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Among the Sami, the goddess of childbirth. She was assisted by three of her daughtersSarakka, the cleaving woman; Uksakka, the door woman; and Juksakka, the bow womanwho watched over the child from conception through early childhood. Madderakka was believed to receive the soul of a child from Veralden-radien, the god who ruled the world; she then gave it a body, which Sarakka placed in the mother's womb.
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