Sun symbols

The rock carvings can give different insights into why and how the sun was worshipped. Sun symbol motifs can be divided into four groups:

The sun symbol connected to a wagon or draught animal.
solhäst från Arendal
The horse pulls the sun which is surrounded by ‘adorants’, the so-called adorers.

The sun symbol connected to a boat.
The boat transports the sun back to its starting point at night.

The sun symbol connected to human figures
kvinnor vid solen Aspeberget
The sun is surrounded by admirers: two women touch the disc (maybe the sun). A cup mark is placed at the feet of one of the women.

The sun on a tripod
Backa Brastad
Perhaps a maypole tradition from the Bronze Age?

Animals Motives Cup Marks


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