Odin is described as the principal god of the war elite; His power was not that he was a warrior, but that he was able to come into contact with the other world. Through his two ravens, Hugin and Munin, who represented knowledge and memory, he knew everything that would happen and knew everything in both the past and the future.
Odin mastered the transformation and could transform himself into any other form, animal as well as human. His ability to acquire knowledge through transformation has a striking resemblance to the religious specialists known as shamans.
The Animals As a Link To The Gods
The belief that particularly powerful people could take the form of animals, permeated the Norse faiths. The animals were considered a link between this world and the other. The horse was perceived as a messenger of gods to people, and horse were so important that the church since imposed stringent penalties for eating horsemeat.
The same belief was also behind predictions and warning from, for example, the behavior of birds. This explains why weapons and jewelry in those centuries were decorated with animal motifs. Thus, the power and special abilities of the animals were transferred to selected objects.you can findsome of these jewelries at LYRDesign if you hold to such beliefs.
The Faith In Transformation And Soul Travel
Even though the military power was largely dependent on force and political alliances, the real power – as for Odin – consisted of access to and control of communication with the hereafter.
Therefore, the cult acts were carried by the elite, which were linked to the gods and the divine heroes through fictional mythological descent. The warrior elite occupied a place between the gods and ordinary people.
The Material Expression Of Faith
Together with the animal novelty, which was a new element in the Nordic culture circle in the early 400’s, the coin-shaped hinges, a so-called brakeater, is a Nordic transformation of the Roman gold solidus. The Roman Emperor portrait is replaced with a face with the hair shaped like a bird’s head, and the face sits directly on top of a large animal with both horns and beard, that is a moose or a mixture of horse and goat.
The motif is interpreted as the Scandinavian version of Odin, and some researchers believe that this motif represents the God king in his most powerful position on the journey to the Second World (in Birdham). It is this motif, which during the Iron Age (500 BC – 1050 AD) was transformed into Odin and his ravens.