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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureMythology & Folklore · 1 month ago

What gods and mythology did the Germans and Swiss follow? ?

In the countries that are now Germany and Switzerland, what mythology did the ancestors of those lands follow? Are they considered Germanic and therefore the Norse mythology and culture or more Celtic?

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  • 1 month ago

    There's not really any reason to think that Germans have no admixture of Celtic ancestry given the fact that Celts occupied most of Germany at one time.

    Much of what's now Germany was inhabited by Celts during ancient times. For example, the Roman name for much of what's now Switzerland, which is still sometimes used, is "Helvetia", which literally mean "land of the Helvetii", and the Helvetii were a Celtic tribal confederation.

    Another consideration is the obvious fact that the practices of these people changed considerably over time. Read Tacitus' "Germania" (c. AD 100) and you'll see nothing in his discussion of religion that resembles Norse religion as depicted in the centuries-later sagas. Tacitus:

    https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/~wstevens/histor...

    Add to all that the fact that there's not really any reason to think that Germans have no admixture of Celtic blood given the fact that Celts occupied most of Germany at one time.

    In short, there's no definitive answer to the question you're asking because you seem to be assuming that the populations of these areas and their beliefs have been static for thousands of years, and they haven't.

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