Six Questions XIX: Seiðlæti

Although the Germanic record overflows with mentions of female-gendered deities and deity-like figures, most scholars in ancient Germanic studies historically focus on the record’s best attested male figures, primarily Thor or Odin. To date, this development extends to both the arts and popular culture more generally, where, for example, musicians rarely mention goddesses while drawing inspiration from ancient Germanic culture. The first (and to date only) album by Seiðlæti, Icelandic artists Unnur Arndísardóttir and Reynir Katrínarson, makes for a notable departure from this cultural tendency: Þagnarþulur (2017) features 17 songs, each dedicated to a different goddess from the Old Norse corpus.

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