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Ancestors in Norse and Sámi Traditions- Jane Sibley

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Ancestors in Norse and Sámi Traditions- Jane Sibley

Naming customs of descendants were a part of Norse life. In some cases, noble families (or wannabee nobles) claimed a god as their clan father as a means of legitimizing their nobility. In other cases, a deceased ancestor might order a given course of events, including the naming of a baby. One could also, in trance, contact ancestors for advice or help.

Midwifery and Giving Birth Norse Tradition – Jane Sibley

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Midwifery and Giving Birth using Traditional Norse Folk/Magic Medicine – Jane Sibley

Giving birth in the old days was fraught with danger. They didn’t know about bacteria, but they sure knew about trolls, bears, evil spirits, and other problems which might affect the birthing process. In this class, we will examine what folks did from the time the mother-to-be realized that the child was coming, to the time the afterbirth was delivered and the baby was put to her breast. This includes spellcraft, first foods, protection magic, and the role of the child’s father in the proceedings. [1 hour]