VELEDA

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Veleda is a name probably most widely known as the legendary historical priestess and prophet of the Germanic tribe of the Bructeri. It is thought though, that the name stems much further back, with possible Celtic roots. Used not as a personal name but as a title for a wise woman or prophetess and associated with women who were actively connected to deities and known for their prophetic skills (veleta - "prophetess", welet- "seer", a derivative of the root *wel- "to see") There have been multiple possible etymological and cultural origin links of the word from around the world. Once being found on a rare Gaulish inscription in an ancient tomb in France in a spell inscribed by witches. The word has also been linked to the Welsh 'gweled' - 'seer', the Gaulish 'uidlua' - 'sorceress', the Russian 'vyed'ma' - 'witch', West-Germanic waldon, "to have power" and the ancient Sanskrit 'vedas' - 'to see/to know'.

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