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The World as the Vikings Saw It: Chaos to Cosmos

By Narayani Ganesh

Long before the people of Scandinavia took to Christianity, pagan Nordic spirituality had its own view of Creation. Indigenous Nordic peoples’ perception of the spiritual universe is sourced from poems and folklore that have survived through oral tradition since the time of the Vikings.

Snorri Sturluson, the 12th century Icelandic chieftain devoted to literature and scholarship compiled poems and stories (The Edda) that reflect the spiritual beliefs of the Vikings, their gods and goddesses, detailing the creation of the world and the deeds of the gods. A description of what prevailed before chaos and the creation of heaven, earth and seas talks about the great abyss, the Ginnungagap, without form and void.

Read the original article at: Times of India

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