Indo-European Mythology 1, Requirement 7a
Explain how each of the following elements of ADF ritual does or does not resonate with elements of two different Indo-European cultures. You need not use the same two cultures as a basis of comparison for each element. For example, you may compare and contrast the concept of the Earth Mother in Greek and Vedic cultures, and Deities of the Land in light of Irish-Celtic and Breton-Celtic cultures. (minimum 100 words each)
Gaia is a strong figure in the minds of Neo-Pagans, a deity that in the ancient world had her own priests who were so frenzied that they castrated themselves in some incarnations of the cult. The Homeric Hymn to her places her firmly as the all mother, deeply rooted, nourishing all the world. (Morford & Lenardon, 39) In Norse myth, Nerthus is reported to be
Tellus Mater, Mother Earth, by Tacitus, but actual worship of a deity that is an earth mother is more difficult to find in these lands, (Davidson, 111) though later Anglo-Saxon information seems to hand us such a tradition. (Davidson, 114) ADF's retention of this deity is central to our vision and purpose, and we seem to resonate with a similar function for this Goddess.
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