I know that I hung
on a windy tree
nine long nights,
wounded with a spear,
dedicated to Odin,
myself to myself,
on that tree of which no man knows
from where its roots run
Edda,Hávamál: Odin describes his own sacrifice dedicated to himself hanging in the world-tree Yggdrasil.
Sources like gotlandic picture stones(see picture below) from the viking age show that the vikings had some kind of sacrificial rituals that included people got hanged in trees and got wounded by spears.
We brought that ancient sacrifice to a new life. We suspended people in a tree on midsummer which was a high ceremonial time in the viking age. Celebrating the longest day of the year is still common in the north.
Special grateful thanks to the "hangmans"
With great help and support of: Muffe http://bodyextremes.com who did the suspension
Erik https://www.facebook.com/ShopRaudi great viking appearance and playing mouth harp
(unfortunately not to hear on the pictures ;-)
check out his jewelry, he´s making amazing viking jewelry
Kai http://nordictattoo.blogspot.de shamanic leader of the ceremony