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Odin's Counterpart

The key point here is Roman Syncretism. The romans believed the world was full of different gods, and they didn't presume to know about all of them, or to know everything about the ones they already ...
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What is the Norse equivalent to the Great Flood?

The Norse flood myth is actually a flood of blood, created when Odin, Vili and Vé slew Ymir, the primeval ancestor of the jötnar. From Snorri's Prose Edda: The sons of Bor slew the giant Ymer, but ...
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Why is the story of Odin hanging from Yggdrasil so similar to that of Jesus on the cross?

Taking a look at a few things here. The word Yggdrasil itself firstly. "Ygg," means Death. "Drasil" is a Nordic term that has the dual meanings of both "gallows" and "horse." So Yggdrasil itself ...
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Did the Sami affect Norse mythology?

Yes, both as figures in historical and semi-legendary stories, and possibly through borrowings of mythological themes and ideas. History and semi-legendary material First, let's note the actual ...
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Who was the first Satan like deity/creature/person in mythology?

This is a complex question, and entire books have been written on it. The modern conception of Satan is a mixture of qualities arising from paganism (horns, etc.) but the conception of Satan as evil ...
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Mythologies with goddesses as the main deity?

Yes I take this question to refer to the chief deity of the “day to day” pantheon. Many religions have primordial goddesses that are arguably older and more powerful than the deities that are the ...
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Is there a common theme of dragon meat being toxic?

I'm going to guess that the stories of toxicity of dragon meat is largely modern, as I can't think of stories from the traditional canons where this is a story element. It may derive from the story ...
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Are the Nephilim the demi-gods of the bible?

It depends what you mean by "demi-god". They are of somewhat divine origin, by most understandings of "sons of God" (ancient Hebrew sources identify them with angels of some description). They were ...
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Are there any instances where non-Greco-Roman goddesses fall in love with mortals?

There are a couple that I could find. Clídna, the Irish goddess/Fairy Queen, had an affair with Ciabhan, John Fitzjames, and Earl Gerald Fitzgerald, among others.1 Bai Mudan was worshiped as a ...
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Why is the story of Odin hanging from Yggdrasil so similar to that of Jesus on the cross?

It would be hard to know definitively if this was due Christian influence on Odin's narrative b/c we don't have pre-Christian textual sources for Odin's. (i.e. This material was first recorded about ...
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Is there any Norse mythological figure associated with victory?

No, none that is exclusively associated with victory. The closest we get is probably Odin, who is said to be able to give victory in war. Note however, the Sigrdrífumál, with accompanying prose ...
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What is the connection between Asherah and the custom of Christmas Trees?

There is no historical connection. The cultures that worshiped Asherah were mostly destroyed when the Babylonians invaded the kingdom of Judah and took a large portion of the populace as captives. ...
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Are the Anunnaki mentioned in the Bible?

How could they be related ? Anakim just means "sons of Anak". It is just a race of giants, and there is nothing giving them godlike power or something. Anunnaki, as I explained in another post, means ...
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Which gods have been killed in their myths?

The Irish god Donn was killed when his people, the Milesians, invaded Ireland and took it from the Tuatha de Danann. He then became the god of the dead, who lived on Bull Rock (Tech Duinn) off the ...
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Why did Christians, who take a huge part of their Bible from Jews, not have to follow the same rules as Jews?

The relevance and applicability of the Mosaic Code to Christians, especially gentile Christians, is a vexed theological question that Paul addresses and tries to finesse in more than one of his ...
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How are Norse and Celtic mythology related?

How are Norse and Celtic mythology related? In a few different ways, I suppose. Because they are the mythologies of similar human societies. An example: the “Green Man” isn’t exclusively Celtic, ...
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Stories of children raised out of human society?

Enkidu, companion of Gilgamesh was definitely raised outside of human society Essentially, he is a wild man that is tricked into losing his kinship with the wild beasts by laying with a woman. ...
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Are there major differences between Continental Germanic and Scandinavian mythology?

Unfortunately, our knowledge of Continental Germanic mythology is extremely limited, due to the fragmentary nature of the available sources. We know that Continental Germanic mythology and Norse ...
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What is the difference between Igigi and Anunnaki deities?

If I remember well, they are 2 different classes of gods. In this myth of the creation of the Human (saga of Atrahasis), It is said that Anunnaki deities were ruling in the heaven, it comes from the ...
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Are there parallels between Ymir/Auðumbla and Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox besides the obvious?

In a sense - but while Bunyan and Babe actively change the landscape, Ymir is chopped up by others (Odin & Co) to make the world. Both Bunyan and Ymir are associated with cold - PB with the "blue ...
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Does every culture have a deluge myth?

Does every culture have some sort of deluge myth? Possibly, but it is impossible to say for sure. Major culture systems are a different matter. For example, if we combine all North American Indian ...
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Are there stories of a hero or god fighting off old age?

The one story that I found while researching the question, is the story of Thor wrestling Elli1 in the Gylfaginning: And again he said: Let me see first! Call hither that old woman, Elle, my ...
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Which gods have been killed in their myths?

Osiris is killed in several Egyptian myths, coming back to life for varying lengths of time in some of them. The myth described Osiris as having been killed by his brother Set, who wanted Osiris' ...
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Alternative to Tower of Babel explanations for linguistic diversity

Surprisingly, many of these exist. To list a few there's the Aztec belief: The Aztecs' story maintains that only a man, Coxcox, and a woman, Xochiquetzal, survive, having floated on a piece of bark....
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Why are Gods in the Greek pantheon portrayed as performing unsavory & amoral acts?

One of the purposes, in regard to Greek mythology, is elevating human dignity, which leads to humanism. In the Trojan war, the gods are portrayed as petty and squabbling, where Hector, in ...
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Mythologies with goddesses as the main deity?

I'd offer that the ancient Celtic Gods of the Tuatha dé Danaan were another. From the wiki page: "In Irish-Celtic mythology, the Tuatha Dé Danann ("People of the goddess Danu") are the Irish race ...
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What is the earliest myth of the three Fates?

Wikipedia gives us the four "3-fate pantheons." Oldest As you list, the Moirai. Their name means "Parts." "Shares" or "Alottted Portions." The individuals were Klotho (Clotho), the "the Spinner," ...
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Odin's Counterpart

Mercury and Hermes are basically the same. The Roman Mercury is simply the Greek Hermes. Now Toth. Toth is a pure Egyptian God. In 300 BC Egypt was conquered by Alexander the Great and one of his ...
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Are there any instances where non-Greco-Roman goddesses fall in love with mortals?

In the Irish tale The Sickbed of Cuchulainn the hero has an affair with Fand, a fairy woman. It ends unhappily, as the otherworld and this world cannot be together. Fand returns to her husband, the ...
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What are the differences between the Greek Hestia and the Roman Vesta with regards to both mythology and worship?

The Romans worshipped the same goddess, or rather the same ideas embodied in her, under the name of Vesta, which is in reality identical with Hestia; but as the Roman worship of Vesta differed in ...
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