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Stories and People


While trying to get a group together to hang out this evening I realized something. No matter what the story is about, people generally want to know. To get together and learn or experience something. Maybe the whole point of mythology is just to bring people together. To have a group and a community. After all, isn’t that just what things like church do? Bring peope with some common denominator together? Just a thought.

Matter is Eternal


Pretty straight forward right? Most people who’ve ever taken a science class know about the law of conservation of matter: Matter is neither produced nor destroyed. I found it very interesting that this is an idea in the Norse Edda – after all, it well predates most science period, much less the law of conservation of matter. But matter doesn’t just die out or come into being like it does in much of mythology. There’s an overarching idea of eternity that is reassuring and rather appealing.

Pomegranates


Similarly to apples, pomegranates also seem to show up quite a bit – at least in Greco-Roman myth. Persephone is trapped in the underworld by 6 seeds of one and the castrated phallus of the hermaphrodite became a pomegranate tree and impregnated a girl. They always seem to be connected to sex in some way. After all, they are made from the blood from a penis as it landed on earth and have the ability to impregnate. The story of Persephone is full of sexual innuendo as well – it is considered her rape after all. Sex with Hades bound her to the underworld – is it possible that the pomegranate seeds are simply a metaphor? It’s also very convenient that the most common form that pomegranates are eaten in is seeds – which aid in conception after all. Maybe that’s why pomegranates are considered an aphrodisiac…

Apples


I’ve noticed that apples play a significant part in mythology. Particularly in Christianity and Norse myth. They represent knowledge and death and sex and immortality and eternal youth. Why apples and not some other fruit? Wouldn’t oranges or bananas work just as well? or olives? Are apples just widespread? Honestly I have no idea. But it does color my perception of apples quite a lot. Often when I eat an apple I’ve taken from the food hall for a midday snack I wonder if it tastes as good as the one Adam and Eve partook in or the ones the Norse gods ate to remain young. I like to think they help revive and rejuvenate me – almost as if I wasn’t getting any older.

More Yggdrasil


I’ve always found the concept of Yggdrasil fascinating. It just seems so organized and neat. No other mythologies or religions define where heaven and hell are as well. Yggdrasil just makes sense. The roots feed on 3 wells of water – that of death, wisdom and life – pretty much the 3 governing ideas on earth. Hel is located under Midgard (our real world) and Asgard (heaven) above. It feels natural that Hel would be below – sort of as a soil to nourish the tree – we see this as the dead plants and animals in a forest eventually become soil for new plants. The heavens are among the leaves, and is connected to us by a rainbow – a magical sight to most people. The animals tormenting Yggdrasil are also in logical places and have logical jobs. It just makes sense.

Conversations with a Chair


Charity brought up the idea that our seats in mythology class may not like us. In the spirit of that, I came up with how the chair would react if, a, it liked me and, b, if it did not:

A: (from the chair’s perspective)

Yay! It’s almost 11 – she’ll be here soon to cover my cold back with her coat before she sets that smooth notebook on the desk – I wonder what color of pen she’ll use today. It’s so nice when  she settles in to listen and learn – I feel like my job is accomplished. I hope she isn’t tired though – she tends to be less active then. And I’ve got this awful itch on the side of the desk – hopefully she’ll scratch it absent-mindedly or something…

B: (again from the chair)

Oh no, here it comes again. Her and her coat and hair smothering me in this hot classroom. I mean really – she can’t put her hair up further or set her coat on the floor? Or her bony seat sitting on me – so uncomfortable. Maybe if I just pull the chair next to me closer she’ll feel crammed and sit somewhere else… Or maybe I’ll position myself at an awkward angle or something. She thinks she can just walk – well, sit and write – all over me. And I’m though with it!

Inanimate Objects with Names


There are names for literally everything in the Edda. EVERYTHING. It took me awhile to get used to it before I realized that I name most everything too. Maybe it’s just Norwegian genes, but my computer, calculator, phone, iPod, desk chair, alarm clock, guitar, tiger lily plant, amp, favorite guitar pick, tuner, printer, art set, microwave, TV, PS2, refrigerator, stool, suitcase, camera and even my hair… Yes, I know, a bit strange. I probably got it from my mom – who consistently sings songs she makes up about our pets, the computer, cooking, or just really anything. I seem to have inherited this tendency. Perhaps a bit strange, but honestly, most of the inanimate objects I’ve named I’m around much more often and are much more useful than most of the people I know… Sorry. But it is kind of true…

Names


Have you ever looked up the meaning of your name? Or wondered why it means what it does?

Visit: http://www.meaning-of-names.com/

Here’s mine: (Sonja)

Meaning of “Sonja”
Scandinavian name

In Scandinavian, the name Sonja means wisdom. The name Sonja originated as an Scandinavian name. The name Sonja is most often used as a girl name or female name.

Scandinavian Name Meaning – wisdom
Origin – Scandinavia
 
And my last name too: (Campbell)
 
Meaning of Campbell

Campbell Meaning:  one who had a wry or crooked mouth; descendant of Campbell (crooked mouth).

Not so fun…

 
And lastly middle! (Annalise)
 
Meaning of “Annalise”
German name

In German, the name Annalise means gracious, consecrated to god. The name Annalise originated as a German name. The name Annalise is most often used as a girl name or female name.

German Name Meaning – gracious, consecrated to god
Origin – Germany
 
 

Mythic Trees


I found a bunch of pictures of trees that really just seemed amazing to me. It makes sense to me that mythology so often involves trees – they do have an amazing ability to inspire awe.

Mythology of Dance


I found this website:

http://www.gildedserpent.com/art37/KetiAstro.htm

I thought it was an interesting look at why we dance…

Here’s some of my favorite passages:

“In primitive cultures the links between heaven and earth, spirit and matter, or human and god or nature was understood and celebrated through ritual, song, and movement.”

“Dance, however, in its primal state, bypasses many “mental analyses” and seems to translate a type of elemental universal knowledge directly through the body. One can, I guess, say the same about music, which in its most primal state is almost unconsciously drawn from the musician, with a guidance that cannot be explained in terms of “literal study” or “dissemination of learnt material.” It is sometimes called “inspired,” but where does that really come from? In dance, one of history’s oldest modes of communicating with divinity and nature, the body becomes a vehicle for universal knowledge through music. The two are inextricably linked; the audio becomes the visual. When the two parts become one, the expression is complete. And in its completion, we assume some message has been transposed from the divine “inspiration” to the “vibrational” mode of music to a “physical” understanding through the body. As simple as it seems, this process harnesses various cosmological elements within its progression; there is a clarity or awareness realized through the act itself. Inspiration and instinct often guide both music and dance.”

“In dance, the body becomes a vehicle for three things:a) The establishment of a rhythmic pattern response through the rhythm and tempo of percussion, thus creating a physiological and psychological effect. Drums are primal and instant in their effect with a core range of tempos from 60-180 beats per minute (BPM) that affect our physiology (our entire endocrine system noticeably speeds up simply by listening to 130 BPM, while 60 BPM is pacifying and is often used in hypnosis).b) Creating a music-melody-movement response to the various instruments played, thus tuning body movement with sound wavelength and frequencies. Instruments are held by the player near the body area that harnesses the frequency of the specific instrument. For example, drums are approximately 50 MHz, as is the frequency of the pelvic area in humans. Flutes are pitched at almost 4,000 MHz as is the frequency of the head area in humans. This explains why African warriors dance using low, grounded aggressive movements to earthy drums, while the Sufi dervishes spin to flutes for enlightenment. Fiery guitars sit in the mid-body area, with qualities matching the solar plexus’ characteristics of pride and courage apparent in Spanish flamenco. The emotive heart area tunes into a higher frequency again, so instruments like the accordion and violin create music that engage feeling and “pull the heartstrings.”c) Tuning into cosmological principals based on the body’s ability to create SPACE, WEIGHT and SHAPE in unchanging elemental fractal geometry. We dance the shapes and patterns that music creates, thus replicating the pattern in a physical, kinesthetic dimension”

Interesting huh?