Sámi Spring Goddess: Rana Niejta

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Today we celebrate International Women’s Day! In honour of all you talented women out there, here is some folklore of the Sámi people.

The Sámi consider the Sun a divine being, claiming the sun rays and heat represent the daughter of the sun Salaneide, who has the power to end the cold winter.

Rana Niejta, a Spring/fertility Goddess awakens nature. She is known for turning the Southward mountains green in order to nourish the famished Reindeer from a long, cold, harsh, winter.

Above: Statue of Rana Nietja sits in a park in Mo i Rana, Rana, Norway.

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