Come for a journey through pre modern Sweden from the Neolithic through the Vikings to the beginning of the 20th century. Like many other European countries there are numerous megalithic remains from dolmens, stone rows, mounds (like the round barrows of Britain), and, peculiar to Scandinavia, vesica-shaped standing stones called “ship settings”.
In addition to these older lithic features, Sweden has more pre-modern labyrinths than any other country on our planet. They began with the Vikings, who built their labyrinths inland, and oriented many of them toward the Summer Solstice Sunset. Then, from the Sixteenth Century until the beginning of the Twentieth Century, on the Baltic Sea coast, Swedish fishermen walked them for a good wind and a good catch. In modern times, Swedes still honor the Summer Solstice at Midsommar (Mid Summer) on 24 June with very pagan dances around a Midsommar Stang accompanied with lots of Aquavit and good food.
Sig’s father was born in Sweden, and he has travelled there on a number of occasions to visit relatives and then to see these pre-modern sacred sites. He has a Master’s Degree in the study of Sacred Space, and has written books on dowsing and labyrinths.
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