Norse shamanism. The name “völva” means simply “woman with a staff”. The staff, in Norse also called “gandur” (refer to the English word “wand”), was a symbol of power and, like in this case, control of the supernatural. The bishop’s crozier, the king’s sceptre and the magician’s magic wand are relics from this special kind of symbolism. The Norse word “gandur” means both wand and magic in modern Faroese and Icelandic.
[The Wilderness Battlefield] Unknown Artist Artist: Possibly by Alexander Gardner (American, born Scotland, 1821–1882) Date: 1865–67 Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative Dimensions: From 12.5 x 7.9 cm The Battle of the Wilderness was fought May 5-7, 1864, in the same Virginia forest disputed a year before in the Chancellorsville campaign. When the soldiers took their positions in the woods, the ground was already littered with skulls.
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