name = Ior Bock
birth_date = birth date and age|1942|1|17
birth_name = Bror Holger Svedlin
nationality = FIN
known_for = "The Bock Saga"
lighting technician, actor, tour guide
parents = Knut Victor Boxström (1860–1942) and Rhea Boxström
Ior Bock (born Bror Holger Svedlin;
January 17 1942) claims that his family line (Boxström) has been keepers of an ancient folkloretradition passed down through the generations, that provides insight into the pagan culture of Finlandand its history.
According to Bock's autobiographical "The Bock Saga", he was born as the result of an incestuous relationship between captain Knut Victor Boxström (1860-1942), who would have been 81 years old at the time, and his own daughter Rhea. Knut's only son had been killed in the
Finnish Civil Warin 1918, and this was a desperate measure to continue the male line. Knut Victor Boxström died a month after Ior's birth. Ior was adopted by Rhea's husband, Bror Gustaf Bertil Svedlin.
The Finnish free-lance journalist Magnus Londen would rather Bock be born to a gardener from
Porvooand adopted by Bertil and Rhea Boxstrom-Svedlin. In his investigative article Londen stresses that Ior Bock seems to have had a somewhat troublesome childhood. At the age of nine, in 1951, he was supposedly sent off to an institution. He finished school at age 15 and got a training practice as a lighting technicianat Svenska Teatern, The Swedish Theatre in Helsinki, where he completed his basic education to become a professional actor at the same theatre by the age of 21.
In May 1962, Ior's brother Erik (also adopted) died of a gunshot wound sustained under unclear circumstances. In the police report, Ior originally stated that he had thrown a loaded pistol to Erik, which accidentally went off, shooting him through the heart and killing him; however, he later claimed (or admitted) that his brother had committed suicide. In closing the case Ior was eventually given a four-month suspended sentence for
Due to his family's specific interest and knowledge of Finnish history he became privately engaged with the history of the island fortress Sveaborg (in Finnish, Suomenlinna), the largest and most central monument of modern Finland. By 1969 and until 1984 he was employed as a tourist guide there. That was when his incredible saga became known.
On June 3, 1999, Ior Bock was attacked in
Helsinkiand stabbed in the back with a knife several times. The attack left him a quadriplegic. He continues to promote his ideas.
After the funeral of his mother (June 23rd, 1984) Ior (Boxström-Svedlin) claimed that his mother Rhea (Boxstrom-Svedlin) had left him a will that contained a very specific duty, which was to bring their very family-saga to the attention of professional historians as well as the public. The first recordings were done in Swedish in 1984 and 1985 at The Archive of Folklore in Helsinki. Later he gave further outlines and specifics in numerous tapes - and 1996 the Finnish writer Juha Javanainen collected some basic extracts in the book "Bockin Perheen Saga" (Helsinki, 1996).
In his saga Ior Bock employs a distinct and particular
etymology, based on the letters of the Scandinavian alphabets (Swedish and Finnish). To support his allegedly "historical" saga he relates it to the old folklore of Scandinavia, supposedly describing what formed the nucleus of the ancient Finnish and Scandinavian cultures. The saga describes in detail many topics, such as geography, arts, architecture, northern European family lines, and so on.
One of the more surprising lessons to be learned from his stories is that the ancient culture had very different ideals from our modern ones, such as the common tradition of sperm-drinking. The reason is seemingly to "save their
semen" - by practising autofellatio, which this family-saga names "sauna-solmu" - in order to drink the "Viisauden Vesi" (water of wisdom), also referred to as "The Water of Life" and "The Seeds of Life" (spermia). Women would ingest their "mahla" ("sap" - female ejaculation) accordingly. Moreover they would drink their vaginal liquid with a straw. Further they would also insert the straw into another woman's vagina. According to the Bock Saga this used to be collective tradition amongst men and women, where "heart-friends" (of the same sex) would share a special favour and sacramentto each other, enhancing their respective fertility and vital energy.
yogaexercises to keep limber, he and his followers began fundraising in order to finance the excavation of an ancient treasure chamber, the legendary "Temple of Lemminkäinen". According to his family's stories, a large stone slab covered the entrance to one of the temple's hallways - on the side of a mountain. In the years between 1987 and 1990, a stone slab was found and so was a hallway - going 70 metres inside the Sibbo mountain, 35 km east of Helsinki. Allegedly, the ancient royal family of Finland used this temple for storage for many generations.Fact|date=August 2007 This area was the ancient seat of the Boxström family.Fact|date=August 2007
In the summer of 1990, marijuana smoking was observed on Ior Bock's premises, which led to police charges and a social scandal. As a consequence, sponsorship of the excavation drastically diminished. The last excavation work stopped in 1991 - far away from completion. Ior Bock has since been trying to raise funds to resume the excavation, but without success. Yet, he still contends that there were many encouraging features discovered during the former excavations. In particular, he emphasizes that his mother's story of a hallway hidden under Sibbo mountain proved to be true.Fact|date=August 2007
Bock in modern culture
Kingston Wall, a Finnish progressive rockgroup included the core of Bock's teachings on their last album, "Tri-Logy". The saga was described in the CD booklet and some of the song lyrics featured themes from it.
An experimental music and video group from
Patagonia, Argentina, "Ensamble Circular", led by the multimedia artist Ulises Labaronnie uses the Bock Saga as inspiration for their performances and lyrics.Fact|date=August 2007 In the booklet accompanying the CDs there is also an explanation of "Rot language", the alleged root language of all human cultures. The group explore mythological links between the saga and established history.Fact|date=August 2007
* [http://www.iorbock.fi/ IorBock.fi] – Official Website (in Finnish)
* [http://bocksaga.de/ BockSaga.de] ("German")
* [http://bocksaga.no/ BockSaga.no] ("Norwegian")
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