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That is very cool!

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10/5/19 7:28 P

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Oh, that’s good, Eva! Hahaha!

Thinking about creation and destruction, I have to mention the old Norse concept of the Self, or Being. The individual is made up of nine parts. Some sources identify 3 or 4 parts to the Self, but my Swedish great-grandmother said nine, and I’m taking her word for it.

One part links the individual to their ancestors; it’s kind of like reincarnation but not exactly. Another part links us to the supernatural, often elves. The fylgja is another part of our being, linking us to the animal kingdom via an animal spirit, maybe a bear or wolf or boar although it could be any type of animal. The daemons in “The Golden Compass” are modeled after fylgjur (plural form of fylgja). Your fylgja is an integral part of your being. Adepts can “ride” their spirit animal to travel to other realms.

Yet other parts of your being may link you to specific physical places (mountains, for example) or to the plant kingdom (think of Celtic sacred trees). I love to contemplate this idea! My physical being is made up of elements that have come from plants, animals, trees, etc. I’m physically linked to the entire Cosmos. By this concept of the Self, I am also spiritually linked to all the Realms. I’m a unique combination of elements, but these elements also connect me to all these Realms. Just as my physical body will eventually return to be a part of the Universe, my Being will continue at all these different levels.

Pretty cool!


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Amy, Well, she might be happy to make them someone else's problem! Ha!

I can see the parallel between Hela and Kali. In order for life to build and continue there must be death and destruction (or decomposition) . It's part of the circle of life.

I can see some similarly with Morrigan (singular as opposed to the triple form) she was indeed a warrior goddess, who had a horrible rep for death an destruction, but "chose" a new sovereign, paving the way for the next generation. Or that's my take from the legends that survived.

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Me too, DEBY! And it's a delight to share some of that info, as well!

EVA, not very many details have survived about the old Norse conceptualization of Hela. However, parallels are often drawn between Hela and the Hindu goddess Kali. Many Westerners find Kali an incomprehensible figure: she is so terrifying looking and is associated with death and destruction, yet her devotees absolutely revere her. Certainly, some modern-day folks find a sympathetic figure in Hela.

One portrayal of Hela that I particularly like is the image below, done by contemporary German artist Hannah Boving. Hela looks like someone I would like to get to know, but definitely would not want to have her angry at me. If I can get her to like me, maybe she will fix me up on a date with one of her bad-boy brothers! Tee-hee!

Ah... no, she would probably get mad at me if I asked that. Here's me being quiet, now.

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I've always found Hel or Hela interesting because she has a job typically assigned to male deities, like Hades. There are several goddesses that lead people through death to the underworld but not man that full rein supreme.

I don't think I've ever known she was siblings with Norse "monsters" but I did know she is sister to Thor and Loki. It never has occurred to me that they are all related.

From your research it sounds like she's almost comforting, despite her described appearance that could be seen as "scary."





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As the Veil thins in October, it’s a good time to give thought to She who presides over the Underworld. Hela (or Hel, Old Norse word meaning “Hidden”) is the daughter of the Norse trickster god Loki and the giantess Angrboda. She is sister to the great Fenris wolf and to the world snake Jormungandr. What an interesting bunch of siblings! She is sometimes portrayed as part beautiful woman and part skeletal, desiccated corpse. In the famous Edda poem, Hela is described as fierce looking, half pale and fair, half dark blue or black.

Her realm is also named Hel or Helheim (Hel’s home) and is described as cold and dark. However, it is not otherwise a place of sadness or torment to the souls who go there. And, hey, anyone who has lived in far northern climes knows that “cold and dark” describes a fair portion of the year, so what else is new?

Upon death, souls may be claimed by various deities; for example, warriors’ souls may be chosen by the Valkyrie to spend the afterlife with Odin in Valhalla. Most folks’ souls would be embraced by Hela. In her realm, Hela has “great mansions” and She is charged to "administer board and lodging to those sent to her, and that is those who die of sickness or old age."

The ancient Norse conceptualization of the afterlife was complex, with at least hints of the possibility of resurrection or reincarnation. The souls of one’s female ancestors (“Disir”) act rather like guardian angels, watching over their descendants and interceding with the gods on their behalf. Gifts sometimes were sent to people or gods from Hel, “as from a friendly kingdom”.

This 1920 drawing by Willy Pogany depicts "The children of Loki" and Mother Angrboda, including Fenrir, Jormungandr, and Hela.


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