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|Andrée Spence |
|These 2 boats are unusual: people are more realistic, knealing down. On all others on these photos, and those I saw near Nyköping have stylized stick-like passengers. Any idea why??|
|Martin L |
| Whenever the action of the people in the boats seemed to be important they were depicted with more detail . This is not unique to this two boats. There are some hundred boat carvings with people not just stylized as sticks (in Scandinavian bronze age rock art). Of course you are right, the boats with more stylized stick-like passengers dominate. |
| This could be a boat under construction next to the keels laid down for other boats in the foreground.|
|Martin L |
| I cannot see a hint for a construction activity. On the upper boat there are a lure-blower, an anthropomorph with a (ceremonial) axe and 5 possibly holding up the oars. The kneeling posture of the anthropomorphs also hints a ceremony. |
| Why should it be ceremonial? Surely to carve out a boat, with an adze or axe one would need to kneel. I can see all these carvings as being purely educational, to show how basic, practical tasks are carried out. They may have included a ceremonial aspect, but customs and ritual change over time whereas the basic tenets and abilities for survival in a harsh climate do not.|
|Martin L |
| Harsh climate? Purely educational? Sry, I neither agree on the climate nor do I see any educational aspects in this depictions. No one would be able to construct a boat following this alleged "instruction". And what is the purpose of the lure-blower? |
| We are talking Sweden here are we not? Why is it not possible that the lure blower is actually calling out a work related tune so that the workers all strike together, as in the calling of capstan shanties and negro work songs. If, as you maintain, it is ceremonial that implies that there is a process being enacted. What would you say that process was? Who was it supposed to be informing? One could neither follow a ceremony or a full process of boat building but one could easy explain to a child what is required is social co-operation to achieve what may seem to be an impossible task. More Ladybird book than full instruction manual. I maintain that ceremonial follows practical technique, rather in the manner of the Japanese Tea ceremony or sword manufacture. Doing things right becomes sacred. Doing it the other way round makes no sense at all.|
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