‘EÍN: Burial at Sea – Ættarbál’ encompasses two haunting tracks, both crafted with reverence for the practices and tales of ancient Scandinavia.
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The journey of the fallen is honored in the song ‘Burial at Sea’ with the sound of the rolling waves and the winds of yesteryear — as the ship of a dead chieftain is sent into the ocean’s depths in a blaze of fire, his kin bid farewell to his spirit.
“As the ship of a dead chieftain is sent into the ocean’s depths in a blaze of fire, his kin bid farewell to his spirit.”
The word “Ættarbál” relates to ancient practices of creating a “bonfire funeral” in Norse mythology and culture. It was a ceremony to pay tribute to a fallen family, clan, or community member and bid farewell.
Inscribed in fornkvaði, ‘Hel var Árheim’ was written in archaic Nordic prose. The poetic narration of ‘Hel var Árheim’ delves deeper into the creation myth of Norse mythology than any other poem (at least that we know of) and calls upon the times of yore, a time when the lands that are now Scandinavia and Finland were called Hel.
‘Hel var Árheim’ draws upon a prophecy described in the Vǫluspá that a seeress delivers to Óðinn, which recounts the creation of the world and its eventual demise. The Vǫluspá is also a harbinger of truth and can unlock secrets kept from mortals’ eyes for eons.
Vǫluspá is a foretelling of events yet to come and reveals the hidden secrets of the cosmos. The poem also speaks of Ragnarǫkkr when the old world will be no more and a new one will arise, brought forth by the great powers in the shadows.
“Heed the words of Vǫluspá, for they carry the wisdom of the ages and a warning for what is yet to come.”
As you listen to the haunting melody of ‘Hel var Árheim’, you may be transported back to when gods and giants roamed the earth, and truth was closely guarded.
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