early Anglo-Saxon in date. Similar pendants to this one have been found elsewhere in Norfolk and in Hampshire and have horns that end in small bird heads. These may represent the Germanic god Woden, or Odin with his two ravens.
This pendant might have a cult or religious importance and could have been worn by a priest.
The pendant is just over 4cm high and 2.5cm wide.