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IRMIN, or IRMINUS

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Originally appearing in Volume V14, Page 796 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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IRMIN, or IRMINUS, in Teutonic mythology, a deified eponymic hero of the Herminones. The chief seat of his worship was Irminsal, or Ermensul, in Westphalia, destroyed in 772 by Charlemagne. Huge wooden posts (Irmin pillars) were raised to his honour, and were regarded as sacred by the Saxons.
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