The Chiemsee Cauldron is a gold cauldron featuring apparent ancient Celtic designs, found at the bottom of the Bavarian Lake Chiemsee in 2001. Due to the similarity of its Celtic imagery, the Chiemsee Cauldron has been compared to the Danish Gundestrup Cauldron (discovered in 1891), and has a diameter of 50 cm, a height of 30 cm, and is made from 10.5 kg (23.15 pounds) of 18 carat gold. Whereas the Gundestrup Cauldron dates to around the 1st century BCE, the Chiemsee Cauldron, by way of comparison, dates to the 20th century, and is thought to be an ornate artefact manufactured by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime (possibly during the 1930’s), as analysis of the gold structure confirms its modern origination.
It seems that it was commissioned by high-ranking Nazi Germans (such as Heinrich Himmler), as a means to re-create the old Celtic belief system that existed in Europe prior to the rise of Christianity. This may well be the case, but the Nazi obsession with pre-Christian, Celtic belief seems a little odd, considering that the Germanic people were probably not of Celtic origination. However, it is known that ancient Europeans tended to venerate bodies of water as being ‘holy’, and sunk important articles of faith (including cauldrons) into them. This may be because the calm surface of the lake reflected the sky, and the bed of the water might have been considered a supernatural means of ascending into that sky. This would imply a case of travelling deep, to soar high, etc, in primitive belief systems. As the cauldron was a place for the transformation of food (such as in cooking raw food), this function of changing one thing into another, could explain why ancient Europeans appeared to place such emphasis upon the cauldron, and the lake-bed. Both may have been viewed as ‘doorways’ to another dimension. The Nazi German regime, with its bizarre mixture of occult worship and genocide, may well have placed this object in the lake as a means of attracting ‘good luck’ from the old Celtic gods for the Hitlerite regime. Another theory is that it was thrown into the lake at the end of WWII, as a means of preventing it falling into the hands of the advancing allies. However, dating seems to suggest that it was made either in 1939 (or before, dating back to around 1925), and may well have been placed in the lake prior to WWII, as an offering to secure Nazi German victory, and presumably the resurrection and spreading of the old Celtic belief system. Given this hidden ‘pagan’ agenda of the Nazi German regime, it seems equally bizarre that the Roman Catholic Church supported Hitlerism with such enthusiasm.