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AbstractAbstract in Undetermined he atJthor dlscusses the relalionship betwccn peaplc and animals in a lime perspective of millcllnia. The starting point is the pre-Chri stian. $can dinavl:m. animal graves ofJogs and hoJ'SCs. the Saami hear-graves, as wdl as animal burials urmodern time. TIle occurrence ofanimal graves In pre Christian time and the wide mnge ofways to dispose of human and animal bodics complica!c our understanding of the com;cpt of a grave The rclatlonshJp between people and anima15 is complcx. The animal burials rene\:l the cx isltllccofa longstanding and very close bond hc::tW(."Cll pcoplc and ;;ammats, wbleb is based on emotion, prestige and rhe tIIualising ofIl dynamit nahm:. II seems that peoplc posItion themseh~ in t!leir SUf roundmgs with a kind ofmentality th~t has a long lime span. This gives unexpc(;led vicws of lhe eulrunll inheritance, of the idea ofpcoplc as Ihe crown ofcreation, and ofthe way in which the maUllhreads are interwoven in ourcultural history.