Lascaux cave art

Lascaux cave art

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Church of England Christianisation of our Heathen Dead

Today I wrote a letter to my local newspaper protesting against the christian reinterment of an obviously heathen Anglo-Saxon skeleton, discovered in Leyburn in North Yorkshire. The remains were dated to 399-544CE, predating the mission of Augustine by 53-198 years! It is incredulous to assume that this man was a christian and yet a Church of England priest presided over the ceremony. This amounts to the christianisation of the heathen dead, an insult to our ancestors who would of course have been followers of the old English Gods, Woden, Thunor and Frigg.

Some cursory research on the Internet revealed this to be more common than I originally suspected. I found this article dating back to 1999 concerning the reinterment of a Bronze Age skeleton by a Church of Wales priest: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/480967.stm

Apparently it is also common for pre-christian remains not to be reinterred but kept on display in museums. So even in death our heathen ancestors are subject to an indignity not suffered by those who were adherents to the christian religion. So even in the 21st century there is still discrimination practised against non-christian remains. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/archaeology/human_remains_01.shtml


"The excavation of human remains, of whatever date, from their place of burial, is regulated by law and requires a licence from the Home Office. But even after excavation has taken place there is the question of what happens to the remains. The divide is often between Christian and non-Christian, with Christians more likely to be re-buried while prehistoric burials more often than not end up in museum storage."

My readers may remember the furore over the refusal of English Heritage to rebury the remains of a prehistoric child found at Avebury despite opposition by the Council of British Druid Orders: https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/technical-advice/archaeological-science/human-remains-advice/avebury-reburial-results/  I wonder how the perpetrators of this disgusting decision would feel about their own child being kept on display in a museum? What on earth can the public gain from such a display apart from the same morbid curiosity which the masses used to derive from a public lynching? The same thing of course happened to the remains of the Amesbury Archer.

Even when our non-christian ancestors are reburied without a christian liturgy christian clerics still manage to get a showing: http://www.honour.org.uk/reburial-at-highworth/

This general lack of respect demonstrated towards our dead ancestors by subjecting them to christian burial rites or displaying them as objects in a museum is indicative of the Kali Yuga in which we are living today

2 comments:

Rayne Belladonna said...

That is so wrong. The church believes it owns everyone even people who lived long before xtianity. I don't think most people are aware of it and should be rbought to attention. No one else apart from you and the druids have talked about it.

Steed said...

An important matter. I was recently made aware of a Saxon skeleton on display in a Roman museum on the south coast. I don't know which, or whether he's still there, but the person who mentioned this has long been active in the English cause and has felt most of her life that this particular figure should have been given a proper burial.