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Pagan goddesses in the early Germanic world : Eostre, Hreda and the cult of matrons

Author: Philip A Shaw
Publisher: London : Bristol Classical Press, 2011.
Series: Studies in early medieval history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book considers evidence for Germanic goddesses in England and on the Continent, and argues on the basis of linguistic and onomastic evidence 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip A Shaw
ISBN: 0715637975 9780715637975
OCLC Number: 505420804
Description: 128 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the footprint of pre-Christian worship --
Linguistic models and methods --
The Romano-Germanic religious landscape and the early middle ages --
Eostre: pan-Germanic goddess or 'etymological fancy'? --
Hreda --
Conclusion: role of the northern goddess?
Series Title: Studies in early medieval history.
Responsibility: Philip A. Shaw.
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