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
You 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:
- The word Friday is thought to have derived from her name (and her twin brother’s, Fryr)
- Her legendary, unbridled sexuality is considered more excessive than the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite.
- 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).
- According to rumors she was also a shape-shifter.
That is, why did I choose her? Why not? I think she’s a fascinating character.
Wikipedia (also the source for the photos)
MY A-2-Z INTRO TO WORLD MYTHOLOGY
A 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
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