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   Before the arrival of Christianity in Sweden, Gamla Uppsala was the seat of Swedish kings and a ceremonial site known all over northern Europe. The settlement was home to royal palaces, a royal burial ground, and a great pagan temple.

   The Swedish kings and their royal families were given elaborate funerals and rich burials in barrows near the temple. According to Norse pagan belief, burning the body in a great fire served to transfer the soul to Valhalla, the afterlife. As with many ancient burials found in northern Europe, rich grave goods were buried with the body for use in the afterlife.

   The Uppsala temple, which was described in detail by Adam of Bremen in the 1070s, housed wooden statues of the Norse gods Odin, Thor and Freyr. A golden chain hung across its gables and the inside was richly decorated with gold. The temple had priests, who sacrificed to the gods according to the needs of the people. The great god Thor governed weather, Odin governed war and Freyr oversaw pleasure, peace and marriages.

   Human sacrifice was a regular part of the rituals at Gamla Uppsala. During the festival of Fröblot, which occurred at the winter solstice every ninth year, nine people (one per day for nine days) were hanged from a tree until their corpses rotted. Because of these sacrifices, every tree in the grove was considered sacred.

   Another rite involved immersing a living man in a well—if the man disappeared, the gods would answer prayers.

   The pagan temple at Uppsala was probably destroyed by king Ingold I in 1087, during the last battle between the pagans and the Christians. A church was built on top of the temple ruins, and this was the cathedral of Sweden until the archbishopric moved to Uppsala in 1273.

Source: Sacred Destinations

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Two pale figures
Ache in silence.
Timeless
In the quiet ground.
Side by side
In age and sadness.

I watched
And acted wordlessly, As piece by piece
You performed your story, Moving through an unknown past
Dancing at the funeral party.

Memories of childrens dreams
Lie lifeless
Fading
Lifeless.
Hand in hand with fear and shadows, Crying at the funeral party.

I heard a song
And turned away, As piece by piece, You performed your story.
Noiselessly across the floor
Dancing at the funeral party…

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On Sunday March 15th Daniels older brother was shooting at things in the woods when he got in the way. He was immediately taken into operation and it succeeded. He was sedated for a couple of days. But we were told he would be fine and his response was positive.
On Thursday of March 19th he was declared brain dead. He was no longer breathing on is own and his kidney was not functioning anymore.
We didn’t have any other choice then to basically pull the plug on him.
He is an organ donor so it will delay the funeral. The funeral will be until this Thursday.

We know funerals are about 10grand and his mother is tight on money. We want money to be the last of her worries.

Daniel Velazquez last words were, “mommy I don’t wanna die. I got this!”
Our poor boy was fighting…

Please help us raise money for the funeral anything at all is a contribution.

http://www.gofundme.com/pn621s

I am trying to raise money to bury my beautiful sister who just died from pancreatic cancer on Saturday. She was very loving and caring to everyone whos lives she touched. If you new donna you knew you had a friend. My sister was just that person who has been there for anyone.

please donate if possible my friends mother just passed and they’re trying to raise money for her funeral. i know it’s not your job to care but this is important to him in a way that you cannot understand.

even if you can’t donate please share…

really please share 

Richard III Reburial Celebration Starts Sunday

More than 500 years after he was buried in a hastily dug grave in Leicester, England, Richard III is getting a proper funeral.

On Sunday (March 22), Richard’s fans will kick off a week of events complete with fireworks, choirs and solemn processions to celebrate the reburial of the medieval king.

Richard’s lead-lined oak coffin coffin will make its first public appearance at 10:50 a.m. local time (6:50 a.m. EST) Sunday as it leaves a building at the University of Leicester, the institute where scientists had been studying Richard’s remains for the past two years. Read more.

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Early this morning around 1 A.M, 19 year old Holly Aeschlimann (many of her friends knew her by Hollis Lynee) was stabbed to death during an altercation with an 18 year old female. http://www.registercitizen.com/general-news/20150417/woman-19-stabbed-to-death-in-torrington-police-say
The perpetrator had assaulted a victim a year prior as well but was let off, as it was her first major offense. She is currently in custody but was seeking bail a few hours ago. She is a dangerous assailant who does not deserve to return to the streets.

Holly was brought to the hospital immediately but died due to her injuries. Hollis was an amazing young women with a vibrant smile that would “light up the room” as many put it. With a fearless attitude and a giggly laugh that wasn’t to be forgotten, she was having the time of her life with her wonderful friends. As one of her friends worded it “Whether you met her once or saw her everyday I don’t think anyone will ever forget her smile & laugh.” Everyone knew her and adored her equally. My whole community is shocked that such a heartless tragedy could take away such a sweet “munchkin.” Even more heart wrenching, Holly was also in the midst of constructing her life and looking forward to what the future held. She know does not have the chance to even see her twentieth year of life. Her youth and brightness were cut short and dark by a senseless and violent action.

This is Holly’s link to the Go Fund Me page set up to help her family: http://www.gofundme.com/HollisLynnee?fb_action_ids=10153220660690097&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_ref=undefined&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B874898359214935%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.shares%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%22undefined%22%5D
Funeral costs are almost unbelievable and for such a grieving and heartbroken family, they deserve every bit of assistance they can get. Please, if you can, donate any minimal amount and/or share this post. That will help in more ways than you can ever possibly imagine. Thank you so much for your time and consideration in this difficult time. Holly may not be walking on the earth anymore but her smile is the warmth in the sunshine. Don’t forget about her and don’t let others not know her name. Holly deserves justice and peace to accompany her in the afterlife. “Hollis Lynee” 2.5.1996 - 4.17.2015 You will be missed every second of every hour.

PAKISTAN, Lahore : Pakistani Christians mourn over the coffin of the victim of a suicide bomb attack on a church in Lahore on March 16, 2015. Thousands of Christians rioted in the Pakistani city of Lahore, smashing property and vehicles as they clashed with police in a second day of protest against twin Taliban suicide bombings of churches that killed 17 people. AFP PHOTO/ ARIF ALI