World Order in Gold
The Gerete bract
The Gerete-bract from Gotland has it all when it comes to symbolism showing the World Order of Erils. Here begins our investigating of more than 60 symbols containing our Celtic Heritage of nobility on golden thin plates and other jewellery
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There are about 1000 known gold bracts from nearly 400 finds in Scandinavia and the Anglo-Saxon area. We find old Celtic motifs as well as heritage from the Ionian sphere in Greece and Anatolia. It is the last blooming of the Ionian culture and the roots go back to second and third millennium BC.
The easiest way to analyse them is to take some good examples and try to understand them. We will never get all solutions but during the search we learn a lot about the time and the Erils
We see the long Celtic hair on most of the heads and some have the "Swebian knot" in the hair. The Swebian League counted more than 30 tribes in Northern Europé and among them even the Celtic Erils that were the nobility in Scandinavia.
The goldsmith's work reach the perfection in the bract from Gotland and it is from the same time as the golden bracelets. They have granulate and masks in common. It was hard work that needed very good eyes and they were surely a team working on the big bracelets. Our day's goldsmiths would not do that kind of work.
Ear of the Gerete bractThe Gerete-bract big picture
They think that masks belong to secret orders. It is possible that the legionaries practised the Mithras cult together with Roman soldiers. Mithras was the Sun and he was born out of the rock. Then secret caves were the place of cult. The Rider bracts have the Sun Horse with Bullhorn symbolising the Sun as holy concept.
There seem to have been an old concept "The Face of Underworld" and naturally the brave macho warriors wanted to show that they did not fear anything. The Celtic warriors knew what the battle is "another world" with no normal rules ... and so it is. War is naturally some kind of ritualised murder.
That is why they prepared themselves for being like phantoms and one symbol act was to put ash in their hair. Normally they used chalk and we see on some Roman coins that they influenced the Romans to do the same.
On this picture we see the six borders and in the middle theSun Rider with the Head of Leader. The bract has the diameter 92,45-mm and weight 59,9 gram
The horse is a mix with bullhorns and claws and it is the Sun-horse Pegasus we see even as such on Roman coins in early times of the Empire and on some Greek coins too. Observe that normally there is only a head on the horse. That may symbolise IOVI /Jupiter in Rome and the Sun among the Erils.
On some golden bracts there is the text LAUR that can be the name and we have some place names too. The meaning seems to be "flow out" and can then also be the Sun. Up to our science the Sun of course drive this planet. We cannot expect that their gods were the same as the local heroes on Island and in Norway. In fact those names are rare in Southern Scandinavia and some of them seems to be from the late national romantic period.
In this connection we must mention the temple find from Pietroasa Romania and the neck-ring with "IOVI hailag". To the finds belong golden items that fit in a temple and in the rites of a secret order.
The six borders tell us about their World Order. The outermost border is the sunbeams. Next is the ram horns and that is the syllable RA meaning "border or limit". We see them in the Hittitian symbolism and upon the Ionian pillar as the border between gods and mankind.
Third border is two entwined snakes and stands for RTA or the old Indo-European "treaty" between the Mights of life. They knew that life is a play together or against something. We all carry within the building forces and the destroying forces.
Fourth border contains pair of double-spirals and it stands for the Twins but also for comradeship and fellowship
…fifth border is the "leader" and head of tribe and he carry in few cases the "oath ring". That means he is responsible with his head as guaranty. Compared to Ionian heritage this is naturally the RAS, which I assumed was ANS or ANSUR in Scandinavia. Compared to Rome it was just the normal "leader cult". It is hard to say which since in general they wanted to make their own style
The Norse call this the Rossland God
Statues and bust is an old feature of leadership. In Rome the nobility thought they were all leaders, much like on Island where everyone is king as they said in my younger days. I have never been there so what do I know. It is only natural that we all want to show the best ancestors.
At this time in Rome many noble man had a statue of himself and bust of two generations back: nepotism was usual and in fact a relatively small ring of families had the power in Rome. That is why they were outnumbered when the provinces got senators.
In our society we have also a lot of statues. In departments of government and companies they have at least portraits of their leaders since the beginning. Some of the most prominent have got a statue. I think we should allow even our ancestors to glorify leadership.
…this Hittitian script symbol show leadership but also the IN-giving spiral. We can compare it to the Egyptian crown symbolising spring. The Hittitian king was responsible for the ritual.
I think it has been in the same way in Scandinavia. In some places maybe they practised divided leadership and in other a priestess maybe lead the ritual. That goes back to Bronze Age as we see in some rock-carvings.
This is more like an amulet or Charon's coin found at Saland Gotland. This was only 14,6 mm diameter and weight 0,49 gram
We cannot be quite sure about the symbol in front and behind the face. The Roman Emperors sometimes have a staff in their hand. One suggestion is that it is a parry stick in front of him, however I do not buy that … see atthe Vi on some figure there is a symbol like that showing the spring
Sixth border is the IN and OUT spiral in use since Bronze Age and we can get a bunch of associations about the variations in life and it shows inter-action.
Elements like these six borders we see on some other types of golden bracts. Se also the examples fromRavlunda,,,, Aasum,,,, Gantofta
Maybe it is not quite appropriate to call it Rider Bract. Most of the golden bracts are just filled with almost standardised symbols. On this we have a Celtic head and he seems to have a Swebian knot and that was fashion even for women. The others are "a bull-horse", a circle of dots and a swastika in the centre. The symbols are surely a symbol of season and the sun year division.