You may have seen the news about the German archeological find – a “still gleaming” sword excavated from a town called Nordlingen in Bavaria. Even though I’m fascinated by ancient history, I often avoid these kinds of stories because the depictions of people’s remains seems unnecessary and disrespectful – it makes me sad.
However, this story sent me off down a rabbit labyrinth of research that you may find interesting so voila. The sword is thought to be from the 16th Century BC aka the Bronze Age and it is in fact made of bronze, strangely unscathed or, more likely, never used. Much is being made of the fact that it is octagonal but to me it looks like there is a goddess symbol on the hilt – see above.
Nobody else has mentioned it and of course I am probably reading too much into it but it resembles other images I’ve seen over the years. It also reminds me of the iconic Nebra Sky Disk – again, just vibe.
A side note: the town of Nordlingen is embedded with millions of micro-diamonds, the result of a meteor impact from 15 million years ago and while looking into the Bronze Age, I discovered the extraordinary Berlin Gold Hat – like a solid gold witches or wizard’s hat with astrological calendars and calculations enscribed on it.
I also found a list of activities prohibited by a 7th Century Belgian bishop – below – it’s darkly funny: dark because, of course, people were so cruelly punished for their “pagan practices” but hilarious because clearly their prohibition was a fail.
The Bishop’s Anti-Pagan Rules
#Don’t attempt to interpret omens from sneezes or bird songs.
#Don’t celebrate “New Year’s Day.”
#Banned: Prolonged feasts at night with excessive drinking as well as working, dancing or singing on holy days.
#Banned – the passing of herds through hollow trees and digging ditches on May Day.
#You must not refer to the Sun, Moon or pagan deities as “My Lord” or “My Lady” or swear oaths by these luminaries.
#Forbidden: Lighting torches at crossroads and making wishes there or visiting stones, springs and trees dedicated to your gods.
#You must not suspend amulets on the necks of persons and animals or hang amber on women’s necks.
#Women are forbidden to invoke the goddess Minerva also known as Belisama and Freya before working on their looms.
#You must not curse at the moon when it darkens or take time off on the days of the new moon. Nor is it allowed to sing, change cast spells, dance or jump joyously because of this occasion.
#Banned: Sleeping in on a Thursday morning on account of it being Jupiter’s Day.
There are actually some good ideas there! Thoughts?