Stockholm Impressions 4 – Walk among the spirits

Stockholm was amazing.

But it weren’t the treasures of Swedish land that I will remember as most astonishing.

It was something else.

Something which seemed to be … not entirely from this world.

Bizarre ritual costumes from Papua New Guinea.

Weird Siberian sculptures carved in bones.

Native American’s dream catchers, Japanese Theatre Masks and many more…

All of this awaited for me in Stockholm’s ethnography museum.

Walking through this exhibition was like taking part in one of the Indiana Jones adventures.

Mix of art, ritualism and spirituality, strange figures gazing at me through the glass,which seemed as thin as thin is the border between the world we can see and the realm of the spirits.

Photos: me&brother,

Soundtrack: by Dead Can Dance – Click me!

Ritual Masks from South America

A figure holding a skeleton, made of various animal parts and carved human skull. This sculpture  represents “cannibal dancing society”  I can’t remember where exactly was it from, but I am sure it is a “no go” area…

Golden statue of Budda Amida from India.

Carved elephant’s tusk from Kongo.

And a shaman’s robe from the same region.

I know the quality is bad. But those Siberian figures were really small. And really weird.

Something from the far East –  Japanese samurai armor.

And a gallery of Japanese Theater Masks. Some show people, some show demons…

A Totem from North America. When it glows it means that the spirits of the Ancestors are present…

As mentioned in last part of Stockholm Impressions, I wanted to write about Voodoo.

Well, this was the last and the best part of the exhibition. However, I won’t keep my promise  – and I will write about Voodoo in a complete, separate log some other time.

For today to close the last chapter of Stokcholm Impressions  – let’s have a picture of ritual costumes from Papua New Guinea.

And a practicing shaman.

Stockholm Impressions 3 – Gnomes meet astronauts

From Royal Armory to space shuttle toilets , from quorter of the admiral of the Vasa ship  to troll&gnome shop, from kings apartments to Voodoo exhibition …  few more images from my journey to Scandinavian capital.

Let’s go for a walk!

Photos – me&brother

Soundtrack by Lunatic Soul – Click me!

 

 

 

 

Stockholm’s landscape: city scattered on several islands.


Becouse of it”s location, while visiting Stockholm having a short voayge by ship is like tasting a beer during Oktoberfest in Munich ( still on my To Do list by the way…). It’s a must.

And if we are talking about the ships, in Stockholm you can see the one which is probably most spectacular in Europe, or even in the world. The great, wooden warship – Vasa.

It gives me a sense of satisfaction, when I think that this huge warship – largest in it’s time, was built for one main purpose:  to defeat 17th century Poland.

See that 5 Meter long Vasa model in front?  It took 5 years to built it.

See that 60 meter long Vasa orignal in the back?  It took 2 years to built it.

And probably that’s why, Vasa sunk just after leaving the shipyard…

One last look into the Vasa – at the admirals quarters.

Rumor says, after his ship sunk…he got promoted.

 And these are  quarters of another Very Important Person. Royal Apartaments in Royal Palace.  One of the rooms of king of Sweden… Errr… what was his name?

This is the place where history is being made. Or to be more specific – celebrated.

The hall in the Royal Palace – where Nobel prize lunches are being held.

And something which can be found in the Palaces basement. One of the armors in Royal Armoury.

This one in particular belonged to Polish king – Sigmund Vasa the Third. How did finish up in Stockholm?

Well, for some time – Polish and Swedish kings where literally a family.

I guess that’s why so many wars occurred…

Big ceremony in front of the Royal Palace – we thought it was the Swedish king who would finally bother to officialy greet us in Stockholm. But it was just a change of guards…

And now something special:

A  gnome.

An astronaut.

And something we were all waiting for.

A  space shuttle toilet.

And what about the Voodoo?

This will come in the next and last part of Stockholm impressions…

Report from Stockholm

Log 2 Blue Moon Station – Berlin

Blue Moon Station Data on Stockholm

Location: North

Economy: Beer is expensive. Very expensive.

Population: Japanese tourists in cities, trolls and gnomes in the forests. Few beautiful blond girls spotted in pubs and restaurants.

System:  Absolute monarchy – however, only during lunch with Royal Family. You are not allowed to start your meal before the King does. Moreover, you are not allowed to finish it, if the King has already finished his. Rule applies even if you are a Noble prize winner.

Report:

They say  ” You make your plans and God just laughs”.

I guess, this especially fits to travel plans. During my short trip to Stockholm – most of the amazing things happened when they were completely unpredicted.  Although I was impressed by Stockholm’s featured attractions such as Vasa Museum or Royal Palace, it were the other more “alternative” sites that would make me trully feel like I was participating in a great adventure.

These were: an unplanned walk through nature reserve, visit to Voodoo exhibition in Etnographic Museum, visit to NASA exhibition in Technical Museum and walk through Viking ritual grounds from Bronze Age.

If you’d like to read and see more – you are welcome to access the Stockholm Impressions in the Photo area, which i will be updating on the course of the week.

End of Log 2