Significance of Burial Customs in Old Scandinavian Culture
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Therefore, as they met their fates of death, the dead of the families were treated with great reverence. The erection of the massive structures of dolmen and passage graves or barrow burials, where the enormous work of remained family must had been necessary, confirmed the veneration the living held for the ancestors (Simek 48)...
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Likewise, the funeral ?®feasts?? took place ?°with a large company of men?± and ?°with the greatest honour?± (Johnston 18).
This aspect of respect given to the dead established a close relation of fire with the burial customs. From the excavated burial places like Birka, many indications of cremation were found...
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