Altars are the center of ritual workings and are a sacred space. Many altars will change depending on what rituals the person is working on at any given point and time. Use this altar as a means to create the ideal ritual working space for yourself.
**THIS ITEM IS MADE TO ORDER. Please allow 1 week production time.**
**This altar is made from a beautiful piece of pine, is stained dark walnut and I have used a wood burning tool to engrave the wood with a Woodcut that was originally found on the vendel era helmet plate. Found on Oland, Sweden, depicting a weapon dancer followed by a berserker. On the back of this altar is a saw tooth hanger so it can either be used free standing or hung from a wall.**
**I recommend cleansing and consecrating your altarif used in ritual and to not allow others to handle it.**
**All wood working at Oreamnos Oddities is done from scratch and by hand. Rachel makes every item from the ground up and never purchase pre-made wood cuts for her designs. Each item is created on site, is hand sanded and all finishing work is also done by hand.**
**All designs engraved within the wood are all done entirely by hand. You will never find laser engraved wood working from Oreamnos Oddities. Since most of our pieces will be used within ritual we want to keep every item involved and create every aspect of it by hand. In doing so we believe the God's will thank us and this will further your skill within your own ritual practices. It is important when purchasing ritual tools that they are created in this way rather than mass produced.**
Berserkers – bear warriors
It is proposed by some authors that the berserkers drew their power from the bear and were devoted to the bear cult, which was once widespread across the northern hemisphere.The berserkers maintained their religious observances despite their fighting prowess, as theSvarfdæla sagatells of a challenge to single-combat that was postponed by a berserker until three days after Yule.The bodies of dead berserkers were laid out in bearskins prior to their funeral rites.The bear-warrior symbolism survives to this day in the form of the bearskin capsworn by the guards of the Danish and British monarchs,
In battle, the berserkers were subject to fits of frenzy. They would howl like wild beasts, foamed at the mouth, and gnawed the iron rim of their shields. According to belief, during these fits they were immune to steel and fire, and made great havoc in the ranks of the enemy. When the fever abated they were weak and tame. Accounts can be found in the sagas.
To "go berserk" was to "hamask", which translates as "change form", in this case, as with the sense "enter a state of wild fury". Some scholars have interpreted those who could transform as a berserker was typically as "hamrammr" or "shapestrong" – literally able to shape-shift into a bear's form.:126For example, the band of men who go with Skallagrim in Egil's Sagato see King Harald about his brother Thorolf's murder are described as “the hardest of men, with a touch of the uncanny about a number of them ... they [were] built and shaped more like trolls than human beings”. This has sometimes been interpreted as the band of men being "hamrammr", though there is no major consensus. Another example of "hamrammr" comes from theSaga of Hrólf Kraki. One tale within tells the story ofBödvar Bjarki, a Berserker who is able to shape-shift into a bear and uses this ability to fight for kingHrólfr Kraki."Men saw that a great bear went before King Hrolf's men, keeping always near the king. He slew more men with his fore paws than any five of the king's champions."