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Who is Aphrodite? Greek goddess

By |2018-04-23T09:48:09+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Birth of the goddess Aphrodite (from Pompeii, about 50 AD) The goddess of love Aphrodite (a-fro-DIE-tee) was the Greek goddess of love. Naturally she was always falling in love with somebody. Or somebody was falling in love with her. Aphrodite is one of the oldest goddesses, the daughter of Ouranos. In some stories, [...]

Who was the Norse god Odin?

By |2017-06-29T02:30:16+00:00June 29th, 2017|Northern Europe, Religion|

Viking stone, 600s AD, from Gotland, Sweden. Odin is riding his horse, Sleipnir. Sometime before 300 AD, people started to think of Odin (or Wotan) as the chief of the German gods, as Zeus was for the Greeks and Jupiter for the Romans. Odin replaced the earlier chief god, Tyr. Odin had two brothers, [...]

Who was the Norse god Loki?

By |2017-06-29T02:14:05+00:00June 29th, 2017|Northern Europe, Religion|

Norse god Loki? (Snaptun Stone, Sweden, ca 1000 AD) Loki was the German god of tricks. He was kind of like the Greek god Hermes. To help him in his tricks, he could transform himself into lots of different shapes including into girl shapes if he wanted. He was the father of Fenrir the [...]

Freya – European goddess of love

By |2017-06-27T17:18:59+00:00June 27th, 2017|Northern Europe, Religion|

Freya wearing her necklace (about 800 AD) Freya is the only important goddess of the Germans. She was married to Odin, and she's a kind of fertility goddess like Hera or Aphrodite or Venus. Her name just means "lady" in old Norse and old German. Friday is named after her, because in Latin [...]