Mythology refers to the study as well as the clarification of the sacred narrations of a given culture mainly known as myths. Moreover, Myths can be defined as the description of numerous stories concerned with diverse aspects of humanity. For example they can include the bad, evil, good, and source of humanity, the origin of places, wildlife, and domestic life, cultural values, as well as traditions. Additionally, myths explain the importance of life as well as the origin of death. It also covers life after death and elaborates more about the gods.
Besides, they convey the opinions and values regarding the subject that is discussed by a given culture. Myths provide stories about the ancestors as well as the foundation of man and the world at large. They also involve narrations of supernatural creatures, usually known to possess God-given powers. Additionally, myths describe the variances in the societal long-held perceptions as well as natural events which include, storms, lightning, thunderstorm, seasons among others.
They also play a critical role in shaping the current world in the modern societies. Moreover, although many cultures in different places in the world have diverse geographical barriers, they share some similarities as well as differences.
Mythological narratives are an important part of every culture. Since they are described to constitute several stories and principles, they have different messages to people. The key aspect of stories in the mythological world is that they majorly explain about the origin of phenomenon and how nature and human world function.
Their existence in every culture reveals how individuals in the olden days struggled to elaborate on how the world came to existence. Moreover, people can trace the origin of a myth and the location it came from as well as the part of the world. In other instances, it drifts from culture to culture and from one period to another. For example, the roots of myths of diverse phenomenon such as Pegasus, Centaur, and sphinx among others can be realized in motion. Moreover, they offer a learning platform where people become knowledgeable about other cultures as well as their own culture.
Mythical cultures have diverse universal themes. They include the compassionate theme and magic theme. From the beginning, the empathetic theme is evident. We find that in The Fisher King in Mythology, the wounded father lives with the son and the more the father spends time in the castle, the son does not give him attention, for example by feeding him, or watching over him and probably provide him with something to eat or drink (The Fisher King in Mythology). Instead, the little boy spends more time visiting friends and engaging new ones in the fields. When he is through with pals, he proceeds to the waters for fishing activities. The grandson to the old man portrays an uncompassionate spirit by leaving his wounded father suffering in the house instead of taking care of him (The Fisher King in Mythology). Additionally, later in the article, we find Bran warring with an Irish where his leg is wounded and the cauldron he possessed demolished (The Fisher King in Mythology). The Irish and the old man’s grandson have no sympathy over the subjects they heartlessly attack and abandon respectively.
The Hindu myths differ with the Norse myths in numerous ways. This is due to the uniqueness that each one of them has. For example, the Vedic or the Hindu myth is popularly known to have originated from diverse beliefs, philosophies as well as traditions. Additionally, these phenomena have different reference points since they differ from each other. Moreover, there are diverse theories on the origin of the Hindu myths which differ from one another. The Hindu religion is one of the oldest religions in the world and can be traced back by tracking the writings of the ancient times. On the other hand, Norse myths have not been in existence for a decade. This is because there was no much information regarding their presence about them. Additionally, whereas Hinduism is made of several religions, the Norse is made up of one religion.
The compassionate theme is clear evidence that people should be sympathetic with other members of the society. It teaches us that when our colleagues are facing any form of challenge, we have a role to play in ensuring that we take good care of them. Individuals suffering directly or indirectly require those who are sober to instill life in them and also consul them. Those who are in pain required our attention to ensuring that we provide them with whichever basic thing they may need from us. From the narrative in The Fisher King in Mythology, the two victims, the grandson and the Irish have no sympathy. The boy abandons his grandfather for games and fishing whiles the latter hurt Bran and breaks his cauldron, leaving him helpless where other people who sympathize with him come for his rescue. Therefore, every individual in the society has a unique role in helping others to better their lives.
Another theme universal theme in the mythical culture is the theme of imperfect gods and illusion. When people hear the word God, most individuals perceive that this is the true God who is found in the bible and other religious books. On the contrary, the articles on, The Building of Asgard’s Walland and The Fisher King in Mythology, imperfect gods have been discussed broadly (The Building of Asgard’s Wall). In the former, it is evident that the gods were thrilled to find the walls rebuilt to ensure that Asgard was secure from evildoers. However, no god was willing to undertake the task until a one-day solitary mysterious figure stored amidst the rainbow and rode on horseback and stopped beside Heim-dall who was a watchman. The stranger on the donkey communicates to the soldier and smiles at him displaying his golden teeth. He then meets other gods in Gladsheim and surrounded by Odin, one of the gods. This phenomenon indicates forceful gods who have the power and capability to act like human beings and also like spirits (The Building of Asgard’s Wall). Additionally, illusion is clear from this passage where the soldier is seen communicating with the figure on the horse, and later he is in the meeting with other gods.
The gods are found to be having a heated argument on whom to build the Asgard wall where Odin, the most respected god and his wife, Freyja who is believed to be the most beautiful are seen in a meeting discussing on whom to build the wall (The Building of Asgard’s Wall). Odin disagrees with him due to the duration he proposed to take to finish the work. The gods including Loki proposes to give a thought to the idea. Moreover, they later engage in a heated argument over the duration that the man who rode on a horse would take to complete the wall. Additionally, Thor who was away joins the other Gods. Early Waker and All Swift later begin their journey for the skies (The Building of Asgard’s Wall). The theme of imperfect gods can be seen throughout the communication process between the gods on settling on whom to build the wall. Illusion can be traced where two Gods leaves the meeting room for the skies.
The Vedic or Hindu myths and the Norse myths differed in terms of their Gods. For example, the Norse myth had the ultimate deity who was also the most paramount and was known as Odin. He played a significant role in inspiring the leaders of the Asgard (The Building of Asgard’s Wall). Moreover, he was the most respected god who used two wolves, ravens among other objects to perform his magical rituals. Moreover he had other responsibilities where he held the position of God of war as well as magic and poetry. Moreover, his popularity came from the aspect of giving away one of his eyes as a sacrifice where he reasoned that, by doing so, he would manage to see the universe more clearly and his admiration for knowledge enabled him to hang himself on the World Tree which was referred to as Yggdrasil for nine consecutive days until he was blessed with the comprehension of the runic scripts. Additionally, due to his relentless nature, he managed to possess numerous achievements in life.
Frigg was another god in the Norse myths (The Building of Asgard’s Wall). She was a wife to Odin and she was a saint of love, fertility, beauty, and fate. Moreover, she bore the title of the mightiest queen of Asgard and an esteemed goddess of Norse who had been talented with divinations power and was covered by a unique layer of air which was believed to protect her. Additionally, due to the position she held in relationship to Odin, she was privileged to be the only goddess who would sit near the main god. Moreover, her protective character made her acquire the title of a protective mother and only took oaths to form components such as beats, weapons as well as poisons to prevent injuries to her son Balder. Studies claim that her trust was later betrayed by a more deceitful god known as Loki. Loki’s contribution in the context of the meeting on who to build the Asgard wall can be seen to favor the builder as he claims that they should give him the chance to do the task (The Building of Asgard’s Wall). He faces great opposition from other gods and later they dismiss the builder.
The Vedi myths, different types of gods with diverse functionalities, and titles also existed. For example, some of their gods were believed to have a direct connection with the heavens and had the power to cause misfortunes such as illness and destruction to the human beings. They also had the power to cause death in the society. Such gods included the Varuna. Moreover, he was believed to understand everything in the world, and hence people knew that he had the power to maintain smooth functionalities of the world as well as administering justice. Due to the sensitivity of his responsibilities and duties, the other gods elevated him into the position of the greatest ethical deity among the Vedas.
Most of the Vedic involved gods who had powers to control the nature and cause misfortunes to the society. These natural parameters that they could control included the storm, wind, clouds, fire as well as rain. Additionally, they also composed diverse stories that are related to the creation and are varied between different periods. Additionally, some religious practices introduced during the Vedic time still exist and practice in the Hindu land. Vedic Mythology is also popularly known to consist of animals and believed that the spirits lived in animals, stones, mountains, rivers, trees, and stars. However, some of these spirits were believed to be virtuous, others were popularly known to cause harm. Moreover, in this society individuals believed that rituals were very vital and they used them as a means toward any evil approaching the society Moreover, sacred festivals were quite vital during the Vedic period and individuals seemed to have an agreement with the gods.
The Norse Mythology originated from Scandinavian mythical practice. Moreover, the landscape of this framework is selected through customs. Additionally, the structure of the Norse Mythology belonged to the initial gods who were slaying giants and altering their bodies. During the existence of the Norse mythologies, gods were mainly involved in the lives of individuals unlike in the Vedic myth. This is evident where we initially find a man riding on a horse meets the guard, Heimdall, where he orders for a meeting with other gods at Gladsheim (The Building of Asgard’s Wall). The Norse believers were mainly heathens who never believed in the existence of any supreme deity but believed in numerous gods who controlled their daily affairs.