Bremen was founded in the 9th Century but had been a Celtic settlement centuries before that. In 27 BC, it became a Roman colony. * Bremen was heavily bombed in World War II, see ://www.exulanten.com/bombb.html/. As with many old Cathedrals, built on even older crypts, the crypts survived well and, as in Augsburg, served as a shelter for the people. Here, see some of the outside side of Town Hall, and then the interior Crypt area of the Cathedral.
1. Bremen's Secular Stones
A. Town Hall.
Bremen Baby Series
Bremen Baby with Nice Bunny. Bremen Town Hall, Bremen, Germany
Bremen Baby with Cuddly Fish, Bremen Town Hall, Bremen DE
- In the dualistic view of life and religion, largely Eastern, Zarathustra looked up and saw the eagle, prideful and considering itself superior and far above humanity; and around its neck like a friend, not like prey, was a snake, a symbol of the practical, literally down-to-earth wisdom. The divided nature of mankind: some saw self-control v. chaos, the conflict that produces tragedy; others, more like Zarathustra, upper air and earth, heaven and earth, good v. evil, constructive v. destructive, see The Significance of Zarathustra's Eagle and Serpent, at ://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100509073158AAJEoQH/ See FN 1 for Nietzsche and Zarathustra, a fast reference
- Or comments: St. John's symbol (Eagle) vs Evil in Eden (Snake);
- Or Rome's symbol Aquila, the Eagle, and each military cohort carried an ensign of a serpent (this from the site). So, look again at Varusschlacht, not far, where the tribes beat the Roman Legions, and it was said there that some of the Germanics that Rome trained and outfitted, turned against them and betrayed. Snake.
- Norse mythology: The snake that coils itself around Midgard, to hold the world together; when it gapes, things are falling apart. A snake guards Midgard in Norse belief, with heaven above and underworld equivalent beneath. Thor tangles with snakes.
- Lost Tribe of Dan - see symbolism of both the eagle and the snake; the snake will bite. These at Town Hall make sense with the Biblical Dan as judgers. Symbolism discussion at http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/il_tribe.html (do a find for Dan, scroll it)
Celtic-era Cauldron, Cathedral Crypt, Bremen, Germany
Celtic-era capital, woven-knot pattern, Crypt, Bremen Cathedral, Germany
Story-board carved door segment, Bremen Cathedral
Old wooden story-board doors, Bremen Cathedral, Bremen DE
Celtic-era capital and designs, Crypt, Bremen Cathedral
Does this show the theme of dawn and rising sun,seen on other Celtic designs. See especially Symbolism of the Celtic Cross, by Derek Bryce, 1995 Weiser Inc.
Seated figures, Jesus and a woman? Cathedral Crypt, Bremen, Germany
Celtic style capital, wheel and lily motif, crypt, Bremen Cathedral
* Early Bremen history, see ://books.google.com/books?id=GN9UQMuNQNkC&pg=PA171&lpg=PA171&dq=Bremen+Cathedral+Celtic+history&source=bl&ots=gUw439wvDl&sig=NbVR8qHwJJvGkc0_2f-NTfqyqn8&hl=en&ei=NgrPTOrANMX6lwfi0qDnCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Bremen%20Cathedral%20Celtic%20history&f=false/