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In doing some research on dance, an interesting question occurred. In Heathenry, what god is associated with or represents dance? It's a bit strange that, although dancing at feasts and celebrations is common, we never really hear about a god involved in dancing, or influencing dancing, or anything similar. So as UPG, a couple of ideas come to mind. Most gods don't seem to be the dancing type, so that makes this more difficult to figure out. It could be said that Thor is a happy god that welcomes celebrations with drinking and feasting, and perhaps simple dancing out of joy could be part of that. But what about more graceful, skilled dancing? The elves come to mind, and it would be hard to argue with the association elves have with elegant dancing. If one looks to the lord of the elves (Frey), something interesting emerges. As a warrior, he represents skill more than fury. As a god of fertility, He makes many things in the world come to life in Spring. In sensuality, He represents healthy masculinity and virility. And as lord of the elves, He reflects their qualities.

But there's more. Not only would one consider dance to be something that Frey does, but the style would be influenced as well. We see Him being associated with stags and referred to sometimes as the Horned God, and there is the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. Although it is a simple matter to wear horns and dance, it would seem to be a substitute for a dance that mimics the movements of a stag. And if one thinks about what kind of movements would be used by elves, it would make sense that there would be that resemblance.

Date: 2010-03-25 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlion.livejournal.com
I haven't really gone too far into specifics on this but it's looking like dance was "general celebration" and they ALL did.

Odin is specifically associated with ecstatic dance afaik ;)
There also exists a connection with "rune" and "dance" if I remember my studies into the complexities of the word "rune".

dance, music, song - seem to be inclusive. I know of no Gods where it was pointed out that they don't do it. From what I've read - so far at least - it's exceptions that would be pointed out.

this seems to confirm your connections:

check this out:
'Freki' may be related to the English word 'freak'. According to my google research, the origins of the word 'freak' are unknown, but some say it is derived from Old English 'frician'.
'Frician' can mean "to desire, seek, yearn for", but it can also mean "to dance".
The Old English word 'friclu' means 'appetite'.

Date: 2010-03-25 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlion.livejournal.com
to sort of explain my thoughts a little clearer: dance, music, speech and the like are "considered normal" from what I've seen and while there are Gods that are considered "particularly good" at one thing or another in this group, I haven't seen a culture of them considering to be INFLUENCING such. I could be wrong but "influencing behaviour" seems more of a Greek thing.

oh and elegance in dance is long associated with elegance in war. This seems to apply across European and Asian cultures - Celts and Russians for instance both had this if you want two neighbouring groups of the Germanic and Nordic tribal groups. WHAT was considered elegant was closer to definitive for a culture or tribe.

Date: 2010-03-25 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snowmoon3.livejournal.com
I'm a belly dancer. I think that sort of dance is something that Freya would appreciate as you are using and projecting a particular sort of sexuality as determined by your needs at the moment.


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