Reckoning Age in Winters

Written by Dyami Millarson

The Germanic peoples reckoned the age of beings in winters because winters were the hardest to survive, while summer the easiest. A cow could be said, for example, to be three winters old; a dog 6 winters; a horse 4 winters; a human child 5 winters.

The fact Germanic peoples reckoned age in winters speaks volumes about how they perceive the winter; they dreaded/respected the winter and looked up to the beings that came out of it alive.

Published by Operation X

Operation X is a team of young and enthusiastic language learners who wish to save, promote and study (critically) endangered languages. We have already adopted Klaaifrysk, Wâldfrysk, Aasters, Westers, Eilaunders, Hielepes, Mòlkòrres, Seeltersk, Wangerōgersc, Harlingerland Frisian, Wursten Frisian, Upgant Frisian, Hâtstinge Fresh, Trölstruper Freesch, Hoolmer Freesch, Hoorninger Fräisch, Halifreesk, Karhiirdinge, Naiblinge Frasch, Halunder, Amring, Aasdring, Weesdring, Söl'ring, Hogelandster Grunnegers, Oostfreesk, and övdalsk.

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