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Roles of the Northern Goddess presents a highly readable study of the worship of the pre-Christian, Northern goddesses. With its use of evidence from early literature, popular tradition, legend and archaeology, this book investigates the role of the early hunting

goddess and the local goddesses who were involved in all aspects of the household and the farm. What emerges is that the goddess was both benevolent and destructive, a powerful figure ...

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London-New York 1998 Trade Paperback Near Fine 6" x 9" 211 Pages Indexed. Tight book with some wear to cover edges and corners. Interior is flawless. While much work has been ... done on goddesses of the ancient world and the male gods of pre-Christian Scandinavia, the northern goddesses have been largely neglected. This book presents a highly readable study of the worship of these goddesses by both men and women. Drawing on evidence from early literature, popular tradition, legend and archaeology, this book investigates the many roles of the northern goddess. The early hunting-goddess was a powerful figure worshipped by men across northern Europe and Asia. Local goddesses were worshipped in relation to all aspects of the shared work of the household and farm. Moreover, there were links between the goddess and sovereignty, and thus with northern rulers. The goddess emerges from these writings as both benevolent and destructive, a powerful liminal figure closely concerned with birth and death and with the desti Read more Show Less

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Roles of the Northern Goddess presents a highly readable study of the worship of the pre-Christian, Northern goddesses. With its use of evidence from early literature, popular tradition, legend and archaeology, this book investigates the role of the early hunting

goddess and the local goddesses who were involved in all aspects of the household and the farm. What emerges is that the goddess was both benevolent and destructive, a powerful figure closely concerned with birth and death and with the destiny of individuals.

point of view, since its content seems to have been carefully selected with that bifurcated potential audience in mind. Scandanavian Studies, Volume 71, Issue 3, Fall 1999

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415136112
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
Introduction 1
I Mistress of the Animals 13
The Ruler of the Wild 13
Hunting-goddesses in north-western Europe 20
Guardian of the diary herds 30
The horse and the dog 39
II Mistress of the Grain 52
The ancient world 52
The goddess and the plough 58
Goddess or Corn Spirit? 68
The grain goddess in the north 79
III Mistress of Distaff and Loom 91
Weaving in the ancient world 91
Weaving in northern Europe 99
The Oseberg wall-hangings 106
Weaving and destiny 113
IV Mistress of the Household 124
Guardians of the home 124
Fire and water 132
The birth and nurturing of children 141
V Mistress of Life and Death 154
The healing goddesses 154
Funeral rites 163
The realm of death 174
Conclusion 182
Bibliography 191
Index 203
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