The Germanic creation myth says that in the beginning of time, there was nothing but Ginnungagap. Neither sand, sea heaven or earth had been created. After a long span of time, a new realm emanated in the south part named Muspell.
Muspel was made of fire, glowing embers, and scorching heat. In the north a second region sprang forth called Niflheim, which consisted of bitter winds, and freezing ice and snow.
Ginnungagap was situated between these two realms, and the waters from the eleven rivers of Hvergelmir flowed here. In the middle of the void all was mild, until one day the elements of fire and ice collided. In the north Niflheim's cold breeze began to freeze the void, while the southern part was thawed by the warmth emanating from Muspell. everything was chaos and disorder. Life emerged from the drops of this great chaos in the shape of a giant. His name was Ymir and the frost giants are his descendants.
While Ymir was asleep, based on what the Germanic creation myth says, the first man and woman were born from the sweat of his left armpit, and his legs gave birth to a son. Meanwhile, the ice on Ginnungagap continued to melt, until Audumbla the cow emerged. She fed the giant with her four teats, while she sustained herself by licking the ice. As Audumbla licked the salty ice blocks for three consecutive nights, another being appeared, named Buri. Buri's son married Bestla and they had three sons: Odin, Vili and Ve.
Bor's son had a hatred towards the giant Ymir, and they plotted his death. Ymir's corpse was carried to the center of Ginnungagap and cut into many pieces. Odin, Vili and Ve fashioned the world out Ymir's body. From Ymir's flesh they made the earth, and the mountains from his unbroken bones. From Ymir's shattered skeleton parts, teeth, and toes they created pebbles, boulders and rocks. Ymir's flowing blood gave rise to the rivers, lakes and sea. Maggots grew from Ymir's rotting carcass, and they were shaped into dwarfs. Odin, Vili and Ve lifted the giant's skull so high it reached the end of the earth's limits, and they called it the sky. The sons of Bor placed a dwarf on each of the four corners to hold it over the earth. Their names were: Nordri, Sudri, Austri and Vestri.
And the Germanic creation myth goes on, saying that Odin, Vili and Ve snatched glowing embers from the realm of Muspellheim
and created the sun, moon and stars. These orbs were placed above the
world to illuminate the earth. The sons of Buri created the world in
spherical form, and a body of water surrounded the earth. They
designated part of the world as Jotunheim for the race known as the
frost and rock giants. Because of the giants malevolence towards humans,
the brother took Ymir's eyebrowns to form a protective wall around the
center of the earth. This sheltered area was called Midgard, and house
of the human race. Then the brothers took Ymir's brains up high in the
sky, creating the clouds.
One day the sons of Bor came across two fallen trees. One was an Ash and the other an Elm. From these trees Odin created the first man and woman and gave them the essence of life. Vili gave the thought and feeling, and Ve gave them the ability to hear, speak and see. Their names were Ask and Embla. Also later on, Odin, Vili and Ve created the means to measure and record time. The light and dark phases of the earth were ruled by Night and Day. Odin set them in the sky on chariots which circled the world every two half days. Night's chariot was pulled by a horse named Hrimfaxi and Day's chariot by a mare named Skinfaxi.
And this is the Germanic Creation Myth.
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