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also Wo·dan  (wōd′n)
n. Mythology
An Anglo-Saxon god corresponding to the Norse god Odin.

[Middle English, from Old English Wōden; see wet- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.Wodan - chief god; counterpart of Norse Odin and Teutonic Wotan
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Some maintain Santa Claus also absorbed elements of the Germanic god Wodan, who was associated with the pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky (Wikipedia).
The stories range from the Dutch Sinterklass to the Norse god Wodan to Italy's Befana, an old woman who delivers gifts through the chimney--and in Western culture, to the Santa we know so well.
(20) The possible origins presented were similar to those noted from off-line conversations and sources, including references to a devil figure tamed by Saint Nicholas, a warrior of the Germanic god Wodan (or his Norse variant Odin), a Moorish sailor, or an enslaved boy saved by Saint Nicholas.
Others pray in the name of Jesus, Allah, Hathor, Zeus, Athena, or Wodan for healing--and still others take snake oil or the like.
Wolfram argues that the Langobard name signals the Vinnili tribe's willingness to adopt the new, more militarily effective religious identity of Longbearded Wodan, whose help defeating the Vandals drove them away from their Vanir religion (1997, 30-34).
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