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Straight from Myth
In North mythology, Ginnungagap is the great gap that opened spilling out two worlds: the world of ice (Niflheim) and the world of Fire (Muspellsheim). The fires of Muspellsheim melted the ice of Niflheim and the water that came from that divide formed into the oceans of Midgard. There’s much more to this that involves the body of a giant and a cow…more on this later.
In the northern part of Ginnungagap lay the intense cold of Niflheim, and to the southern part lay the equally intense heat of Muspelheim. The cosmogonic process began when the effulgence of the two met in the middle of Ginnungagap.
Some predict this incident was believed to be Iceland and can you blame them? The pictures posted are of “Eyjafjallajokull,” the volcano in Iceland that erupted within the last few years.
My research spanned more than seven years and is credited to the following sources.
John Lindow: Professor of Berkeley
Jacob Grimm: 19th Century linguist
Snorri Sturleson: Author of the Ancient Icelandic Norse text, The Prose Edda
The Moon Calendar provided by Space.com