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The 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[edit] The Old Norse word "ragnarok" is a compound of two words. Related:  Mitologia

List of mythologies This is a list of mythologies of the world, by culture and region. Mythologies by region[edit] Africa[edit] Central Africa[edit] East Africa[edit] Horn of Africa[edit] Somali mythology North Africa[edit] West Africa[edit] Southern Africa[edit] Arctic[edit] overlaps with North Asia, Northern Europe and North America. Asia[edit] Southwestern Asia[edit] Middle East, Persia, Anatolia, Caucasus. Ancient Medieval to Modern South Asia[edit] East Asia[edit] Southeast Asia[edit] Central and Northern Asia[edit] (overlaps with Eastern and Northern Europe) Australia and Oceania[edit] Europe[edit] Classical Antiquity[edit] Northern Europe[edit] Eastern Europe[edit] Southern Europe[edit] Western Europe[edit] North Caucasus[edit] Nart saga (Covers Abazin, Abkhaz, Circassian, Ossetian, Karachay-Balkar and Chechen-Ingush mythologies)Ossetian mythologyVainakh mythology (Covers Chechen and Ingush mythology) South Caucasus/Transcaucasia[edit] British Isles[edit] Americas[edit] North America[edit] Post-Columbian Folklore of the United States

Æsir–Vanir War Óðinn throws his spear at the Vanir host, illustration by Lorenz Frølich (1895) In Norse mythology, the Æsir–Vanir War was a conflict between the Æsir and the Vanir, two groups of gods, that ultimately resulted in the unification of the two groups into a single group of gods. The war is an important event in Norse mythology, and the implications of the war and the potential historicity surrounding the accounts of the war are a matter of scholarly debate and discourse. Fragmented information about the war appears in surviving sources, including Völuspá, a poem collected in the Poetic Edda in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; in the book Skáldskaparmál in the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson; and in euhemerized form in the Ynglinga saga from Heimskringla, also written by Snorri Sturluson in the 13th century. Attestations[edit] The following attestations provide information about the war: Poetic Edda[edit] Prose Edda[edit] Heimskringla[edit] Other[edit]

Meditation How to meditate, and what this does for you. Meditation is a basic practice for self-realization. Basically, you sit straight and concentrate on a particular point in your body (usually the belly, or the breath). When you notice that your have drifted away from this point of concentration, you gently return to it. What it does for you This practice in a gradual way helps in lots of aspects of your life. How to meditate - the details Most people meditate for 15 - 30 minutes at a time, once or twice per day. It is best to focus on a point in the belly. You can focus on the upper part of the belly, on the movements of the breath. There is no need to focus on your meditation point to the exclusion of everything else. It is important to sit straight and relaxed, with a solid sense of stability. Depending on your sitting position, you can have your hands in your lap, or on your knees. You can either keep your eyes closed, or look at the floor 1.5 meter (5 feet) in front of you.

the Myths It is a universal truth that the myths of all cultures are the attempts of people to explain the world in which they live. So too, are the myths of ancient Egypt. Within the great epic myths are explained many smaller mysteries of life along the Nile. While enjoying the major epics, be sure to notice the explanations of the Egyptian universe within them. the Story of Re The story of the creation, Re's revenge of mankind and how Isis tricked Re into telling her his secret name. Isis and Osiris How Seth murdered Osiris and how Horus avenged his father. the Seven Year Famine The story of how Khnemu saved Egypt from the ravages of a seven year long famine. the Princess of Bekhten How the god of the moon, Khonsu saved the life of a princess during the 19th Dynasty. the Prince and the Sphinx The story of how a prince became king when he promised to do the famous Great Sphinx of Giza a favor (1405 BC)... the Doomed Prince The unfinished fable of a prince who is doomed to die. the Peasant and the Workman

The Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura | Aware Awakening Quick Facts: Location: The solar plexus.Color: Yellow.Element: Fire.Planet: Mars.Sense: Sight.Glands: Pancreas.Mantra: RAM.Note: E. Body Parts: Liver, digestive system, stomach, spleen, gall bladder, autonomic nervous system, muscles and lower back. Scents: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Lemongrass. Traits: Personal power, self confidence, self esteem, willpower, courage, responsibility, spontanity. Crystals: Amber, Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Pyrite. Affirmation: I accept myself completely, my personal power is growing stronger everyday, I can do whatever I choose to do. The Solar Plexus Chakra: The Solar Plexus Chakra (What is a chakra?) When in balance, you will be more responsible and reliable, your confidence and self esteem will be greater so you will also be able to meet challenges easier. When overcharged, you will feel a need to always be right or have the last word. With insufficient energy, you will have a weak willpower and become an easier target for manipulation. Namaste, ~ Alahi ~

Germanic mythology Thor or Donar, god of thunder, one of the major figures in Germanic mythology. Germanic mythology is a comprehensive term for myths associated with historical Germanic paganism, including Norse mythology, Anglo-Saxon mythology, Continental Germanic mythology, and other versions of the mythologies of the Germanic peoples. Germanic mythology ultimately derives from Indo-European mythology, also known as Indo-Germanic mythology. The Tortoise and the Hare "The Tortoise and the Hare", from an edition of Aesop's Fables illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1912 The Tortoise and the Hare is one of Aesop's Fables and is numbered 226 in the Perry Index.[1] The account of a race between unequal partners has attracted conflicting interpretations. It is itself a variant of a common folktale theme in which ingenuity and trickery (rather than doggedness) are employed to overcome a stronger opponent. An ambiguous story[edit] The story concerns a Hare who ridicules a slow-moving Tortoise and is challenged by the tortoise to a race. As in several other fables by Aesop, there is a moral ambiguity about the lesson it is teaching. Applications[edit] In Classical times the story was annexed to a philosophical problem by Zeno of Elea in one of many demonstrations that movement is impossible to define satisfactorily. Illustrations of the fable[edit] The fable has also been illustrated on stamps from several countries. Musical versions[edit] Film adaptations[edit]

Top 10 Strangest Things In Space Space Let’s be honest: space is an absolutely crazy place. Most science fiction writers throw in a planet with two stars that looks vaguely like Southern California, and call it a day. But the cosmos is a lot stranger than we give it credit for: Everyone knows that shooting stars are just meteors entering the atmosphere, right? When a binary star system is gobbled down by the supermassive black hole (that’s the scientific term, by the way) at the center of a galaxy, one of the two partners is consumed, while the other is ejected at high speed. Gliese 581 c wants to kill you. This planet orbits a red dwarf star, many times smaller than our Sun, with a luminosity of only 1.3% of our sun. The tidal locking of the planet alone results in some pretty odd features. Living on Gliese 581 c would have its challenges, though. As if one or two giant, fiery balls of gas weren’t enough, here we have the Castor System. Space Raspberries and Rum A Planet of Burning Ice Do you remember Gliese?

Valkyries, Wish-Maidens, and Swan-Maids Dear Viking Answer Lady: I am a high school coach for girls' sports. The school mascot is "the Vikings" and features a grim visaged male warrior. I'd like to have our women's sports teams be called "the Valkyries" but it occurs to me that I should find out more about the Valkyries before I do so. I'd appreciate any information you can give me on the topic. Also, if you have access to any images of Valkyries, that would be helpful as well in designing team jerseys and logos. (signed) Coaching Our Warrior Women Gentle Reader: The Valkyrie is, in the oldest strata of belief, a corpse goddess, represented by the carrion-eating raven. The Valkyrie is related to the Celtic warrior-goddess, the Morrigan, who likewise may assume the form of the raven. Erat namque eis uexillum miri portenti, quod licet credam posse esse incredibile lectori, tamen, quia uerum est, ueræ inseram lectioni. Weaving is an integral function of both the valkyrie and the Norn. Terms describing valkyries include: Sources

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