Sámi Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Sápmi


Sámi Childbirth Goddess

Also known as Madderakka, Mader Akka, Máttaráhkká

Picture of the Sámi Childbirth Goddess Maderakka from our Sámi mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Mother Goddess of Childbirth and Babycare

She is the all-over Mother Goddess responsible for baby welfare from the womb onwards — or should it be outwards?

Helping with the delivery service are her three daughters, Sarakka, Juksakka and Uksakka, who help choose baby names and prevent nappy rash. And she is married to Maderatcha who doles out the souls for the little darlings.

Together, they all help when it comes to inspiration for baby names. (Which one of them was responsible for the name Acker Bilk?)

We suspect Maderakka may also be related to Akka, the wife of Ukko. But ‘akka’ means simply female, so our speculation continues...

Maderakka Facts and Figures

Name: Maderakka
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Madderakka, Mader Akka, Máttaráhkká

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Area or people: Sámi (aka Saami) people of Sápmi (formerly known as Lapland)
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Birth
Area of expertise: Childbirth

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 12040

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Article last revised on May 12, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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