Runology is the study of the runic alphabets, runic inscriptions, runestones, and their history. Runology forms a specialised branch of Germanic linguistics. The earliest runic inscriptions date from around AD 150. The characters were generally replaced by the Latin alphabet as the cultures that had used runes underwent Christianisation, by approximately AD 700 in central Europe and AD 1100 in Northern Europe. The three best-known runic alphabets are the Elder Futhark (around AD 150–800), the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc (AD 400–1100), and the Younger Futhark (AD 800–1100). Historically, the runic alphabet is a derivation of the Old Italic alphabets of antiquity, with the addition of some innovations. The process of transmission of the script is unknown. History and use The runes were in use among the Germanic peoples from the 1st or 2nd century AD. The name runes contrasts with Latin or Greek letters. Origins Early inscriptions Magical or divinatory use
Numbers in Norse mythologyThe numbers three and nine are significant numbers in Norse mythology and paganism. Both numbers (and multiplications thereof) appear throughout surviving attestations of Norse paganism, in both mythology and cultic practice. While the number three appears significant in many cultures, Norse mythology appears to put special emphasis on the number nine. Along with the number 27, both numbers also figure into the lunar Germanic calendar. Attestations Three The number three occurs with great frequency in grouping individuals and artifacts: Nine The number nine is also a significant number: Notes ^ Jump up to: a b Simek (2007:232-233).Jump up ^ This last being from Völuspá, who will "come from on high", is found only in the Hauksbók manuscript. References See also
"The Creative Process and Entheogens" -- Alex GreyThe Creative Process and Entheogens by Alex Grey adapted from The Mission of Art PDF version of this document Twenty-five years ago I took my first dose of LSD. The experience was so rich and profound, coupled as it was with the meeting of my future wife, Allyson, that there seemed nothing more important than this revelation of infinite love and unity. Being an artist, I felt that this was the only subject worthy of my time and attention. Spiritual and visionary consciousness assumed primary importance as the focal point of my life and art. Due to its visionary richness, I think the entheogenic experience has great importance for fueling an artistic and cultural renaissance. Oscar Janiger's studies of LSD and creativity showed that many artists felt the work done while tripping or post-tripping was more inventive and inspired work than their previous work. "How can we bring the insights of the entheogenic state into our lives?" First Effects: 1). Transpersonal Stages: 4). Notes: 1.
VanirIn Norse mythology, the Vanir (singular Vanr) are a group of gods associated with fertility, wisdom and the ability to see the future. The Vanir are one of two groups of gods (the other being the Æsir) and are the namesake of the location Vanaheimr (Old Norse "Home of the Vanir"). After the Æsir–Vanir War, the Vanir became a subgroup of the Æsir. The Vanir are attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda and Heimskringla, both written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson; and in the poetry of skalds. All sources describe the deities Njörðr, Freyr and Freyja as members of the Vanir. While not attested as Vanir, the gods Heimdallr and Ullr have been theorized as potential members of the group. Etymology Attestations Poetic Edda In the Poetic Edda, the Vanir, as a group, are specifically referenced in the poems Völuspá, Vafþrúðnismál, Skírnismál, Þrymskviða, Alvíssmál and Sigrdrífumál. Prose Edda
RagnarökThe north portal of the 11th century Urnes stave church has been interpreted as containing depictions of snakes and dragons that represent Ragnarök In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water. Afterward, the world will resurface anew and fertile, the surviving and returning gods will meet, and the world will be repopulated by two human survivors. Ragnarök is an important event in the Norse canon, and has been the subject of scholarly discourse and theory. The event is attested primarily in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson. Mythology The Old Norse word "ragnarok" is a compound of two words.
Hacker Graphic - Blogs, MySpace Graphic and Generator, Profiles, Forum SignaturesFriggIn the Poetic Edda poem Lokasenna 26, Frigg is said to be Fjörgyns mær ("Fjörgynn's maiden"). The problem is that in Old Norse mær means both "daughter" and "wife," so it is not fully clear if Fjörgynn is Frigg's father or another name for her husband Odin, but Snorri Sturluson interprets the line as meaning Frigg is Fjörgynn's daughter (Skáldskaparmál 27), and most modern translators of the Poetic Edda follow Snorri. The original meaning[dubious ] of fjörgynn was the earth, cf. feminine version Fjorgyn, a byname for Jörð, the earth. Etymology Old Norse Frigg (genitive Friggjar), Old Saxon Fri, and Old English Frig are derived from Common Germanic Frijjō. Frigg is cognate with Sanskrit prīyā́ which means 'wife; dear/beloved one' which is the derivation of the word sapphire. Attributes Frigg's name means "love" or "beloved one" (Proto-Germanic *frijjō, cf. Frigg was a goddess associated with married women. See also Friday. Myths Death of Baldr Vili and Ve
Norse ritualsNorse pagan worship is the traditional religious rituals practiced by Norse pagans in Scandinavia in pre-Christian times. Norse paganism was a folk religion (as opposed to an organised religion), and its main purpose was the survival and regeneration of society. Therefore, the cult was decentralized and tied to the village and the family, although evidence exists of great national religious festivals. The leaders managed the cult on behalf of society; on a local level, the leader would have been the head of the family, and nationwide, the leader was the king. Pre-Christian Scandinavians had no word for religion in a modern sense. Norse religion was at no time homogeneous but was a conglomerate of related customs and beliefs. It is not certain to what extent the known myths correspond to the religious beliefs of Scandinavians in pre-Christian times, nor how people acted towards them in everyday life. Worship of the gods Cultic statues and images Public cult
Fun Forever - Luxury fun is affordable for everyone! » Thursday’s weird artToday is a very weird day. So we have decided to make a compilation of really weird artists.1. Number one is Erwin Olaf. More of weirdest Erwin Olaf’s photosErwin Olaf for Koehler&Co 2. 3. Janna Syvanoja’s paper 4. Justine Smith priceless works 5.HávamálHávamál (English pronunciation: /ˈhɑːvəmɑːl/ HAH-və-mahl; "sayings of the high one") is presented as a single poem in the Poetic Edda, a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking age. The poem, itself a combination of different poems, is largely gnomic, presenting advice for living, proper conduct and wisdom. The verses are attributed to Odin, much like the biblical Book of Wisdom is attributed to Solomon. Textual history The only surviving source for Hávamál is the 13th century Codex Regius. To the gnomic core of the poem, other fragments and poems dealing with wisdom and proverbs accreted over time. Structure The Hávamál is edited in 165 stanzas by Bellows (1936). The poems in Hávamál is traditionally taken to consist of at least five independent parts, Stanzas 6 and 27 are expanded beyond the standard four lines by an additional two lines of "commentary". Stanzas 81-84 are in málaháttr, 85-88 in fornyrðislag. Contents Gestaþáttr you should look at, Rúnatal