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Title:
Roles of the northern goddess
Author:
Davidson, H. R. Ellis (Hilda Roderick Ellis), 1914-2006.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.
Physical Description:
viii, 211 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1450 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780415136105

9780415136112
Format :
Book

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Summary

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. Roles of the Northern Goddesspresents a highly readable study of the worship of these goddesses by men and women. 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 destiny of individuals.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Chapter I Mistress of the Animalsp. 13
Chapter II Mistress of the Grainp. 52
Chapter III Mistress of Distaff and Loomp. 91
Chapter IV Mistress of the Householdp. 124
Chapter V Mistress of Life and Deathp. 154
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 203