Different Cultures, Different Cremation Urns

In this blog we have outlined a select few styles of cremation urns for ashes from different cultures. We like to think we are good at representing a variety of artisans and cultures with the products we offer, so we have provided some examples of our inspired pieces.

Nordic Cremation Urns

Nordic funerals of cremation and scattering ashes ceremonies date back to the Viking Era. It is said that this was Odin’s way of bringing his children back to earth after their death. Odin’s son, the ancient Norse god Baldur, possessed a ship called the Hringhorni which was said to be the greatest of all ships. Upon Baldur’s death, he was placed on his ship with his wife and horse which was then launched out into the waters and set ablaze the Viking longboat by the giantess, Hyrrokkin.

Celtic Cremation Urns

Amongst the Celtic culture there are many symbols that you will probably see in everyday life but don’t realise. The Celtic symbols are inspired by languages and cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and the Isle of Man. All of these symbols have a specific meaning, for example:

  • The Tree of Life - As it forms a full circle, it represents the continuation between life and death.
  • The Celtic Cross - There are four cardinal directions which represent nature and the elements.
  • The Dara Knot - Translating to ‘oak tree’, this is the symbol of strength due to an Oak’s complex root structure.
  • The Trinity Knot - This knot has three pointed sides connected by a circle, often symbolising spirituality and a universal sign of family bonds. 

There are many other Celtic symbols as these are just a select few. These symbols can be found across the many varieties of urns throughout Celtic culture, paying particular tribute to ancient heritage. Modern urns are often made of ceramic or metal, whereas traditionally hundreds of years ago they were made of wood. Today, wood is still a popular material choice as some see it as a representation of a return to nature.