Figure 3 A diagramatic reconstruction of the ancient Sami world-view, showing the tripartite division of the world into Upper, Middle and Underworlds. The Earth Mother (Máttaráhkká) resides in the Upper World.
Beaivi, Beiwe, Bievve is the Sami name of the Sun or might refer to the Sami Sun-deity. The Sami Sun-deity is mostly depicted female. In Sápmi, north of the Polar circle, where the Sun during the winter-period, does not even reach the horizon. Beaivi is the spring and sun goddess of fertility and sanity was worshipped by the Sami. At Winter solstice a white female reindeer was sacrificed in honour of Beivve, to ensure that she returned to the world and put an end to the long winter season.