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Anders Poulsen’s drum

Anders Poulsen´s drum

Drum which belonged to the noaidi Anders Poulsen. Confiscated in 1691. Anders Poulsen himself has explained the symbols on the drum. Reproduced according to administrative officer Lillienskiold, 1695:

1st row:
1. Ilmaris . Stands for storm and bad weather.
2. Diermis . Can recall floods and rain, but has no power until God has given it to him. Just as Ilmaris can make bad weather to damage ships and boats, Diermis can make good weather etc.
3. Form of wild reindeer called Govdde. If the drum is being played but the ring will not land on this figure, the one who is asking about hunting luck will get no reindeer this time, even if he does his best.
2nd row:
1. The sun. This brings good weather.
2. Jumal child. Takes away sin.
3. Jumal -Etiem. God the Father who punishes evil. Can give forgiveness of sins, salvation to the soul and a Christian death.
4. The cathedral. He prays to this for the salvation of the soul.
5. Engil. The holy spirit. Takes away sin so that one becomes a new person again.
3rd row:
1. St. Anne. This he holds for Mary’s sister. St. Anne always sought advise from Mary when women in childbirth needed help, for without Mary nothing can be done.
2. Maria Jumal, Enne, Ache. Mary, mother of Christ, mother of God. Helps women in childbirth especially. Also helps in dissolving sin and is worshipped “the same as God”. 3. Three pictures called Juli-peive, Yule Lord, who governs the days of Christmas. The first is called Ouct Juli peive, lord of Christmas Day. The second is Couct Jule pevie, lord of the second day, and the third Golme Jule peive, lord of the third day. When anyone profanes them, God punishes him, but when someone holds them holy and prays to God for something, then will God answer his prayers, for that reason.
4th row:
1. Manna. That is to say, the man. Prayed to for good, clear night weather.
2. Two-man form which is called Olmoug manna kirke . These are people going into church.
3. A church. This is the church to which he belongs. He says that he and others make offerings of candles, money and other things to this church. But nobody makes an offering unless they receive help. The offering is given to the priest at the church. This happens when someone is ill, has problems with the reindeer or when some other evil thing befalls.
4. The form of a man. He stands on the other side of the church and is apparently going to go inside.
5th row:
1. The form of a women who is apparently the wife of the bound Devil. He did not know her name.
2. The form of a person who is standing a little below the first. He says it represents a Devil who kills people and calls forth illness.
3. A picture of another person who he says is the Devil who is now in Hell and who flies around in the world. He does not know his name, but he escaped when God bound the other Devil. At that time God wore iron shoes and trod them down into a great marsh.
4. Helvit Tol. Stands for the fires of Hell, where the souls of people are burned. 5. He calls this Helvit tarve Geidm. Represents Hell’s tar kettle. In this souls are boiled in Hell.
6. This means Hell’s grave and is called Helvit hauff. Into this are thrown all people who believe in Satan.

 
Ceavccageađge/Transteinen i Mortensnes. Govva/Foto: Mihkku Solbakk