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A Viking Burial Mound in Ladby

Burial Mound of the Viking, Ladby, Kerteminde, Funen, Denmark.

When one thinks of Denmark, it is usually the city of Copenhagen that comes to mind. In Copenhagen, one could find elevated cultural attractions like the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek or the Tivoli Gardens. There’s the statue of the Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale by the sea. One could lose a day in Copenhagen and not realise how time flew. The Kingdom of Denmark has many other hidden gems besides the delights of Copenhagen. 

The Little Mermaid

On the Danish island of Funen, there is a little town by the name of Kerteminde, not too far from the third largest city of Denmark, Odense (meaning “The Sea of Odin.”) In the township of Kerteminde that one may come to an isolated little locality called Ladby, where one would find a museum attached to the burial mound of an affluent Viking chieftain. It is the Vikingmuseet Ladby.

The burial mound has been dug and channeled so as to permit visitors to see the burial site itself. The burial site contains the Viking ship and the scarce remains of the dead, including those of animals (dogs and horses) presumably sacrificed. 

The museum beside the burial mound contains a full replica of the Viking burial and features a video portraying the Viking beliefs of the afterlife. A visit should make one rethink on one’s existential place in the world, existentialism being a key philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard.

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