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A goði or gothi (plural goðar) is the Old Norse term for a priest and chieftain. Gyða signifies a priestess. The term goði literally means "speaker for the gods".

The goðar are depicted in the Sagas as the religious and political leaders of their district or goðorð. In Iceland, prior to Christianization, religious temples or hofs were privately owned and maintained by a hofgoði or temple priest. They were also an important part of the Icelandic political system for a long time after the arrival of Christianity.

The term goði is often used as a priestly title by modern adherents of various denominations of Germanic Heathenry, especially in Odinism and Asatrú.

A goðorð or godord refers to a domain or an area of influence controlled by an Icelandic medieval chieftain, or goði.

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