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Re: Gothic view of mortality

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  • Ingemar Nordgren
    This early there was no great difference between the different Germanic dialects but they were quite close to Proto Germanic - at least that close that
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 12, 2012
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      This early there was no great difference between the different Germanic dialects but they were quite close to Proto Germanic - at least that close that everybody could understand each other enough.

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      Ingemar

      --- In gothic-l@yahoogroups.com, OSCAR HERRE <duke.co@...> wrote:
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      > aint it true that the many different tribes had their own different german lingos......so how was the communication between them......we all know the different tribes collaborated very successfully......franks-goths, etc....
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      > --- On Sat, 2/11/12, Ingemar Nordgren <ingemar@...> wrote:
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      > From: Ingemar Nordgren <ingemar@...>
      > Subject: [gothic-l] Re: Gothic view of mortality
      > To: gothic-l@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012, 6:18 PM
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      > Have no idea about their fatalism. They venerated as far as we can see the normal fertility gods, i.e. primarily Frejr and Freja, earlier Ingr and Ingun, but also Gaut/Ã"ðinn but this was just for chieftains and warriors. The normal population venerated the fertility divinities. They also venerated the spirits of their ancestors and every kunja hence had different ancestors and ceremonies. Every kunja/tribe as well had own relics for the popular cult which were brought with when crossing the limes when the Huns appeared.They also had a fertality divinity, probably Freja, that Athanaric during his persecution let send around to all villages in Gutþiuda on a wagon to make everybody adore her to be sure no Goths were Christian. When the chieftain headed the warriors in fight as representative of and embodying the god Ã"ðinn/Wotan they probably had no fear of death and hence could be claimed to be fatalistic but normally I am dubious.
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      > Ingemar
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      > --- In gothic-l@yahoogroups.com, "Thomas" <the_lothian@> wrote:
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      > > Hails,
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      > > I was wondering.
      > > The Vikings had a fatalistic view of life.
      > > If you were fated to die today, there was nothing you could do to avoid it.
      > > If you were not fated to die today, there was nothing you could do to get yourself killed.
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      > > What was the Pre-Christian Gothic view on mortality?
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      > > Thanks. You guys are great.
      > > Tom
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