Apud Nahanarvalos antiquae religionis lucus ostenditur. Praesidet sacerdos muliebri ornatu, sed deos interpretatione Romana Castorem Pollucemque memorant. Ea vis numini, nomen Alcis. Nulla simulacra, nullum peregrinae superstitionis vestigium; ut fratres tamen, ut iuvenes venerantur.— Tacitus. Ch.43.
Tacitus states that the worship of Alcis by the Naharvali took place in a sacred grove, with a priest dressed in woman's clothing presiding - the god(s) were given the name Alcis, and venerated as young men and brothers, but no images of the gods were used. A similarity with Castor and Pollux is noted by Tacitus - though he states the cult was indigenous, not derived from an outside influence.
- Smith 1880, p. 104 [text] A deity among the Naharvali, and ancient tribe. Grimm (Deutsche Mythol. p.39) considers Alcis in the passage of Tacitus to be the genitive of Alx, which, according to him, signifies a sacred grove, and is connected with the Greek άλσοε. Another Alcis occurs in Apollodorus, ii, 1 § 5. [L. S.] (Leonhard Schmitz)
- Tacitus 1916, p. 22.
- Tacitus 1916, p. 22, 125.
- Tacitus, Cornelius (1916), Reed Staurt, Duane, ed., Tacitus - The Germania, with introduction and notes (in Latin and English), Macmillan
- Smith, William, ed. (1880), "Alcis", Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, John Murray, 1
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