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    Hermaphroditic/Bearded Frigga?

    Found by chance this article where it says:

    Norse pagans worshipped the Earth goddess Friga, who was repeatedly portrayed as a woman with a beard. In fact many of the most well-known pagan deities, such as Aphrodite or Venus, names now synonymous with femininity, were worshiped as having beards once; usually in rituals that involved fake facial hair worn by the women who worshipped them.
    Another source (Imagined More Than Woman by Emma Donoghue, University of Cambridge, UK) says:

    A footnote explains that Venus, like Friga, was often worshipped as an idolwith a beard, a divinely hermaphroditical female rather than a truehermaphrodite.
    Anyone heard anything similiar?
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    Reasons for that?
    Has that maybe something to do with a reinterpretation of the naming of the Lombards?

    The Winnilies lived on an island called Scadanan. They were ruled by two chieftains,
    called Ybor and Agio, and their mother, Gambara. The Vandals moved in with their army,
    and the two Vandal chieftains, Ambri and Assi, ordered the Winniles either to pay or to
    engage with them in battle. The Winniles chose to fight their opponents. Then the
    Vandals entreated Godan to grant them victory, and he replied that he intended to bestow
    victory on those whom he first saw at sunrise. Not to be outdone, Gambara approached
    Godan’s wife, Frea, for advice. She suggested that the warriors of the Godan’s wife
    should line up at sunrise, accompanied by their wives with their hair let down and held
    around their faces to resemble beards. When day broke, Frea turned around the bed of the
    still sleeping Godan to face the east and then woke him. On seeing the Winniles lined up,
    Godan exclaimed, Who are these long-bearded ones?” Frea then commented that since he
    had given the Winniles a name, he had to give them victory. Consequently the Winniles
    defeated the Vandals and were thenceforth called ‘Langobards’.
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    Lík börn leika best.

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    I wonder how or if this fits in with the nineteenth century fascination with bearded ladies in carnival side-shows?


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    I prefer to think of her like this:



    A drawing of Frigga I found somewhere on the net, I don't know who the artist is.

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    My picture of Frigga has always been the following one, originally depicted in "Odin" by Kayser-Langerhanß ( a poetic collection), and I prefer to stick with it.

    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    I dont get it, its the langobards who had the beards not frea.

    i am not aware of any reference to frea/frigg having a beard in any litterature or sources , sounds dis-respectful to me..

    its a load of crap this goddess was NEVER portrayed as bearded in the litterature, and as far as i know there ar,nt any known images of her
    from heathen times, so where does this guy get his information from?

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