Ginnungagap Research Paper

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Ginnungagap is a wonder of Norse Mythology. It is a perfect world between the two regions Muspelheim and Niflheim, formulated by the body of Ymir. The flesh of Ymir was used to create the earth, the sea consisted of his blood, and his eyebrows were used to form the land where humans resided, Midgard. When the combination of Norse mythology and the modern world join together, major differences begin to affect the culture through government, religion, and social standards. Venture through the ‘Ginnunga-gap’ and discover how modern society translates into Norse mythology.
The gods ruled over the people, guiding them and protecting them from harm, similar to a government. Their behavior is exactly the way that government works, as the rules set by the gods are obeyed by the
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The upper-class elites would live in Asgard, the area for the gods. Elites are treated exceptionally well, living luxuriously through their wealth; often, a slight feeling of superiority is held in when regarding those of other social stature. The “one percent” is treated as divinity, however, as they are free to use money to suit them in whatever way they desire. Middle-class people would live in Midgard, the land where humans lived in Norse mythology. The middle-class is what best represents the average human and household, so it is fitting that they should live where the humans resided. Midgard is also conveniently between the top and bottom areas, Asgard and Niflheim. Niflheim, the underworld of Norse mythology, is likely where the poor, or lower-class citizens would reside. The land is referred to as “dark...and brutally cold”(Taylor, “Niflheim”). In modern society, the poor are pariahs, who are scorned for their poverty and treated as subhuman. They are given the barest necessities but in an insufficient quantity. Lower-class citizens are never given the luxuries that the upper class has, nor the