Week 22

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My wife had some thinking to do with regards to two jobs. Two good choices, but one had to be made, nevertheless. At times like that we get outside, in this case, Särö Västerskog. Other shots can be seen at: The Rollei-gallery
Husaby church. Olof Skötkonung, the first Christian king of Sweden, was baptized here at Husaby in 1008 (he probably did it to peeve off his Norwegian neighbors). The towers that you see here date back to the 1100's.
At the front of the church are two sarcophagi. One is supposed to contain the remains of a bishop, and the other of Olof Skötkonung and his wife. But that can't be true since they only date back to about 1200.
This is the communion bench, the alter and the oldest piece of furniture in Sweden, a bishop's chair from around 1200. The chair isn't used anymore, but the church is still used as a church, every Sunday.
The pulpit is not as old as the rest of Husaby church. It dates back to the 1640's. I forget the exact year. Notice the electric lamp. It is still being used for church services.
This baptism font, like many others in medieval churches in Sweden, dates back to around 1200. It too is still being used.
This is a view from the back, facing the alter. As you can see, they are not particularly large. This is another church close to Husaby. Once again, you can see a pulpit on the left.
The churches were generally not particularly large. This small window up by the communion bench was used to let those who could not find room inside, partake of communion from the outside. This was a rich part of the country and the best places were reserved for the well-to-do.
Not only the best seats, but even the best graves. It must have been a real treat to be buried right under the alter.
This is a grave from 1649. It is for the man and his wife. The man was a stone-cutter and probably made this cover stone himself. Unfortunately, he seems to have passed away before his wife. Her name is there, but if you look in the lower left-hand corner, you'll see that the date of her death has not been carved into stone ... only the first two digits: "16" with a blank space left for the last two. Who is going to do it when the stone-cutter has already passed away? You see this frequently, so perhaps the family wasn't as important once the man was gone.
Europe, as the illustrious brilliant leaders over there in the west have observed, is old. Figure it out. If people keep dying in the same parish, it's going to get crowed. If no one takes care of the graves, they just get reused. Otherwise the whole country would be a grave-yard. I ran my finger through some inscriptions. These are from the 1700's. I supposed their nearest of kin have gotten over the grief and had quite visiting these graves. (The print is beautiful, the scan of the negative is lousy.)
But some are left standing, for no obvious reason.
Church grounds, in this part of the country and many others, are surrounded by a stone wall. If you walk around the area you will often find steps built into the wall. These are often out back, separate from the main entrance. Those who committed suicide were not allowed to be brought into the grounds by the same way as others. They were carried in over these steps instead.

Once again, a good print, but a terrible scan of the negative.

These designs, "lillies", are only found in articles dating back to the very beginning of Sweden's Christian history. They represent an art form that goes back to pagan days and eventually Christian art motifs took over.
My daughter before this little excursion ...
and after ... "Are you going to go into that one too?!"

The carneval at Hammarkullen

No sarcophagi here ... just sarx! From the old to the new Sweden.
She was _worn out_. The carneval parade went on for over two hours, dancing in blazing sun.
The locals knew exactly where to find the best seats.
Whatever ...