05 Feb Sacred Teutoburgerwald
The sacred woods – Tacitus wrote in chapter 39 — “… great reverence is paid to forests. No one may enter unless bound with a cord, as an inferior who acknowledges the might of the deity. It reflects the belief that there the god is ruler of all …” Teutoburg forest was certainly a sacred forest and a place of cult. In the battle of Teutoburgerwald, Varus the commander of the Roman legions committed suicide. So did every other officer who knew it was the practice of the Cherusci to nail their vanquished but still living enemies to the trunks of sacred oak trees. Arminius (Hermann) sent Varus’s head to Maroboduus, king in Bohemia. And Maroboduus, for diplomatic reasons of his own, forwarded the head to Rome. Dio Cassius reports that at the time of the defeat the temple of Mars in Rome was struck by a thunderbolt, many comets and blazing, strange lights were seen in the northern sky, the statue of Victory, which had been placed at a crossroad pointing the way to Germania, inexplicably turned in the opposite direction, pointing the way into Italy. Never again the legions entered the sacred forests of Teutoburg nor tried to conquer the regions over the Rhine.