Earh deities for men

From: Nils Weinander (nils_w@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu 16 Sep 1999 - 13:40:06 EEST


It seems like the earth deities are rather
uniformly female, and preferring female
worshippers.
As mentioned, however, there
are agricultural gods, like Barntar and

Lodril. While they might not exactly be
earth gods, they are definitely gods of
fertility, which tends to be associated.

Thinking of the metaphorical connections
between plowing and sexual intercourse,
I'd say an agricultural god is about as
virile as they get. Thus I can't imagine
a Heortling losing face for worshipping
Barntar.

Furthermore, while the earth goddesses may
have (almost) female-only cults, I think
that both men and women worship the grain
goddesses in areas where cultivation of
grain is the most important source of food.

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