Bloetgodar in Norse mythology, was the title of the priests of northern heathendom, from the word At-Blota — "bloody sacrifices." They sacrificed man and beast. The prophecies were made by the women, but even they were not exempt from slaughtering the prisoners. The priests usually lived near the temples, the priestesses secluded in woods. It was difficult to stop this bloody service, and centuries elapsed before it was entirely extinguished.