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Viking Goddesses

Series 'Forbidden Knowledge'
Book One

Published on April 19th, 2024

Book Cover Viking Goddesses

The book explores Viking traditions and Norse mythology. The first part focuses on the völva, a wise woman who gives advice to both gods and people. It explains the connections between nine worlds and the world tree, which are important for understanding different states of existence.
The book also discusses female characters who symbolize power and wisdom.

The first main section of the book discusses Viking traditions and Norse mythology. It begins with an analysis of the Völuspá from the Poetic Edda, highlighting the role of the völva, who, with clear sight of the past and future, advises both gods and humans. The völva transcends space and time but only conveys events. The world tree connects nine worlds, where everyone lives in their own world, and only those with special perceptive abilities can see others'. In Viking mythology, the story of Menglöð, symbolizing female wisdom and power, features Svipdag proving himself to be the one awaited by the goddess.
Freyja, a significant goddess of the Vanir, represents desirable independence, with her power and sexuality epitomizing the symbolism of female strength and freedom.
Gullveig, the Golden Woman, is a key figure symbolizing female magical power and the Vanir's superiority over the Aesir. The Norns determine the fate of humans, while the Valkyries influence the fate of warriors and are connected to ancient internal forces. The Dísir, less documented members of the god-pantheon, with their diverse energies, remind us of the importance of ancient patterns in our lives and mental health. World Tree

The second part examines the transformation of the women of the icy North through the changes in Norse mythology. The völvas stop advising the gods, and almost all the powerful goddesses disappear from the divine pantheon. The Valkyries' change significantly due to the influence of Christianity. The Norns, who control fate, remain important but also devolve over time.

The second section examines how the portrayal of völvas and goddesses changed in Norse mythology. Völvas, previously divine advisors, now help mortal people with their knowledge. Menglöð, the goddess on the golden throne, symbolizing eternal womanhood, disappears from the pantheon.
The Norns remain important in understanding and foreseeing fate, but they transformed from divine beings into ordinary fortune-telling women who maintained the dialogue between humans and fate.
The Valkyries' original personification as goddesses of fate transforms, first seen as Óðin’s warrior women, then as servants of men in Valhalla.
Menglöd on the golden throne The Valkyries' final transformation occurs when they become human but retain some magical abilities and participate in armed conflicts. The story of the swan maidens highlights the loss of women's freedom and power and the impact of societal expectations on female roles.

The third part shows how women's roles have changed throughout history, highlighting their earlier status in ancient cultures.
It explores how female wisdom and power have been lost with the rise of male dominance and asks if we can rediscover these lost values today.

The third section highlights the prominent position and respect for women in ancient times, emphasizing the importance of femininity and fertility through Venus figurines and other artistic works. Women held high status in many cultures, but with the rise of male dominance, men took over leadership roles.
Minoan Goddesses This section then explores how male dominance and the patriarchal system gradually marginalized female power and knowledge. The evolving example of female wisdom over millennia shows that women were once surrounded by respect and esteem, but this perception has changed today.
It questions whether we can rediscover the inner connections of the world in the 21st century, asking if we retreat into virtual experiences to avoid responsibility and suffering.

The "Appendix" includes detailed analyses of the Old Norse texts, emphasizing the importance of original manuscripts and accurate translations. It explains ancient Norse expressions and imagery, and provides an overview of the literature's genres and poetry.
Additional analyses reveal details and symbols of everyday life in Old Norse culture, helping readers better understand communities and traditions.

Old Norse literature

The "Appendix" offers detailed analyses of the Old Norse language and texts, introducing readers to the world of ancient Norse expressions and imagery. It emphasizes the importance of original texts and the significance of authentic translation, allowing readers to gain a deeper understanding of the original works.
An overview of the genres and poetry of Old Norse literature expands the perspective, showcasing a world filled with gods, heroes, and mythical events.
The works of Snorri Sturluson provide a comprehensive picture of Norse mythology and culture, while historical writings like the Íslendingabók and the Landnámabók offer a solid foundation for understanding and researching the Norse past. These works not only enrich Norse literature and history but also enable a deeper understanding and exploration of this unique cultural heritage.
Further analyses offer insights into certain Old Norse customs, such as Viking marriage practices and the significance of spinning and weaving in women's lives. They present the reverence and worship of ancient Venus figurines, while the Ynglinga saga and the T–O map depict Norse cultural conceptions of the Earth. Lastly, the meaning of the rune on the book cover is explained.


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