The Mythology Of The Scandinavian Culture

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Scandinavia myths, like many other cultures tend to focus on the male gods and less on the goddesses. Odinn and Odr are the two central gods that are most often focused on in the Scandinavian culture. Two female figures however, play a fairly prominent role Freyja and Frigg. The focus of my research is on Freya but the more information I uncovered the more I realized that with one along comes the other. Freya and Frigg depending on the mythology are the same person or are two individual goddesses who were close and complimented one another. From other religions we know that the same god or goddess could appear under different names, usually owning to the fact that he or she once had a by-name, which related to a cult-place or a specific function (Näsström 70). I decided to research Freya because of how closely linked she is to freedom, sexuality and the idea of magic. Growing up and hearing about Freya she was always talked about as a fairy or nymph, not as a goddess in the way that I would imagine Ishtar or the Virgin Mary. This is most likely due to the fact that she was described as a mischievous seducer. Frigg appears as Odinn’s wife, she is the patroness of the home and a relative model of social virtue. Freyja, on the other hand is sexually very free and active. Many of her actives and practices are seen as magic, which placed her firmly outside of the sphere of normal society; she might be called the ‘wild woman’ of Northern Myth. Both goddesses have similarities,
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