Ingui

Meaning of Name:  Unknown, although the word ‘Ingwine’ or ‘Friend’s of Ing’ appears as a byname of the Danes in Anglo-Saxon sources.

Pronunciation: The first ‘i’ is pronounce as the ‘i’ in ‘thing’ and ‘ui’ sounds similar to the word ‘we’, or French ‘oui’. “Ing-wee”

Function: Ingui is the divine progenitor of the Ingaevones, the West Germanic cultural group which bore His name. Included in this cultural group were the predecessors of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes – the three most prominent tribes which settled in England during the Migration Period. Some also refer to him as Ingui-Frēa, Ing or simply Frēa. If one insists on using the Frēa moniker, which simply means “Lord” then in Modern English, this should go before the use of the name Ing to make Frēa Ing or Frēa Ingui.

According to Norse sources, Ingui is the Lord-of-Elves, and as such, the one who oversees the good, ancestral dead within the mound. This role as God of Mound-Dead places Him as a Chthonic, underworld deity. There is some speculation that the barrow was intended as symbolic of the ‘womb’, where it was believed the dead could eventually be reborn from the Earth. This would suggest that Ingui, while being God of Ancestors, is also God of rebirth and cyclical renewal.

Ingui is also a God of masculine fecundity and virility, suggested by the images of Him sporting a large, erect phallus. As fertility deity, He sees to the proliferation of men and the husbandry of animals. Ingui acts as the masculine counterpart to the feminine muliebrity of Frīg.

He is also associated with the “waggon” and thus linked to Nerthuz, of which the Anglii were said to participate in the rituals of Nerthuz, the tribe with the oldest-known association to Ingui and the Angles.

Ingui was to whom I made offering when my wife and I intended to have a second child. That child has now been born safe and well. As such He will forever hold a place in my heart.

Iconography: Figurines found throughout England sporting large phalluses are thought to represent Ingui in his role as male fertility deity. Any phallic imagery is seemingly apropos. In Norse mythology, Yngvi Freyr is closely associated with the boar , a symbol which features prominently on Vendel Era and Anglo-Saxon helmets.

Contemporary Bīnaman: Ælfcyning (Elf-King), Beorgweard (Mound-Ward), Æhteman (Husbandman), Eowend (Virility), Swīnen (Of the Swine)

*Credit to Lārhūs Fyrnsida for the majority of this information and description. I have edited this down for simple reading and for personalisation of what He means to me

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