5.11 – THE VIKING GODS (4.12.13)

BURIAL RITUALS & VALHALLA [12f]

Tonsberg, Norway. 50 miles south of Oslo lie the ruins of Oseberghaugen, a Viking burial mound. During excavations in 1904, archaeologists unearthed the remains of two people buried inside a Viking long-ship. Dated to the early 9th-century, the discovery revealed for the first time some of the Vikings’ ancient burial rituals.

“What’s very interesting about the Oseberg ship is the fact that the Vikings actually chose to bury their dead in these boats. Now, this seems very similar to some type of a conveyance, possibly going into space. You see similar references in other cultures, such as the Egyptians and even the Chinese.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

Throughout Scandinavia, the British Isles and Iceland are similar Viking burial sites, many containing boats and other ship-like markers. Is it possible the Vikings, like the ancient Egyptians and Chinese, buried their dead in boats in an effort to help their deceased on their journey to the afterlife? And if so, why? According to ancient Norse mythologies, slain Viking warriors joined Odin in his fabled hall, Valhalla.

“Odin’s hall in Asgard, the realm of the gods, is known as Valhalla, which literally means “the hall of the slain.” The way that Valhalla itself is described is that it’s a place where the dead warriors that Odin has gathered from the battlefields spend all day fighting each other and killing each other and then are brought back to life to spend the night in feasting on an endless supply of meat and pork.”

Dr. Karl E.H. Seigfried (Norse Mythologist)

“The courage of the Norse explorers and warriors was directly related to the structure of their fables. Valhalla was this great reward. If you served well with great bravery, you found eternal life in the company of kindred spirits in a great banquet hall.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

Stories and legends about Odin’s enormous palace describe it as being almost metallic, with shimmering walls and a golden roof.

“During the day they drink and they eat along these long tables and with fires down the center of the hall. And then after they’ve eaten, they clear the tables and they all battle. So, this must be tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands the imagination boggles at how big this hall must be.”

– Timothy R. Tangherlini, Ph.D.
(Prof. & Chair, Scandinavian Section, UCLA)

But is there evidence that Valhalla was more than just a mythic place? Could it have been an extraterrestrial spacecraft, as some Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe?

“Valhalla was not a figment of our ancestors’ imagination, but it might have been some type of an orbiting space station. The reason why I’m saying this is because whenever we have a description of Valhalla, it is an incredible description of a place that has weird attributes.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Various descriptions of Valhalla give it the reference of being some type of a large metallic ship, but they actually bury their dead in the ships as well. So, is this some type of reference of them actually trying to replicate sending their dead to the heavens or just like their gods would be returning to the heavens in some type of a large metallic ship?”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

Archaeological evidence as well as contemporary accounts also indicate, that in addition to burying their dead in boats, the Norse Vikings also sent many of these burial boats out to sea and burned them. But why? Was it simply a fiery tribute, one meant to honor the deceased? Or did the ancient Vikings simply replicate something their ancestors had once witnessed, perhaps the launch of an alien spacecraft?

“So my question is whether or not our ancestors witnessed rockets or spaceships taking off and landing with all of this fire and this smoke and the earth trembling, that they over time thought that by burning their dead they would imitate what they saw in the past.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Were the Norse Vikings really in contact with extraterrestrial beings? And were these beings thought of by the early Vikings not as alien visitors but as gods? If so, then where might these celestial visitors have gone?

“What we know is that in the 10th-century, the Norse begin a really extensive exploration of Europe. We don’t know why they begin to explore. It is also clear that we don’t know whether they were helped by other beings. In fact, there is another theory which suggests that they were going to go in search of the deities. It suggests that the Vikings were absolutely convinced that the residence of the deities was physical, somewhere on planet Earth.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

Did the Norse gods return to their homeland, prompting the Vikings to travel the Earth in search of them? Or did the so-called gods simply inspire their earthly hosts to explore the planet in an effort to spread their extraterrestrial influence to other parts of the globe?

“All this knowledge of the Universe according to the Norse mythologies was given to them by the Shining Ones. And the Shining Ones were said to have descended from nowhere else but the sky. So, is it possible that extraterrestrials in fact guided events in our human history? And the answer of course is yes. Because we can find stories like this all around the world. It was very deliberate in order to direct our history.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Thor’s destructive hammer, Odin’s all-seeing throne and a mystical bridge linking Earth to the heavens. Are the legends of the Viking gods really evidence that alien beings visited mankind in the distant past? And if so, might these beings have been instrumental in the efforts of the Norse to explore the globe? Perhaps we will find the answer deep in a Viking burial mound or carved on the surface of an ancient stone. Or possibly the truth will be revealed to all mankind on the day when they return.

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