Ellen Lloyd - Most are familiar with famous Norse gods such as Odin, Thor, Bragi, Tyr, and Frey, to mention a few.
Mysterious artifact with two heads was discovered in Kallestrup, Denmark. Credit: Kirstine Krath Nielsen / Museum Thy
Vikings gained strength from their gods and goddess, and the Norse pantheon consisted of several deities that played a significant role in Norse society.
An exciting discovery of a 3,000-year-old double-headed figurine may offer evidence of an unknown Norse God. Could this small yet significant ancient artifact open a new chapter in Norse mythology and ancient history? Have we overlooked an ancient god, or is this a depiction of theRoman God Janus, that was worshipped in ancient Scandinavia?
"Two-faced deities were worshipped in many different cultures.
The Roman god Janus was the 'god of gods,' who appeared first on the most ancient lists of Roman gods. He protected doors, gates, passages, beginnings, and endings." 1
Head of God Janus, Vatican museum, Rome. Credit: Loudon Dodd - Public Domain
It may be challenging to determine who this ancient being was, but it's a unique artifact, and the figurine was unearthed under somewhat different circumstances. Denmark, helping scientists look for parts from a crashed Second World War aircraft.
Using his metal detector, Jensen heard a sound indicating something of value was in the vicinity. He checked and noticed a large concentration of metal in the ground. Jensen removed the soil, and to his surprise, he could see this the object he had stumbled upon was not a part of a WWII plane but something extraordinary.
Archaeologists from the Museum of Thy hurried to the site, and everyone was delighted to see that Jensen had accidentally unearthed a precious ancient object of great historical value.
This valuable artifact was a figure with two heads. Archaeologists who examined the 3,000-year-old object explain the artifact had religious significance to our ancestors. The ancient sculpture depicting an unknown god was created to fit the staff.
Viksö (Veksø) helmets. Credit: Nationalmuseet, CC BY-SA 3.0
The figure is fascinating because the identical heads have helmets with horns. Despite many misconceptions, Vikings did not wear horned helmets.
On the other hand, the mysterious Bronze Age Viksö helmets discovered in southern Scandinavia have horns.
Due to their impractical size and shape, these ancient helmets were not used for war or fighting. Instead, the Viksö helmets were deliberately created for various religious ritual purposes.
The elaborate carvings on the helmets have symbolic meaning, and the objects are rich in spiritual meaning and most likely related to myths about holy animals and divine power.
Who was the ancient Kallerup deity? Credit: Kirstine Krath Nielsen / Museum Thy
"Scientists think these unique Bronze Age artifacts functioned as helmets and masks. The Viksö helmets are special.
Ancient Pages have previously presented several bizarre and fearsome ancient helmets, but the Viksö helmets differed significantly and were not designed to scare any enemy.
Some of them are equipped with eyes and a hooked beak. The hooked beak of a bird of prey and the large, round eyes perhaps indicate that it is an owl.
Scientists investigate the remarkable Kallerup treasure. Credit: Kirstine Krath Nielsen / Museum Thy
The helmets have manes like horses, and the horns on the helmets relate to the ox." 2
The double-headed figurine discovered in Kallerup has a goat's beard and may be related to worshiping an unknown animal god. Naturally, it is all speculation, but some exciting similarities are worth further consideration.
The spiral and snake played a significant role in the lives of ancient people. They reflected their most sacred beliefs, relation to the Universe, worshipped gods, and connection to family, animals, and nature.
Furthermore, the depictions of symbols such as the spiral and serpents found on the ancient staff also lend credibility to the theory this was an old ceremonial object.
Next to the enigmatic double-head figurine, archaeologists also discovered a ceremonial ax with a diameter of approximately 30 cm. Archaeologists believe that the double symbolism is somehow related to the ax. The ax could only have been used exclusively for religious ceremonies.
Written by - Ellen Lloyd – AncientPages.com
Updated on April 26, 2023
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