A vǫlva or völva (Old Norse and Icelandic, respectively; plural forms vǫlur and völvur), sometimes anglicized vala; also spákona or spækona) is a female shaman and seer in Norse religion and a recurring motif in Norse mythology.
Why do we still bother to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes, anyway?
Which makes sense, because I’m sure that atop Mt. Athos, there are no atheists. 😉