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Mother and Young Reindeer, Siberia

my yearly reindeer rant: both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year but male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolf to Blitzen ... has to be a female.

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from Greenpeace International

Victory for Greenpeace and reindeer in Lapland

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In the old nature religion (in which the divine was often perceived as feminine) it was the female horned reindeer who reigned supreme as the great goddess of the winter solstice. http://gathervictoria.com/2014/12/04/doe-a-deer-a-female-deer-the-spirit-of-mother-christmas/

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Female Reindeer are the only member of the deer family that have antlers, although some female deer have little stubs.

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Although antlers may be considered a masculine symbol, goddesses and female shamans wear them. Deer women appear throughout world mythology. Bendis, Artemis, Elen of the Ways, Satet, and many reindeer goddesses. Female reindeer, btw, have antlers and they are among humanity's oldest deities. (For the less spiritual, you can just enjoy this photo as a sexy Hannibal cosplay.)

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