Vedbaek key words

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Worldview
Refers to the framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual, group or community interprets the world and interacts with it. For instance, the belief in a deity will lead people to worship. In Ertebolle culture they seem to have had ma
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Cremation
The act of reducing a corpse by burning, usually on a crematory fire or pyre. Cremation is the main alternative to the inhumation of the whole body since its appearance circa 2000bc and was the dominant custom throughout the Bronze Age. The cremati
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Animism
A term commonly referring to the belief in souls. As well as humans, souls are attributed to: animals, plants and even inanimate objects. Animism is believed to be the earliest and most primitive form of religion. At Vedbaek a young woman was disc
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Ancestor cult
Also known as Ancestorism. It is the veneration of the deceased family members and asking for their spiritual guidance and knowledge. The removal of long bones after excarnation, such as Skateholm I, grave 28 (Sweden) could be evidence of ritual use
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Inhumation
The act of placing an object or person in the ground as an act of respect. Many cultures see burial as closure to the family as well as being the necessary step in to the afterlife for the deceased. At Vedbaek inhumations were placed on their back
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Excarnation
The burial practice of removing the flesh, leaving only the bones. This process can be left to nature or completed to a ritual specialist and was very important as it was believed that the soul would be freed by the removal of the flesh. At Vedbaek
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Grave goods
A term describing anything buried with a body; generally possessions and supplies for the journey to the afterlife or even as an offering to the gods. They are a type of votive deposit and most finds consist of inorganic materials such as pottery, j
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Funerary ritual
These customs comprise of complex beliefs and practices used to remember the dead, from the funeral to various monuments, prayers and rituals undertaken in reverence. The customs can vary hugely depending on the culture; some even took part in ances
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Ritual cleansing
Many ancient cultures have rituals linking to a cleansing process, especially involving fire or water. Ritual cleansing can refer to the removal of impurities before worship or the purification needed before the spirit exits the body. At Vedbaek th
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The act of reducing a corpse by burning, usually on a crematory fire or pyre. Cremation is the main alternative to the inhumation of the whole body since its appearance circa 2000bc and was the dominant custom throughout the Bronze Age. The cremati

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A term commonly referring to the belief in souls. As well as humans, souls are attributed to: animals, plants and even inanimate objects. Animism is believed to be the earliest and most primitive form of religion. At Vedbaek a young woman was disc

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Also known as Ancestorism. It is the veneration of the deceased family members and asking for their spiritual guidance and knowledge. The removal of long bones after excarnation, such as Skateholm I, grave 28 (Sweden) could be evidence of ritual use

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The act of placing an object or person in the ground as an act of respect. Many cultures see burial as closure to the family as well as being the necessary step in to the afterlife for the deceased. At Vedbaek inhumations were placed on their back

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