Goddess Nerthus  

Posted by Stella Clark

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NERTHUS IS AN ANCIENT GERMANIC GODDESS OF PEACE, WEALTH, THE SEA AND PURIFICATION. SHE WAS A POPULAR GODDESS, ONE WHO WAS WORSHIPPED BY SEVERAL DIFFERENT TRIBES. HER NAME MEANS "EARTH"...SO SHE IS KNOWN AS THE GREAT EARTH MOTHER THAT RULES OF MIDGARD. SHE BLESSES CIVILIZATION WITH PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS. THE CHIEF SEAT OF HER CULT WAS ON AN ISLAND WHICH HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED. AND, AS ONE OF THE VANIC DEITIES, SHE IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH EARTH MAGICK AND FERTILITY. NERTHUS MAY HAVE BEEN THE UNMARRIED SISTER OF NJORD, THE GOD OF THE WIND AND THE SEA. IT WAS BELIEVED THAT SHE AND NJORD HAD AND INCESTOUS UNION WHICH RESULTED IN THE BIRTH OF FREY AND FREYA.

WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING A FESTIVAL WAS HELD WHEREBY A SACRED COVERED WAGON...DRAWN BY TWO WHITE OXEN...AND ESCORTED BY A PRIEST WHO WOULD WALK ALONGSIDE HER WAGON..WAS PARADED AMONG THE TRIBES. AT THIS TIME, ALL WEAPONS WERE PUT AWAY AND ALL FIGHTING CEASED. IRON TOOLS WERE EVEN LOCKED AWAY DURING HER JOURNEY. THEN, WHEN THE FESTIVAL ENDED AND THE GODDESS WAS BEING RETURNED TO HER SHRINE, THE PRIEST WOULD GUIDE THE WAGON TO A SACRED LAKE WHERE A NUMBER OF SPECIALLY SELECTED SLAVES WOULD BATH HER ; AFTERWARD, THESE SLAVES WERE DROWNED AS A SACRIFICE TO HER.

"HAIL NERTHUS, LADY OF THE DEEP EARTH!"HAIL, MOTHER OF BIRCHES!"HAIL, GIVER OF GOLD AND GRAIN!"HAIL, UNMOVABLE ONE! "

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