On bended knees, the Maidenschaft, as they were known, offered their thricefold gratitude to Wr-alda, the All-father – “for what you have received, for what you do receive, and for the hope of aid in time of need.” (OLB, Ch. 5). Strictly celibate, they wore a short, plain tunic known as the tohnekka (OLB, Ch. 36), and avoided all bodily poisons and passions, lest they polluted the light.
DRUDAS: Aldfâmna (elder maidens).