Magic and Mysticism in Scandinavian Vernacular Architecture – on Folklore, Superstition and on How the Gods Really Were in the Details…

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Entrances were indeed auspicious. Rarely were they as elaborately decorated as the north portal at the Urnes stave church from about CE 1130, where mythical creatures like serpents and lions battle it out. Photo by Ingalill Snitt from the book “Världsarv i Norden”.

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