Olafs cross our heritage

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Olaf II, the Viking king of Norway from my last post, lived too long ago to have a Coat of Arms. His symbol, Olavs cross (Olavskors/solkorset) is part of the traditions born long after his death in 1030. The symbol was used by the Nazis during World War II, as other elements from the Viking age and also the Norse mythology. In 1944 the Nazis made a big statue on the same place were the king died, at Stiklestad. The monument was torn down by resistance fighters after the war and buried. Modern days Nazis still try to use these old symbols, but they will never own them. We don’t accept people with totalitarian ideology to occupy our heritage. Like the cross, which can be seen as a flower decoration at Stiklestad. The picture above is from visiting the historic play last week. The one below is from the same occation in 1995.

Tilstrømning til Spelet, Stiklestad

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The people above is from the audience at the play this year. Just before 11 at night. The one below is also from 1995, when the play was performed in the middel of the day. The play has changed a lot over the years, so I also add an old picture of the pagan dance, the sun dance, as it was performed in 1995.

Spelet om Heilag Olav, Stiklestad

Spelet om Heilag Olav, Stiklestad

From a visual point of view I will say the new play performed at night is much more interesting. There are more pictures in my photo gallery from the play, Spelet om Heilag Olav.

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15 thoughts on “Olafs cross our heritage

  1. Once again we have a common thread. The Nazis appropriated one of our ancient symbols making it the hated swastika… though our original pointed in the opposite direction. I love your pictures of the play. I do believe the nighttime version is more thrilling somehow.

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  2. Fabulous pictures, these all images speak for usually
    I wish you a nice day and feel safe.
    Andrea sends you many hugs

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  3. Flotte billeder – vores fælles forfædres historie(r) er altid inspirerende – påtrods af brutalitet og andre ting, så er der alligevel noget romantisk behæftet dem… 🙂

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  4. Your description of Norway holding onto its heritage even though others have tried to take parts of it for their own use is admirable. Am enjoying learning from your posts.

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