Cofgod

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A Cofgod (plural Cofgodas ("cove gods")) was a household god[1] in Anglo-Saxon paganism.

The Classicist Ken Dowden opined that the cofgodas were the equivalent of the Penates found in Ancient Rome.[2] Dowden also compared them to the Kobolds of later German folklore, arguing that they had both originated from the kofewalt, a spirit that had power over a room.[2] It is generally accepted that the English hob and Anglo-Scottish brownie are the modern survival of the cofgod.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joseph Bosworth (1838). A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman. p. 80. 
  2. ^ a b Dowden, Ken (2000). European Paganism: The Realities of Cult from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. London and New York: Routledge. p. 229. ISBN 0-415-12034-9. 
  3. ^ "Cove-Gods", An Other Dictionary.
  • Dowden, Ken (2000). European Paganism: The Realities of Cult from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-12034-9.