Female spirits in Germanic paganism  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Female spirits and deities are a frequent element of recorded and reconstructed Germanic paganism and Norse mythology. Scholars, modern and medieval, record many varieties of female spirits or deities who were worshipped. However, some are attested only by single surviving references, linguistic evidence, or only scholarly conjecture. Because of that, there is not clear consensus among the sources as to how these different myths and beliefs should be grouped. The spirits were usually associated with battle or ancestor worship (for example guarding a particular family of descendants against harm).

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