By: Hjuka Harugari
>I've read somewhere that its got
something to do with the Ura-Linda book...or came from there- any insights?
The term itself was coined in the 30's or 40's, meaning literally, 'Yule candlestick' or 'Yule lamp'. Its also known as Turmleuchter 'tower candlestick/lamp'. The Julleuchter is truly a unique item within Germanic Heathenry - generally speaking, it is virtually unemployed and little received outside of the gards of Irminenschaft or other German-oriented cults, and perhaps rightfully so. The Julleuchter's development and contemporary use is the result of German efforts and research dating from around the early to mid 1900's; its origins and application in antiquity are cloaked in deep and holy mystery, and remain a matter of debate to this day. Its common design is originally based on artifacts found at an archeological dig in/ around Haithabu (Hedeby), now belonging to Germany, and is attributed to the Frisians who once settled there. Of course, given the demographics of the area, it could likewise be any of a small number of Germanic tribes including the Saxons and Angles who may have been ultimately responsible for its origin...Herman Wirth, a German historical researcher, diligently worked to foster links between the Julleuchter and the 'eternally burning lamps of Fasta' as described in the Oera Linda Book- supposedly a Frisian historical chronicle which was passed down through successive generations- it was first 'discovered' in 1820 by a Frisian, Over de Linden amoung his grandfather's effects shortly following his death. It was later publicly revealed in 1871 to much controversy- controversy which continues today...as for the validity of the document, well, that seems to be the center of the controversy itself. The Oera Linda was almost immediately dismissed as a fake. In the 1930's, Wirth put forth his 'own translation', which is the one nearly all of today's English translations are based upon. A great deal of his work seems tied to the Oera-Linda as well as the Julleuchter, though his claims have been met with harsh criticisms and speculation over the years, and like the Frisian antiquarians/historians before him, many of his fellow researchers and others within academic circles then and since then maintain that the work is a hoax, denouncing it as fraudulent.
I've read (an English translation of) the book, as well as some lay- and scientific treatments on the book itself... nothing in the O/Linda details the lamps themselves, and it would seem that Wirth was making some rather shallow claims based on but the thinnest evidence, or but a kernel of bits and pieces...still, I would be rash in denouncing the work altogether- there are certainly parallels to other events in history, particularly the movement of some of the other tribes in the German territories, but that might be easily explained by an availability of 'common knowledge' of such things, who knows...in any case, the book itself is a rather interesting read, though if it has gone through as many hands in interpreting as it seems, and has managed to survive the christian scourge, it was most certainly altered or molested in some way to ensure its survival, and can only be taken at face value at best... barring any CONCRETE evidence, then, I would much rather say that the Julleuchter, or its use as we have it today, was a product of German evolution and later cult development as one would hope to see within a living and dynamic cult, though certainly one inspired by a deeper, and primal truth as gleaned from the few glimpses we have available to us... hope that rambling sheds some light on matters, or at least gives some food for thought...
As a final note, we here in Hammerstede have used the Julleuchter for some bit of time now in our fainings and in samal...it truly lends a 'certain something' to it all, it really does bring a particular holiness to things...again, despite its debatable antiquity, at the very least, it was a 'contemporary' innovation of German-cult inspiration (of 60-60-something years ago), and so, truly fitting for use within Holy context...I'm sure some would argue that 'our 6th century ancestors didn't use it..' etc- but hey, we're not living in the 6th century, nor claiming to recapture/rebuild it...
innovation is the key to evolution.
Alaf Sal Fena
Hjuka, Harugari Hammerstede