Harimella goddess of the german warriors

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Harimella goddess of the german warriors

The scottish goddess

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Harimella is a Norse Goddess of war. This goddess remains a mystery in her worship. It seems that the cult of this Viking goddess is not only related to Norse Mythology, but rather to German-Roman. This goddess was only for warriors and legionnaires, a purely military cult, which is rare among the Vikings, because Freya for example, who is also a goddess of the Viking war is not only for warriors, but other peoples do not share her cult. Another strange fact, the rare traces of his cult were found in Celtic territory, so Celtic warriors could worship this Norse goddess.

The Goddess of the Celtic Lands

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This goddess, present among all the Nordic peoples, gradually lost her importance in the face of Freya, later her cult was only practiced among the Saxons who kept Freya and Harimella on an equal footing. While among all other Germanic peoples the cult of this purely military goddess disappeared, some Saxons took this cult with them to the territories of the Roman Empire in Britain. It is only thanks to the Roman legionaries of Germanic origin that the cult of this goddess survived the disappearance. A stele found in the Scottish town of Birrens and dated to the 2nd century AD is the only material archaeological evidence to date of the existence of a cult of this divinity. Harimella shares this stele, not with Germanic deities, but with Romans (Mars, Minerva, Viradesthis). The goddess Harimella was probably worshipped by other Germanic soldiers in garrison from peoples other than the Saxons, but also by Roman soldiers and probably also of Celtic origin.

Etymologie of the harimela name

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The name Harimella is a typical example of a modular construction of words or names in the German language, based on basic words/terms. Hari is derived from the German (harjaz) and means to arm, but the other part (mella) is unknown. The name of this goddess gave many German first names in the Middle Ages (Mellarid, Baromellus, Mello Baudes or Baudomalla) proof that this goddess was still important, even with the weakening of her cult. For some specialists, if the cult of Harimella was weak and powerless compared to that of Freyja, it was because Harimella was a goddess strictly for the art of war and warriors, where Freyja was a multiple goddess for all people in Germanic society. Probably at one time, Germanic society underwent a great change where the traditional warrior role was in the background. Probably with the first contacts with the Roman Empire, where the Germans knew that peaceful coexistence and trade were better for the peoples. It was probably in these times that the goddess Harimella was abandoned by the Germans in favour of Freyja and her multiple roles, which are useful for the whole society.

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The role of the goddess Harimella is very simple when we look at the functions and roles of the other Germanic deities. The function of this goddess and the protection of the warrior and his victory simply. It had no other functions, which is probably why its cult was simply military and weak, because it depended on the will of the warriors and their leaders. The cult of this goddess survived only among the Saxons, probably by tradition. The Saxons were probably the most traditional Germanic people. The majority of the Germanic deities who experienced a weakening cult survived among the Saxons. Moreover, it was the Saxons who often gave other Germans a taste for the Gods and religion, and it was the Saxons who were the symbol of pagan resistance to the forced Christianization of Germany. After this Christianization, it was still the Saxons who were the least Christian and where the cults to the Gods survived lasted several centuries. And finally, it was thanks to the memory of the Saxons that Germanic neo-paganism found its place in German romanticism. And what gives the strength to fight in the Saxons is the goddess of war Harimella.

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