Middle Ages: German Mythology

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Before Christianity there was a religion known as German Mythology during the Middle Ages. This religion contained many deities and tales that make up this mythology. Deities such as Odin, Thor, Freya, and Loki. (“Norse Mythology”)
The Norse people believe that there are two types of gods. There were the Æsir and the Vanir. The Æsir believed the gods created war, power and death. The Vanir are responsible for the fertility. ("Norse Mythology.")
How was the earth created? No plants, lakes, oceans, or sky but there was an abyss, Ginnungagap. Everything was perfect in the silence and darkness between the fire, Muspelheim, and the ice, Niflheim. Frost from Niflheim and flames from Muspelheim met in Ginnungagap. The melted ice droplets formed into
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It was believed the Vikings came mainly from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Faroe Island, and Greenland. (“Norse Mythology”) Nobody is certain how many followers there were. Since there was no records back then. There could have been thousands, hundreds of thousands from the time of 700 A.D. - 1100 A.D. (BBC NEWS) No one even knows for sure when this Norse religion began evidence of it can be traced back to the second century A.D.
("Norse Mythology.")
After tedious searching I found a poem that can be considered a bible. The Hávamál, meaning The Words of the High, are the words of Odin. The only copy of this poem is in manuscript form.(“Virtually Virtual Iceland”) The Poetic Edda, known as Elder Edda, is a collection of poems. That would have been used to teach children and to entertain. The word Edda means “Great Grandmother” referring to ancestors. ( "The Sources to Old”) Word spread not only from poems but through religious festivals with communion meals, dancers, music and singing. ("Norse Rituals.")
German Mythology had many gods.
Odin- “lord of poetic/manic
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Germanic paganism- theology and religious practices of the Germanic people the the Iron Age until their Christianization during the Medieval period. ("Germanic Paganism.") Norse Mythology-body of mythology of the North Germanic people. ("Norse Mythology in”) Anglo-Saxon Mythology-belief of the existence of seven realms. Middangeard which is the human realm that we are in, and Neorxnawang which is heaven. (Wikipedia.) Continental Germanic Mythology-practiced in Central Europe, period of Christianization and continues in legends, fairy tales, and European folklore. ("Continental Germanic”) Things that are important to know when talking about German Mythology. Odin is considered an allfather to the gods and is the ruler of Asgard. Frigg is the wife of Odin and and the queen of Asgard. Thor is the god of thunder and protector of mankind. Baldr is the god of light and purity and is the son of Odin and Frigg. Týr is the god and heroic glory and is one handed. ( "10 Important

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