Roles of the Northern Goddess (Paperback)

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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 Goddess presents 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.

About the Author

Hilda Ellis Davidson has been a lecturer at Royal Holloway College and Birkbeck College, London, Vice-President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and President of the London Folklore Society. Her many publications include The Anglo-Saxon Sword (1962), Gods and Myths of Northern Europe (1964) and The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe (1991).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780415136112
ISBN-10: 0415136113
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: April 2nd, 1998
Pages: 220
Language: English