Goddess Ertha  

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"ERTHA" IS THE ANCIENT GERMANIC EARTH GODDESS WHO RULES FERTILITY, THE HEARTH, THE HOME, DOMESTIC LIFE, AND THE WILD HUNT. SHE IS THE SYMBOL OF UNITY OF ALL LIFE IN NATURE. EVERGREENS WERE SACRED TO THIS GODDESS. IT WAS BELIEVED THAT DURING THIS PARTICULAR TIME OF THE YEAR THE "ERTHA" WOULD VISIT THE MORTAL WORLD IN HER CONSECRATED CHARIOT WHICH IS DRAWN BY A PAIR OF YOKED COWS. SHE IS COVERED WITH A VEIL WHICH ONLY A PRIEST IS PERMITTED TO TOUCH.

"ERTHA" IS CELEBRATED AT THE "WINTER SOLSTICE. "AT THIS SEASON ALL IS JOY, AND EVERY PLACE WHICH SHE VISITS IS A SCENE OF FESTIVITY. IT IS SAID THAT ON THIS NIGHT SHE VISITS THE HOUSES OF HER FOLLOWERS BY DESCENDING THROUGH THE SMOKE IN THE CHIMNEY AND LEAVING SMALL GIFTS FOR EACH MEMBER OF THE HOUSEHOLD. DURING THIS PARTICULAR PERIOD, TRIBES WOULD LAY DOWN THEIR WEAPONS AND HOSTILITIES WOULD BE SUSPENDED. AND AS THE FESTIVE SEASON ENDED, THE SAME PRIEST WOULD MAKE PREPARATIONS FOR THE RETURN JOURNEY OF THE GODDESS TO HER OTHER WORLDLY ABOARD.

THESE PREPARATIONS INCLUDED NECESSARY SACRIFICES. FINALLY THE GODDESS LEAVES FOR HER ABODE THROUGH A SECRET LAKE AND THE RITUAL IS PERFORMED WITH THE HELP OF SLAVES WHO ARE ALSO BELIEVED TO BE CONSUMED BY THE LAKE AS HUMAN SACRIFICES. THE BELIEF WAS THAT IF THE GODDESS RETURNED HAPPY AFTER HER SOJOURN SHE WOULD ENSURE A BOUNTIFUL SEASON FOR THE NEXT ONE YEAR.

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