Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Great Odin's Raven!
Norse Mythology. This image (left) shows Odin with his two ravens, Memory and Thought. Notice that Odin is depicted as having only one eye. Norse mythology held that Oden sacrificed one eye for wisdom.
The Aesir family of Gods were the chief gods of Norse Mythology. Odin, king of the gods had two black ravens, Huginn (Thought) and Muninn (Memory), who flew forth daily to gather tidings of events all over the world. In Norse mythology, Munin was a raven of memory which sat on Odin's shoulder and along with Hunin brought Odin news each day of what was occuring in the world. We can wonder why memory and thought are depicted as ravens. One possibility is that ravens are very vocal and can sometimes mimic human speech.