Alcis (gods)


Alcis (gods)

The Alcis were a pair of twin male gods worshiped by the Naharvali, a tribe of ancient Germanic peoples.cite encyclopedia | last = Schmitz | first = Leonhard | authorlink = | title = Alcis (2) | editor = William Smith | encyclopedia = Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology | volume = 1 | pages = 104 | publisher = Little, Brown and Company | location = Boston | year = 1867 | url = http://www.ancientlibrary.com/smith-bio/0113.html ] They were mentioned in chapter 43 of the "Germania" of Tacitus. According to his account, their worship took place in a grove, with no visual representation of the deities, and their priests were said to wear women's clothing. According to some scholars, "Alcis" was the genitive of "Alx", which signifies a sacred grove, and was connected with the Greek word for "sacred grove", "alsos" (polytonic|ἄλσος). [Grimm, "Deutsche Mythol." p. 39]

The Alcis had dominion over brothers and young men. It should also be noted that Tacitus equates the Alcis to the Roman Castor and Pollux.

External links

* [http://www.unrv.com/tacitus/tacitusgermania.php The "Germania"] of Tacitus

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