As a student of life, my dream is to see the world. I believe sharing my experiences with the world through images, videos, and blog entries can make anyone feel as if they are also there, in the moment, witnessing the remarkable beauty that is our world. What is life without adventure? What is life without passion? We are Explorers, We are Dreamers, We are the Beauty in our poems, the Magic in our fairytales, and the Light that Shines in the dark.
Left: Drawing of Thor, dated to 18th century, Iceland, Right: Statue of Thor In Stockholm, Sweden
I used a Canon 70D
Tokina 11mm Lens
ISO500 13sec f2.8
Image By: Ian Norman
Norse mythology, or Scandinavian mythology, is the body of mythology of the North Germanic people stemming from Norse paganism and continuing after the Christianization of Scandinavia and into the Scandinavian folklore of the modern period. The northernmost extension of Germanic mythology, Norse mythology consists of tales of various deities, beings, and heroes derived from numerous sources from both before and after the pagan period, including medieval manuscripts, archaeological representations, and folk tradition. Old Norse is a North Germanic language that was spoken by inhabitants of Scandinavia and inhabitants of their overseas settlements during the Viking Age, until about 1300.
Thor (from Old Norse) is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also hallowing, healing and fertility. The cognate deity in wider Germanic mythology and paganism was known in Old English as Þunor and in Old High German as Donar (runic þonar, stemming from a Common Germanic *Þunraz (meaning “thunder”). Thor is a prominently mentioned god throughout the recorded history of the Germanic peoples, from the Roman occupation of regions of Germania, to the tribal expansions of the Migration Period, to his high popularity during the Viking Age, when, in the face of the process of the Christianization of Scandinavia, emblems of his hammer, Mjölnir, were worn in defiance and Norse pagan personal names containing the name of the god bear witness to his popularity. Into the modern period, Thor continued to be acknowledged in rural folklore throughout Germanic regions. Thor is frequently referred to in place names, the day of the week Thursday (“Thor’s day”; Old English Thunresdaeg, Thunor’s day); German “Donnerstag” (Donar’s day), bears his name, and names stemming from the pagan period containing his own continue to be used today. In Norse mythology, largely recorded in Iceland from traditional material stemming from Scandinavia, numerous tales and information about Thor are provided.
The cosmology of the worlds in which all beings inhabit—nine in total—centers around a cosmological tree, Yggdrasil. The gods inhabit the heavenly realm of Asgard whereas humanity inhabits Midgard, a region in the center of the cosmos. Outside of the gods, humanity, and the jötnar, these Nine Worlds are inhabited by a variety of beings, such as elves and dwarfs. Travel between the worlds is frequently recounted in the myths, where the gods and other beings may interact directly with humanity. Numerous creatures live on Yggdrasil, such as the insulting messenger squirrel Ratatoskr and the perching hawk Veðrfölnir. The tree itself has three major roots, and at the base of one of these roots live a trio of norns. Elements of the cosmos are personified, such as the Sun (Sól, a goddess), the Moon (Máni, a god), and Earth (Jörð, a goddess), as well as units of time, such as day (Dagr, a god) and night (Nótt, a jötunn).
The Wondjina Tribes
In Aboriginal mythology, the Wondjina (or Wandjina) were cloud and rain spirits who, during the Dream time, created or influenced the landscape and its inhabitants. When they found the place they would die, they painted their images on cave walls and entered a nearby waterhole. The Wondjina style dates from around 3800 B.C following the end of a millennium long drought that gave way to a wetter climate characterised by regular monsoons. Today, certain Aboriginal people of the Mowanjum tribes repaint the images to ensure the continuity of the Wondjina’s presence.
Pleiades – The Seven Sisters
Pleiades – Also known as the seven sisters are among the nearest star clusters and the most obvious to the naked eye. The brightest stars of the cluster are named for the seven sisters of Greek Mythology, daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Pursued by Orion, they were rescued by Zeus, who immortalized the sisters by placing them in the sky. Due to a high visibility, these stars gained a special place in many ancient cultures. We can tell that these stars were known since old times, by several cultures around the world, including the Maori and Australian Aborigines, Chinese, Maya, and the Aztec native people of North America. Representations of these stars in local mythologies are different, but rather a common element is their female nature.