Tuesday, February 5, 2013

30 Days of Deity Devotion

I've always kinda eyeballed these '30 Days of -'  ideas and posts, wondering if there was something out there that would pop up for me. Wandering through tumblr I found one such thing: 30 Days of Deity Devotion. I liked the idea and it will do two things: help my focus on the Deity and have me post here more often. It'll start some good habits!  :D    So, here goes nothing!

Day 1: A brief introduction of the deity

Well, Odin is one of the major deities in Norse mythology, some going as far to say he is the chief deity.  He is the ruler of the Aesir.  Odin is a god of war, knowledge, death, poetry, divination, magic, and wisdom.  He brought us the runes, after he hung himself as sacrifice for this knowledge.  Odin also sacrificed an eye to Mimir so he may drink from Mimir's well, the water bestowing upon him much of his wisdom.

He is known by many names, many common and others listed in Grimnismol, Skaldskaparmal, and the Gylfiginning, among others.  The following are but a few of what He has been called:

Val-father-  Father of the Slain
Omi-  The Shouter
Oski-  God of Wishes
Fjolnir/Fiolni-  The Many-Shaped
Gangleri/Ganglari-  The Traveler or Wanderer
Harbarth/Harbard-  Greybeard
Vofuth/Vafud-  The Wanderer

Odin has two ravens, Huginn(thought) and Muninn(memory) which sit on his shoulder.  These two are set out each day and after going over the world they return and relay to him their findings.  He rides the eight legged horse Sleipnir, one of the children of Loki.  Two wolves, Geri and Freki, sit beside Odin, taking food that is offered to the god because Mead is both food and drink to him.

He weilds the spear Gungnir.

He is a traveler and he wanders the worlds, usually dressed in a wide brimmed hat, a grey cloak, and a walking staff.

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