We learn from old traditions that their origin was as follows:
Filimer, king of the Goths .. found among his people certain witches,
whom he called in his native tongue Haliurunnae.
Suspecting these women, he expelled them from the midst of his race and
compelled them to wander in solitary exile afar from his army.
There the unclean spirits, who beheld them as they wandered through the wilderness,
bestowed their embraces upon them and begat the savage race,
which dwelt at first in the swamps, a stunted, foul and puny tribe,
scarcely human, and having no language save one which bore but
slight resemblance to human speech.
Such was the descent of the Huns who came to the country of the Goths.
-Jordanes, ‘The Goths’, chapter 24, 121-122
Notably, the Huns are the Scythians. The same Scythians who came to be known as the ‘Vanir’ in Scandinavian myth.
During this age, it was routine for a tribe’s ruler to travel with advisers. In most cases, these were wise-men and –woman who acted as counselors and advisers in matters both spiritual and physical. Among the Scythian / Vanir, the Haliurunnae – women adept at ‘hell runes’ – were found by the Goths to be particularly repulsive, so they were summarily outcast. But their voice was not silenced.
You see, the Goths were subsequently conquered by the Vanir / Huns; and it is entertaining to wonder if this was due to their condemnation of the wise-women among them. In their place, the Goths promoted their king to that of ‘god’ or ultimate ruler. A function not ordained by the Tivar (‘holy ones; higher powers’). I can only imagine that these holy women – who fulfilled an ancestral and sacral role – would have laid a powerful curse on Filimer and his descendants for such an act. As to Filimer’s supporters, one can only wonder how his tribe – pious pagans – would respond when their spiritual guides and mentors were banned from their midst? Is it too far-fetched to equate the Goths swift acceptance of Christianity, their destruction of the Temple of Demeter in Eleusis, and their subsequent downfall to a curse laid upon them by the Haliurunnae? After all, the Goths were reduced from riches to rages, refugees in their own homeland, subject to the wrath of the Huns / Vanir, and the Roman Empire.
ℭurses are Ɽeal
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