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Posted by Raid Commander on Nov 21, 2018
It is briefly mentioned in the Poetic Edda and the Edda of Snorri, it also finds sources in the Völuspá. Sigyn is only associated with the episode of Loki's punishment where, as a faithful woman, she collects in a container the snake venom that drips on her husband's face in order to ease her suffering. However, she must regularly empty the container when it is full, letting the venom flow for a few moments on Loki who is twisting with pain.
The God Loki is a evil god who does a lot of harm to the nine worlds, his goal is to take power in Asgard, but his wife, the Goddess Sigyn is everything but that, she is an exemplary goddess for all the women of this world. Sigyn is represented on the Gosforth cross, a Christian cross, the Christians have made a link between the Goddess Sigyn and their Mary Magdalene.
The etymology of its name is uncertain, but it may mean "friend of victory" (from the old Norse: sigr, "victory", and vina, "friend"). Sigyn is Loki's wife according to the Völuspá, one of Loki's other names is "Sigyn's husband". Sigyn is presented as an Asyne, she is mentioned among the Asynes who sit at the banquet for the visit of the giant Ægir. The proof of the great and strong fidelity of the Goddess Sigyn is the episode of the punishment of her husband, the God Loki. In the poem, the evil God Loki insults the main Aesians at a banquet. Loki's torture is also mentioned by the völva (prophetess) in verse 35 of the Völuspá, where Sigyn is described sitting beside her. The Gosforth Cross in Cumbria (Northern England), dated from the first half of the 10th century, features a mixture of Christian and Asatruar iconography. An image on the west side shows the God Loki chained and protected by the Goddess Sigyn from the venom of a snake. This scene echoes another representation of the sculpture, that of Christ on His Cross assisted by Mary Magdalene.
It seems that the Christian was proof of syncretism between the northern pagan religion and Christianity, it clearly seems that pagan myths were used to establish Christian concepts for a Christianized population but versed in legends of the German-Nordic religion in the face of the limited spirituality of monotheistic Christian belief. Goddess Sigyn is not the first in this case, many other Gods and Goddesses of the Northern religion, but not that, were used by Christians in the face of their religion without much spirituality.
Thus was born the cult of the saints (gods) and saints (goddesses) of Christianity. The new Christians of ancient times, according to certain historical and archaeological sources, had made animal sacrifices and offerings to the saints, of course this was for the Gentile Gods of their true beliefs. The Goddess Sigyn was in this case, it is likely that her cult survived very long after the Christianization of the North by the sacrifices, offerings and prayers of the pagano-Christian faithful to the saint who was Sigyn under Christianity. The faithful ask this holy Goddess for fidelity in their relationship. For all women in the Germanic world, she remains a source of great exemplarity in the couple.
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