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"Styråke raised this stone after his father Kaur."

This runestone at Källby hallar has an interesting motif. The depicted humanoid figure has a distinctly beastly-looking face. It also has a belt of some kind and holds an object of some sort; maybe a weapon?
So what is it?
The interpretations have been many; from a monk or saint (unlikely), to a warrior, the mythical Grylen beast that Norse jesters/shamen dressed up as, or the god Thor.
The habit to dress up as beasts for ritual and religious purposes is common for many animistic and shamanistic religions and is by no means unique for old Norse religion.
Thor was probably the most popular of the Gods and we can see his importance in many words from our Germanic languages of today. Most of these have a day of the week that is named after him (thursday, torsdag, donnerstag etc.) and the word thunder and its counterparts across the continent is directly derived from his name.
Thor was the god of farmers and simple folk and was considered the protector of humanity as he brought the rains and was the slayer of giants, trolls and other enemies of Man (the thunderstorms were the battles between these supernatural beings). During Ragnarök he battles the monstrous son of Loki - the Midgard Serpent and is slain in the battle after having first killed the beast. These battles with sea serpents are by the way common themes for the sky gods of Indoeuropean religions.
The late Iron Age poem Völuspa on the battle between the son of Odin and the son of Loki:

"Hither there comes | the son of Hlothyn,
The bright snake gapes | to heaven above;
Against the serpent | goes Othin's son.
In anger smites | the warder of earth,--
Forth from their homes | must all men flee;-
Nine paces fares | the son of Fjorgyn,
And, slain by the serpent, | fearless he sinks."

Thor is nearly always depicted with his hammer Mjolnir and his belt of strength Meningjord, which makes him a good candidate for the Källby runestone.
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