Vikings, godar and orlanthing

From: Michael Raaterova (
Date: Sat 01 Feb 1997 - 12:24:27 EET

>From: <>
>Why I do not like the idea of godi:

>Perhaps I am
>just ignorant, and godi (the singular for godi is something else isn't it?
>Goda? Or is that a cheese? Is this the real reason I do not like the
>word?) was
>a name used through-out Viking culture, and not only in Iceland.

'Godi' is the singular. 'Godar' is the plural. 'Gouda' is the cheese. The
concept of godar was not only used in Iceland.

There were no full-time 'priests' in Scandinavia except at the largest of
temples. And the chiefs definitely were not priests or representatives of
the gods.

All of the ordinary ceremonies and rituals of the stead-based viking
culture were led by the godar. Godar weren't priests that worked part-time;
they were 'priests' if and when they led the ceremonies. Outside the
ceremonies they were just ordinary people who had to work for a living. OK,
not just 'ordinary'; they were wise old men/women who knew lots of weird
stuff and were supported by their relatives for their wisdom, but it still
doesn't make them the RW equivalents of rune-level persons.

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Michael Raaterova
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