Mythology Part III: Creation

di , venerdì luglio 19, 2019
Mythology Part III: Creation

Creation - A look at Norse myths

They create “the earth from his flesh, the sky from his skull, mountains from his bones and the sea from his blood.” — Ancient History Encyclopedia

 

 

As we’ve seen so far, Norse mythology, too, has a polytheistic pantheon like all the other culture. It makes one ask themselves about the reason why poly became mono; and why mono became such a huge deal and so wide-spread. Doesn’t that reflect man’s (and I don’t include women in this word, just to make it distinctly clear) egotistical desire to be omnipresent and omnipotent with other mindless creatures underneath him that serve his will without questioning any of it?

 

But religion has always been a hot topic, so I won’t dip my toes more than this into something that knows no end.

 

We find the myth of creation in Norse mythology, too, which paints this vivid image of two opposing bodies (or realms) in nature: Niflheim (fire) and Muspellheim (ice). These two were separated by a void called Ginnungagap, but even so Niflheim and Muspelheim manage to touch each other. Niflheim’s fire melts Muspellheim’s ice and from that two wet figures emerge: the giant Ymir and the cow Audhumla. 

 

As an aside, the apparition of the cow makes me think about the Indian’s veneration of the cow. There must be a connection here somewhere between the two cultures.

 

What happens next is both — funny, I’d say, but also interesting. Audhumla licks the ice of Niflheim to sustain itself since it feeds Ymir, the very first giant, and by doing this (licking the ice) it uncovers the forefather of the gods, Búri, who has a son (it’s not certain how this son is born) named Borr. Ymir, however, sweats a male and female from his left arm. Isn’t it a bit reminiscent of how Eve came to be? Hm, funny thing, isn’t it?

 

From Borr and Ymir’s daughter, Bestla’s union, three gods are born: Odin, Vili, and Vé.

Personally, I’m familiar with Odin and did not know anything about the other two. But that is, obviously, because my main source of mythology has come from movies, and time and again I am reminded that they’re not made with the thought of exploring a culture or myth in mind. The majority of them.

 

It’s after these three gods came to be that everything began. They teamed up and killed Ymir whose dead body would become the world we know today. They also fashioned the first human beings, Ask and Embla, from two trees. And that is how a new phase began for the gods.

 

However, what needs to be taken into consideration about this culture is that it had an end. And it didn’t come out of nowhere. Their end was called Ragnarök, and no god could stop it. The way it is expressed in the Edda Prose, it sounds as if the Norse gods had made peace with the fact that one day they’d cease to exist. It is almost poetic how the saying ‘every beginning has an end’ is expressed here. That is, if your kind of poetic leans more towards the dark, mysterious side.

 

For this blog I chose to focus on the myth of creation instead of taking a handful of other myths centered around gods. But for more inspiration, you can consult a few of the sites I did, like Norse mythology, Creation of the world in Norse mythology, and Gods and Goddesses in Norse mythology. I invite you to check them more because if you’re like me, then you’ll surely be inspired by terms and names and the inventive way these stories were told.

 

May the muse be with you!

This has been another blog where you could take inspiration from for the Mythology writing competition.

 

Thanks to DeeundDrang for authoring this awesome blog post :)

 

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