Friþugawidands

Information

  • Name Meaning: From the reconstructed Gothic word *friþus (“frith”) + gawidan (“to join, bind”). Friþugawidands means “Frith-Binding” or “Frith-Joining.”
  • Date: The new moon of Gastimenoþs.
  • Deities Honored: Þaibons.
  • Purpose: To emphasize the importance of hospitality and the bonds of friþus that Reidarjos have with others.
  • Offerings: Standard offerings.
  • Associated myth: Theodoric the Great accepts the refugee Rugians into his home after his enemy, Odavacer, destroyed their kingdom.

Suggested Activities

Worshipers can make a donation to a local food bank, or to a charity or cause that supports immigrants and refugees. If celebrating in a group, worshipers can also feast together to strengthen the bonds they share.

Prayers

Listed below are some example prayers. You can choose the one you like or write your own.

Simple Prayer

I welcome You, Þaibons, First of Queens, Great Goddess!
You read the threads of fate that bind humanity together
and oversee the exchange between guest and host.
O Hearth-Keeper, may You lead me to safety and shelter.
In thanks, I give You this offering in love and adoration.

Poetic Prayer

I welcome You, Þaibons!
Tender of the Sacred Flame!
Great Goddess who reads
the threads of fate
that bind humanity.

I welcome You, Þaibons!
First of Queens and
Most Gracious Host,
You hold the keys to the door;
You oversee the exchange
between guest and host.
We observe Your lessons
of goodwill and hospitality,
welcoming those who are lost,
breaking bread with the hungry.
Receive these gifts, O Þaibons,
mistress of hearth and home,
that I freely give to You.
May You lead me to
safety and shelter.

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