Cradle of Civilization

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The Sun and the Moon among the Germanic people

Posted by Fredsvenn on August 4, 2015

In Norse myths, the Sun is feminine and the Moon masculine, and their later counterparts Freyr and Freyia seem to follow in this trail: Freyia is associated with bright shine, rays of light, gold and flames. We know that the Sun goddess was the dominant Scandinavian deity during the Bronze Age, and that her symbol, the sun disc, was gradually replaced with more anthropomorphic images towards the end of that era, which is exactly the era when Herodotus lived, although he may have been relating an already ancient legend. Freyia´s brother Freyr shares some features with Moon, such as control over the weather, growth and fertility, and is, like Moon, known for his power and potency.

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