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02.12.2020

Silver amulet Freya, Aska

Silver amulet of the Viking period of the Norwegian goddess Freya, found in Aska in the parish of Hagebuhog, a hundred Aska, the municipality of Wadsten, Estergetland, Sweden.

Freya is described in many different ways, but her two main aspects are love and fertility. She loves erotic poetry, and the myths say that she is part of "the oldest profession in the world", that is, a prostitute, which is quite common with the goddesses of love in ancient mythologies. She also practices cider, or Scandinavian magic. In fact, the addition of magic to Norwegian culture is directly attributed to Freya, who introduced it to the gods and people.

Freya practices a special type of magic known as fortune telling or fortune telling. She also has the ability to rewrite destiny. This aspect of Freya is very revealing because we know that in the Scandinavian culture known as the Volvo, there were people who practiced magic.

The Volvas were sorceresses and soothsayers who traveled from city to city doing magic in exchange for housing and food. Their social status was ambiguous: they were simultaneously exalted, feared, desired, glorified and despised. You can see the findings from the tomb of the Volva to Eland, which are now on display in the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm. Among these finds - an iron rod 82 cm long with bronze details; a jug, probably, from Persia; and a Western European bronze bowl - all this shows how much the Volva traveled.

One of the most famous volves is in the fairy tale of Beowulf. As recorded by the Roman historian Tacitus, the Queen of Denmark is known as Veleda . She is the wife of a detachment leader, and it is her duty to predict the outcome of the proposed action plan through fortune-telling. In addition, during the ritual feasts, Veleda had to serve a special cup of liquor to the military detachment to help them in their approaching quest.

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