from a newbie.
Aydan suggested that I should stagger out from a Norse berserk
boozers' forum, and sit down here. One should make an introduction
first. I have extreme opinions which will become evident soon enough.
So without futher ado, I will rush into this comment:
(From an old post by Aydan):
"Odin's name might provide a bit further insight. It seems to arise
from the suffixed form wod-ono, meaning "raging, mad". The Germanic
Wod- in turn, is derived from the PIE *wet(1)- "to blow, inspire,
Other EUROPEAN cognates seem to include:
1) Proto-Celtic *wa:ti- / *wa:tu- 'prophet / prophecy'
which gives Irish fáith 'poet/soothsayer/prophet'
and Welsh gwawd 'praise/poetry/sing/satire'
PIE *wet- may also give the Proto-Celtic *Uati-
which shows up in the following:
Ad-uatuca = prophecy place - the town of Tongres in modern day Belgium
Uatiounos = soothsayer (a deity's name)
Matronae Uatiunae = Mother Soothsayer (one of the Matronae goddesses)
2) Greek Ouateis "soothsayers, prophets," mentioned by Strabo as the
third class of Gaulish "learned men"
3) The Latin vates "prophet, seer" (a possible loan from Proto-Celtic
Etruscan "vatieke" may mean "dedicated" (garden shrine), linked
to "Vatican". Brahmi script for Devanegari form Sanskrit, was
promoted in Syria 500BCE, near the Phoenician traders who joined in
the Etruscan scroll with the "vatieke" term. Skt."vatika" (as in the
Greek southern garden-region) meant a sage's hermitage, and appears
in "Angkor Wat" < negara vatika. ("men of the sacred city. temple").
Thus Odin has this notional link with Cambodia in the sense of
prophecy. Physically, the Scythians reached north Poland 500 BCE, and
Greek Punjab in India 100BCE., from where Brahmins sailed to
Cambodia. Angkor is built as mount Meru, home of Indra (Thor).
.. extreme opinions...