Fylgja (follower; plural, fylgir) is an ancient Germanic term referring to an entity that is simultaneously a guardian spirit and a projection of the individual’s own soul (not unlike the Zoroastrianidea of an indi-vidual fravashi). It was believed that the fylgja was encountered out-side one’s body in the form of an animal that reflected the individual’scharacter. Thus, a visionary might see his fylgja in the form of an eagle, a schemer might encounter his projected soul in the form of a weasel, and so on. In precarious situations, the fylgja traveled beforethe embodied person as a kind of guardian angel.
Normally invisible,a person’s fylgja might be encountered in dreams or at death. If the fyl-gja was killed, it indicated the person’s imminent death.
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