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Syftesok-cachen Traditional Geocache

This cache has been archived.

cervisvenator: Hi

While I feel that should hold the location for the cache owner and block other cachers from placing a cache in the area around this cache for a reasonable amount of time, we can’t do so forever.

Nothing seems to happen with this cache listing, so it is now archived, so that someone else can place a cache in the area, and geocachers can once again enjoy visiting this location. Also, if it hasn’t been done already, please pick up any remaining cache bits as soon as possible.

If the owner wants it reopened, send me an e-mail and I’ll be happy to unarchive the cache listing if it still satisfies the requirement/guidelines.

(This reviewer note is in English so non-Norwegian cache owners, geocachers and cache reviewers can understand what it says.)

Thanks for your understanding,
Cervis Venator Volunteer Cache Reviewer

Hidden : 07/21/2011
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Geocache Description:

Denne geocachen ligger rett i nærheten av Syftesokbakken og har
sitt navn derav. Syftesok er en av de markerte datoene på den
norske primstaven (kalender fra rundt år 1000). På primstaven ble
denne dagen, 2. juli, markert med en bispestav i Stavanger
bispedømme. I landet ellers var dagen oftest ikke markert.

Syftesok feires til minne om biskop Svithun av Winchester (ca.
800-862). I Stavanger bispedømme var primstavmerket gjerne en
bispestav fordi domkirken var vigd til ham. Ellers ble
navneforvanskningen tolket som at man skulle syfte, dvs. luke bort
ugress, fra åkeren denne dagen.

Syftesok, Svithunsvaka eller Svithunsmesse ble av enkelte kalt
Gamle jonsok. Noen steder fikk dagen også navnet Maria bergegang
eller Maria besøkel-sesdag. Det var denne dagen at jomfru Maria
skal ha besøkt Elisabeth, som var Johannes døperens mor.

St. Svithun var biskop av Winchester. Svært lite er kjent om
hans liv. Helgenstatusen skyldes at det skal ha skjedd mirakler ved
graven hans.

Swithun ble gjort til helgen da levningene ble gravd opp hundre
år etter hans død. I England trodde man av en eller annen grunn at
det ville regne i 40 dager og 40 netter hvis det regnet på hans
festdag, som var 15. juli.

This geocache is located near the Syftesokbakken (Syftesok-Hill)
and has its name thereof. Syftesok is one of the highlighted dates
on the Norwegian primstav (calendar from around the year 1000). On
the primstav this day, 2. July, was marked by a crosier (pastoral
staff) in Stavanger Diocese. In the country otherwise, the day is
often not marked.

Syftesok commemorates Bishop Swithun of Winchester (approx.
800-862). In Stavanger Diocese this day was marked with a crosier
because the cathedral was consecrated to him. The name, Syftesok,
is believed to come from the old Norwegian word “syfte”
which means pulling weeds from the fields; this activity was
usually associated with this day.

Syftesok, Svithunsvaka or Swithun Exhibition was by some called
old Jonsok (See the Jonsok-cache). Some places the day was also
named “Maria bergegang” (Mary Mountain Walk) or
“Maria besøkelsesdag” (Visiting Mary Day). It is
believed to be the day the Virgin Mary visited Elizabeth, who was
John the Baptist's mother.

St. Swithun was Bishop of Winchester. Very little is known about
his life. He was given status as Saint because miracles is supposed
to have happened at his tomb.

Swithun was made saint when the remains were dug up a century after
his death. In England it was believed for some reason that it would
rain for 40 days and 40 nights when it rained on his feast day,
which was 15 July.

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