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an excellent image, Berig! dab(𒁳) 16:02, 1 April 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, Dieter!--Berig (talk) 16:41, 1 April 2008 (UTC)
there appears to be no consensus that there ever was a religious ritual called symbel. Rather, symbel seems to be the unmarked term for "feast". The importance follows from Germanic retainer culture, i.e. the obligation of a lord (loaf-warden) to feed his followers well. The various scenes where dramatic oaths or speeches are made "at symbel" simply reflect the fact that if you were going to say something important, you'd best say it in a place where all the important people will hear it, i.e. at an assembly in the chief's hall. This still makes symbel (i.e. the feast sponsored by a leader for his followers) an important aspect of early Germanic warrior culture, but it rather strips away any religious (cultic) overtones. --dab(𒁳) 13:30, 13 January 2009 (UTC)