F is for Freyja, Norse Goddess of Love, Sex and Beauty #A to Z Challenge

FMy theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.A2Z-BADGE 2016-smaller_zpslstazvib

My A 2 Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. Hope you enjoy them.


F is for Freyja, Norse Goddess of Love, Sex and Beauty

220px-Freia_Gestures_to_Hyndla_by_FrølichYou can also add fertility, gold, war and death. She rides a chariot pulled by two cats, wears an enchanted necklace made of amber and rubies (called the necklace of desire ior Brisingamen) that makes her irresistible to men, and a cloak made of falcon feathers. Her pet boar is often at her side.

She’s quite stately looking, if you ask me.

Freyja appears in thirteen century writings, but is believed to date much further back in Norse tales. She assists in matters of love and fertility and is also a Valkyrie who pulls half of the slain warriors from the battlefield and takes them to a heavenly-afterlife called Folkvangr. Their loved ones are invited to join them.

Three Interesting Facts about Freyja:

  1. The word Friday is thought to have derived from her name (and her twin brother’s, Fryr)
  2. Her legendary, unbridled sexuality is considered more excessive than the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite.
  3. With strawberry-blond hair and Viking-blue eyes, she was considered irresistible to men. She wore a magical necklace (which she got by sleeping with four dwarfs during a storm).
  4. According to rumors she was also a shape-shifter.

Why Freyja?

That is, why did I choose her? Why not? I think she’s a fascinating character.

Resources

Wikipedia (also the source for the photos)

The Goddess Freyja

 

MY A-2-Z INTRO TO WORLD MYTHOLOGY

anubisA is for Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death who weighs your heart

B is for Brigid, the Celtic Goddess of Fire who terrifies me

C is for Cronus, Leader of the Titans, Father of the Greek Gods

D is for Dragons, Chinese Dragons

E is for Ekeko, God of Good Luck and Abundance


 

The CHallenge

There are over 1850 blogs participating in the A- 2- Z event. Something for everyone. I am trying to check out as many of these great blogs as possible. You can too via this link:http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-z-challenge-sign-up-list-2016.html

Blogs I’m following in the Challenge (s0 far):

Alistair Lane, A Certain Point of View – Topic: Zombie Survival Tips in Haiku

Annette, Annette`s Place – Topic: Legendary Mythical Creatures

Dipanwita, Cocktails, Mocktails & LIfe Topic: Poetry

Jo , Food, Life and a Scent of Chocolate Topic: Food

John Davis Frain, John Davis Frain Topic: Six Sentence Stories

Jackie Jain , Words Dipped in Happiness Topic: Poems about Happiness

Ipsita Banerjee,  A Sliver of a Moonbeam Topic: Book Friends

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles – Topic: The ABCs of Mindfulness

Susan A Eames – Travel, Fiction and Photos Topic: Wildlife Encounters

 

 

 

 

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Jo-Ann Carson writes a saucy mix of fantasy, adventure and romance. Her latest stories are in the Gambling Ghosts Series: A Highland Ghost for Christmas, A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day, Confessions of a Pirate Ghost and The Biker Ghost Meets his Match. An anthology of the novellas will be coming out this summer. Currently she is working on Midnight Magic, A Ghost & Abby Mystery, the first book in a spin-off series from her Viking ghost story. Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, playing Mah Jong and drinking good coffee. You can chat with her on social media: You can find all her links on her website - http://jo-anncarson.com

7 thoughts on “F is for Freyja, Norse Goddess of Love, Sex and Beauty #A to Z Challenge”

    1. Hi David,
      I’m having a lot of fun making bite-sized stories. Thank you for stopping by and chatting.
      Best Wishes
      Jo-Ann
      who will hop over to your blog:)

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  1. Oh, Jo-Ann I did jumping up and downs and claps when I saw yours today! My niece is Freyja! That is what her dad named her!!! He father is not my blood but is my brother. He has been dead several years now. He was brutally murdered so when I saw this and the Norse mythology, in general, was a sign from the universe for me!!! So delighted you picked her!!!

    PS Moving right along on Black Cat Blues! Misbehavin’ is next? Yahoo!

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