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Poetic Edda - Grimnir's sayings [Extract]

Identifier

017134

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

In Norse mythology, the raven – because the bird tended to eat the flesh of rotting corpses after a battle, - was symbolic of death and the afterlife. But they also had a special role in Odin's court.  Odin had two ravens Hugin and Munin – thought and memory.

The Norsemen believed that ravens Hugin and Munin sat on the god Odin's shoulders and saw and heard all.

 

 

A description of the experience

The Poetic Edda

from Grimnir's sayings

Hugin and Munin fly every day
over the wide world;
I fear for Hugin that he will not come back
yet I tremble more for Munin

 

 

An illustration from an 18th century Icelandic manuscript depicting Huginn and Muninn sitting on the shoulders of Odin

 

The source of the experience

Poetic Edda, the

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Memory
Perceptions

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

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