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Snake as a positive omen

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  • alarik36
    Hails! In the gotlandic or gutnisk gutasaga from the 13th c there are a legend about the founders of the gutonian tribe. Hvitastierna (Whitestar)after coming
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 26, 2005
      Hails!

      In the gotlandic or "gutnisk" gutasaga from the 13th c there are a
      legend about the founders of the gutonian tribe. Hvitastierna
      (Whitestar)after coming to the island(maybe in a logboat), with her
      husband Tjelvar(seen as a nickname for Thor), lights a fire. The fire
      breaks the spell and the island who "natum war uppj oc dagum war
      nidur." -At nights was up and at day was down(sank into the sea).
      After some time she has a dream that she has three snakes in her
      womb. The dream is interpreted that she shall have three sons. It´s a
      lucky omen and they are to be called Guti, Graipr and Gunnfiaun. And
      those men are all ancestors of the Guta tribe.

      I know that a roman writer describes in the 5th or 600 c a gothic
      woman that has a dream about snakes in her womb and this is seen as a
      good omen among the goths. This could go back to an old believ that
      the snake was a fertile omen connected to the old sun-cult. Do
      anybody know which chronicler that wrote this?


      http://www.expage.com/gothicpage/
      http://www.expage.com/uppakra/
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