Top 10 wine gods and goddesses

11th January, 2013 by Rupert Millar

2. Ægir

tumblr_m1xk7j80Jc1rs3233o1_400If there is one set of people closely associated with drinking it is the Norsemen. Their mythology too usually involves Thor, Odin or Loki, imbibing heavily at the halls of their fellow god Ægir before betting each other they can’t capture a giant’s daughter and setting off on an adventure.

Ægir himself was god of the waves but he and his daughters were famous for their ale, which they prepared in a pot which had been stolen from the giant Hymir by Thor and Tyr in a previous adventure.

The magical properties of the pot were such that it could never be emptied even by a god, always re-filling with ale as soon as it is drained – not that this stops the Æsir from trying of course.

 

4 Responses to “Top 10 wine gods and goddesses”

  1. Robert says:

    It seems that the ancients knew to mix alcohol consumption and sex.

  2. Wes says:

    You missed out Jesus. Turned water into wine… and told us to drink it in memory of him.

    • A learned Pagan says:

      However, he himself is not a god. Kind of has to be to make the list.

      • A learned Pagan says:

        Granted, he is a part of a (monotheistic by name only) pantheon in which he is the SON of a god. Making him by definition a demi-god. He however turned water into wine, but was never named or claimed as a deity of drink.

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