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The so called Stone Hill at Tun - a Bronze Age cairn housing the ancient remains of someone from the local elite.
In our religions, old and new, we have often imagined our earthly societies as being mirror images of the divine ("As Above, So Below") when in hindsight the opposite is evident to be true; it is not we who model our societies on the hierarchies of the heavens, but the powers that be who model the image of God, the divine realm and the divine plan on their view of Man's society and on their plans for it. In this way, what would otherwise be considered obvious injustices and abuse can be easily explained away as being the way the Divine planned and created it. This has proven one of the most effective strategies of all to legitimize rulership and to remain in power. This is the case wether one considers the autocratic rulers of early modern Europe, the Chinese 'Mandate of Heaven' or the Indian division into castes.
Old Norse religion and tradition had its own way to explain the different roles and status of women and men. In one myth, Rig (an aspect of Heimdall) travels the land and visits three homes of mortal couples. In each home he spends the night lying between husband and wife and in each case a child is born nine months later.
The first house is obviously poor and Rig is poorly fed as a result. The couple living there go by the names Ae and Edda. The child that is born from this union of Man and God is ugly and bent but also has considerable strength. He is called Träl (Thrall) .
The second house belongs to a farming couple. The man's name is Afe and the woman's Amma. The child that comes from this union is deft and skillful. His name is Karl.
The third house is rather a great hall than a house. The woman of the house is named Mother and the man Father. The child of this union is noble in bearing and has obvious leadership skills. His name is Jarl (Earl) .
Träl is to labour for the others, for this is what he does best.
Karl is to grow food and to craft for the others, for this is what he does best.
Jarl is to rule and to fight for the others, for this is what he does best.
And thus, we all have a godgiven purpose which can not be questioned by mere mortals.
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