A Viking funeral for ashes

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Over at Scattering Ashes, here, Rich has been trialling his prototype Viking longship for the fiery water burial of cremains.

What do you think?

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Jenny Uzzell
10 years ago

Fantastic! We are expecting to take delivery of ours around the end of the month. While it is going to be a display piece it will, eventually, be used for my Dad’s remains (Many years from now, I hope). He, like myself (actually its my fault) is a Viking re-enactor and he (unlike myself) is also a professional Viking who goes into schools to talk about the Vikings…there was no way that we weren’t getting one of these!!! As an aside, there is no evidence that Viking ships were ever set alight on the water as funeral pyres. the only… Read more »

10 years ago

I loved it – wondered how far it sailed away from shore?! If you get time look at the GOKSTADSKIPET it was used for a burial in Norway and recovered in the 19th century – must have been a bit like burying an elephant….24m long 5m wide!! You walk into the exhibition hall in Oslo and it’s just there – on its own.. it was so very impressive. ( English on the right down the page) http://home.online.no/~joeolavl/viking/gokstadskipet.htm Opens a debate about how we mark ‘big deaths’ ..we do the ceremonials alright, but imagine burying the Queen in one of the… Read more »

Richard Martin
10 years ago

Thanks for the postive comments!
It went about 20metres / 60ft (guessing) from shore and then stayed in the same place. The main flaming part was about 5m from shore.
I like the ‘barrow burning’ – that would work well too…
Still can’t think of suitable music (if any is needed)

Ru Callender
10 years ago

We also love it, and can’t wait to take delivery of ours. we’re not really product driven as you know, but this ticks all of our boxes on so many levels. A great compromise for anyone who wants the elemental thrill of a pyre, but doesn’t want to go the whole hog.

Melissa Stewart
10 years ago

I think it’s terrific! Well done Richard.