Beaivi, cried Beiwe, Bievve, Beivve an Biejje an aw, is the Sami name o the Sun or micht refer tae the Sami Sun-deity. The Sami Sun-deity is maistly depictit female but sometimes as male an aw. In Sápmi, north o the Polar circle, whaur the Sun durin the winter-period, does no even reach the horizon, it is no haurd tae believe, that the Sun wis appreciatit an played a major role in the cultic coherence. Buorre beaivi means guid day in Northren Sámi but doesna hae tae associate wi the Sun-deity.
At Winter solstice a white female reindeer wis sacrificit in honour o Beivve, tae ensure that she returned tae the Warld an put an end tae the lang winter season. At the time o the year whan the Sun wis returnin, butter (which melts in the sunshine) wis smeared on the doorposts, as a sacrifice tae Beivve, so that she coud gain strenth durin her convalescence an go heicher an heicher in the sky. At Simmer solstice, fowk made sun-rings oot o leaves an pinned thaim up in her honour. At these occasions, they aate butter as a sacral meal an aw.
At the time o the year whan Beivve returned, prayers wur made for the fowk who wur mentally ill. The Sami considered - quite correctly - that madness in the shape o psychoses an depressions wur provokit bi the lack o sunshine an licht durin the dark winter-saison.
In Sami meeth, she travels wi her dochter Beaivi-nieida throu the sky in an enclosur covered bi reindeer bones, bringin green plants back tae the winter yird for the reindeer tae eat. She wis cried upon tae restore the mental halth o those who went insane acause o the continual darkness o the lang winter.
Worshippers o Beaivi uised tae sacrifice white female animals, an thread the meat ontae sticks which they bend intae rings an tee wi bricht ribbons. They cover their doorposts wi butter so Beaivi can eat it an begin her journey ance again an aw. This is cried the Festival o Beaivi.
She is associatit wi the growthiness o plants an animals, in pairticular reindeer.