I recently started watching the series Vikings once again. I think this is my fourth time rewatching the series, and as mundane as that may sound, I find the show to be bloody brilliant, and I’m pretty sure I could watch it on repeat for the remainder of my life without growing tired of it.
One element of the series I’ve always found to be quite intriguing is its incorporation of the Nordic Gods and Goddesses which most Vikings believed in. The show handles Norse mythology exceptionally well in terms of educating, and I have learned a lot about the Norse Gods and Goddesses from watching the show.
Because I find Norse mythology to be quite encapsulating, I thought it might be neat to compose a post on the topic in hopes of informing more people about this fascinating realm of faith. The following information comes from centreofexcellence.com.
“Before the beginning of time, there was Ginnungagap – a bottomless abyss, which separated the icy land of Niflheim and the fiery land of Muspelheim. These two realms rose in power and clashed; the burning frost turned into water drops and the water drops turned into life.
“The first living being was Ymir, a hermaphroditic giant who was created from those life-giving drops of water and whose death was brought about by Odin and his brothers. Odin, Vili, and Vé, Ymir’s descendants, fashioned the Nordic mythological universe from his blood, bones, flesh, teeth, hair, eyelashes, brains and skull.
“The Norse gods belong to two major clans: Æsir and Vanir. Odin, Frigg, Thor, Loki, Balder, Hod, Heimdall and Tyr are the most elevated representatives of Æsir and are known as the main gods. The second clan, Vanir, contains the fertility gods and count Njord, Freyr, and Freyja as their most notable members. Despite the antagonism between them, it was necessary for the two families to combine their powers and ideals for all to prosper,” the web page explains.
Personally, I am of the Catholic faith, but I have always enjoyed learning about different faiths and religions with Norse mythology being no exception. Check back tomorrow to learn specifically about Norse Gods and Goddesses.
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