Pagan Goddesses in the Early Germanic World: Eostre, Hreda and the Cult of Matrons

Philip A. Shaw

Anno: 2011
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 128 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 234 x 156 mm
Peso: 221 gr.
  • EAN: 9780715637975
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This book considers evidence for Germanic goddesses in England and on the Continent, and argues that modern scholarship has tended to focus too heavily on the notion of divine functions or spheres of activity, such as fertility or warfare, rather than considering the extent to which goddesses are rooted in localities and social structures - such local religious manifestations are more important to Germanic paganisms than is often supposed, and should caution us against assumptions of pan-Germanic traditional beliefs. Linguistic and onomastic evidence is not always well integrated into discussions of historical developments in the early Middle Ages, and this book provides both an introduction to the models and methods employed throughout, and a model for further research into the linguistic evidence for traditional beliefs among the Germanic-speaking communities of early medieval Europe.