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[to Whom the third day of October, day 276, is dedicated]
Linguistic Note: the word occurs in the old Nordic poem Rigsthula where it seems to mean 'great grandmother'. Jacob Grimm suggested 'Tales of a Grandmother' as its meaning. Eirikr Magnusson suggests that it is the possesive case of the place-name Oddi, thus meaning the "Book of Oddi'. In fact the word is still (azov 1987) used in modern Icelandic for Grandmother.
Description: Goddess of myth, the poetic arts and history; Inspirer of story-tellers; Eponym of the Eddas; Mother of mothers; Ancestress of the Thralls, (those who work the land for food).
To Whom Sacred: the eddas (the type of poetry She inspires -- they usualy open with an invocation to Her).
Male Associates: consort Ái, Grandfather, lover Rig, also known as Heimdal.
Linguistic Note: See Linguistic Note under Amba, Mother, Who is linked with Ambika, Little-Mother.
Description: Ancestress of craftspeople, tradespeople and business people.
Geography/Culture: Scandinavian: Norse.
Linguistic Note: related to German Moder, 'mother; clay, mud'.
Description: Mother Goddess of scholars, hunters, soldiers and leaders. Some say Ancestress of the ruling caste of jarls, the landowners.
Linguistic Note: Scandinavian saga, 'a tale'. Icelandic segha, 'to say'. Related English words: saga, say.
Description: Goddess of the poetic arts and history; She Who is believed to know all things; She Who sits drinking gaily in Sokkvabekr, 'Sinking-beck', Her home in the sea, where cool waves flow.
To Whom Sacred: golden cups.
Male Associate: Odin, Her father, with whom She drinks.
Sagara, S*G1R1, Ocean.