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One of the most interesting Oseberg discoveries is the so-called Buddha-bøtte or Buddha bucket. It is a pail with two identical figures forming the joints of the pail handle. Both figures represent a man seated in the Lotus position. His head is flat. His face with closed eyes has a peaceful and sunken expression. The man’s breast is ornamented with red and yellow champlevé enamel as well as panels of millefiori. Four swastikas on the enamel decoration have the shape common in the Buddhist tradition, in which this symbol represents auspiciousness and good fortune
Who is the person represented on the Oseberg bucket, if not Buddha from Asia? Is it a meditating Viking? A Norse god? This remains a mystery
Originally posted by punkinworks10
Also I firmly believe that Christ travelled to India with a caravan in his youth and became a buddhist and actually acheived enlightenment at a monastary in Nepal. He was venerated as the Buddhist saint Issa and returned to Palestine when he was in his late 20's .
Originally posted by coredrill
Any human image represented as a man meditating sitting in crossed legs pose need not be Buddha or anything connected to Buddha,
hey Hans, the above line is addressed at those who named the artifact Buddha Bucket..not you as the OP..edit on 10/1/12 by coredrill because: just to inform hans that it is not aimed at him..lol
Originally posted by ManjushriPrajna
It was in the 7th century when Emperor Gaozong began to allow the building of Christian monastaries in over 300 prefectures. It's possible many Buddhist artifacts made their way to Europe somehow between then and when Christianity was first brought to China.
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by Omphale
I believe that you have probably just given the reason for it - it was probably picked up on voyages. It is well known that "Vikings" travelled the lakes and rivers of Europe and beyond rather than simply sticking to the sea. As such, this provided a perfect opportunity for lightening raids for booty.
Later on in the Viking Age, there are accounts of Harald Hardrada working as a mercenary (effectively) for the King of Kiev - this shows the vikings knew how to use the rivers to get to the Ukraine area.
Much as i favour fanciful ideas and explanations, in reality it is usually the obvious that holds true (unfortunately!).
Varangians roamed the river systems and portages of Gardariki, as Rus' lands were known in Norse sagas. They controlled the Volga trade route (Route from the Varangians to the Arabs), connecting Baltic to the Caspian Sea, and the Dnieper trade route (Route from the Varangians to the Greeks) leading to the Black Sea and Constantinople.
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by Hanslune
Also, and this is usually lost in reference to the Vikings, they were not predominantly conquerors - they were traders who just so happened to be extremely good at fighting and therefore not bothered about the dangers of sailing to other places to trade.
Originally posted by Byrd
Beautiful piece -- I'm scurrying through here and haven't time for a longer view of the pictures, but the position reminds me of the standard "braided" Celtic art. I've been enjoying your "blast from the past" posts!