Norse Mythology

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In the Norse Apocalyptic myth, Ragnarok, meaning “fate of the gods” is the battle at the end of the world. Not only will the gods and giants pass away in this story, but almost everything else in the world will be torn to shreds as well. What is interesting about this is that the gods all know its going to happen and yet they still defy their future until the very end.

The proof to this story is that it is believable. The first thing is the Fimbulvetr (Terrible Winter) in which there will be three winters back to back. Because of their northern geography it is possible that winter could last longer than normal. The three winters would greatly affect them because their food would become scarce, leading to famine, young would be less likely to survive, and fighting conditions would be worsened. There will be wars and brothers will kill brothers as it says in the Sibyl’s Vision:

Brothers will fight and kill each other, siblings do incest; men will know misery, adulteries be multiplied an axe-age, a sword-age, shields will be cloven, a wind-age, a wolf-age, before the world's ruin.
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It shows how important knowledge was. It also shows that the Warrior is revered and his job is one of the most important in their society. Although Ragnarok is inevitable, his bravery in defending Asgard is still an important point in this tale. This story is perfect for its warrior audiences. For the Hopi Indian the reaction to this “proof” that the story is believable would not get very far. Hopi culture taught them that animals have a close connection with humans which we saw in the importance of Totems earlier. In Ragnarok the wolf Fenrir is one of the causes of the destruction. Hopi would not understand how an animal that is meant to be a part of them and a positive influence would be an aid in the devastation of their people. In fact, it would most likely be very upsetting to them. Hopi’s also didn’t place the same kind of emphasis on warriors as the Norse did. The Hopi’s value system was much more centered on peace and maintaining a good spirit in order to go to the land of the One Heart. They had a much more egalitarian view, in that they would’ve taught that things should be shared equally instead of warring with each other. Because of their myth about Spider Women the idea of Odin leading the Norse would go against their matrilineal belief

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