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Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
2014 (German)In: Münchener Studien zur Sprachwissenschaft, ISSN 0077-1910, Vol. 68, no 1, 119-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Proto-Indo-European had a neuter noun to denote any kind of god, starting from the idea that every divine being receives liba- tions. Originally, the expression was probably *eh1/oh1 ǵhutóm or *ni ǵhutóm ‘downpoured’. Divinities for whom libations were down- poured included especially the fire god and mother earth but more generally also other divinities. The Germanic word for ‘god’ has ac- cordingly developed by means of adverbial ellipse. The name of the Goths, originally meaning ‘libators’, was used from an early stage in the more general sense ‘human beings’. 

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Dettelbach: Verlag J.H. Röll, 2014. Vol. 68, no 1, 119-126 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112700OAI: diva2:779941
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2015-04-16Bibliographically approved

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