Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Germanic Solstice Celebration (Proto-Germanic period)

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Series:

Lehmann, Kulturgeschichtliche Bilder für den Schulunterricht, III. Abt.: Ur- und Vorgeschichte

Timeframe:

Antike

Scene of action:

Unknown

Illustrator:

Koch, F.

Publisher:

Wachsmuth, F. E., Leipzig

Year of publication:

1935

Themes:

European history   

The picture shows a midsummer night celebration, which was an important feast in many ancient and medieval cultures. You can see a tribe gathering on a hill at the time of sunset. All people have blond hair which is as unlikely as their short haircut. During the Northern Bronze Age there were many different and culturally independent peoples and tribes. Thus, the existence of the depicted Proto-Germanic ethnic identity is questionable.