Spirit Ship (Ship of the Slain)

The spirit ship is a common theme of Norse pictograph stone carvings, some dating as far back as the fifth millennium CE.

The spirits ship is most commonly found on funerary monuments, where it represents the journey to the afterlife. The symbol has obvious connections to the Viking practice of sending the deceased into the afterlife aboard a burning ship.

Interestingly, the form of the boat in the ancient carvings is identical to the Viking longship. Similar carvings have been found in Canada, dating as far back as 800 BCE.


Related Symbols:
Wolf's CrossTriskeleJormungander




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Joe September 14, 2011 at 1:41 am

Is there a source of reference on the information here? I would love to read more about these carvings, where they’ve been found, when they date to, the implications that follow, etc…

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