Norse Burial Tradition
When a loved one dies, you can make sure their burial to reflect their personality and passions. In fact, you can tell a lot about a person by just attending their funeral and seeing the preparations that went into honoring them. The Vikings in the Middle Ages were no different when it came to prepare their loved one’s burial. Their traditions included Viking ship burials.
Back then Vikings lived and literally died by the sea. The sea was their passion and it is how they are remembered today. We have learned a lot about how they by how they were buried. Because they believed in an afterlife they would bury those who passed with things they may need in death. For men that usually meant weapons and tools of trade while for women there were domestic equipment and their jewelry.
Viking ideas about their journey after death including traveling by boat to Valhalla (the afterlife) so they were often buried in boats. These Viking Ship Burials, so to speak, were a common death custom among the Germanic people. The wealthier ones were placed in ships filled with food, jewels, weapons, food and even sometimes servants or animals. The boats were either interred into the ground or sent out to sea. Those who could not afford a boat, would be buried in a ring of stones laid out to form the shape of a boat.
No matter the time or the culture, it is important to honor the lives of loved ones by remembering what they were passionate about. This can, in fact, help family and friends to memorialize At Santa Rosa Memorial Park our burial options can help you honor your loved ones. Contact us today to learn more.