Yggdrasil, The Tree of Life

Today is earth day. The earth is known to many cultures as the goddess Gaia, hence the term ‘mother earth.’ She is the giver of life according to many legends.
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In modern times,Earth day has evolved into an environmental day.
People just need to care of our earth, water, air and all living creatures on it.

The Norse Folklore tells the tale of the awesome tree named

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Yggdrasil, which is the Norse tree of life. It is a gigantic ash tree. The nine worlds are wrapped within this tree and Yggdrasil connects them all. This tree is so ginormous it towers above the sky!
The three wells feed the roots that are entwined within the three worlds.
Root number one is buried into Niflheim, it is the shadowy underworld and Hvergelmir the boisterous spring is located smack in the middle of Hvergelmir.
Nidhogg the mammoth dragon nibbles from below at this root.
Root number two houses the frost giants and their well Mimir.
A chatty, gossipy, squirrel named Ratatosk resides in Yggdrasil and relays messages to the dragon Nidhogg. There is an eagle sporting a hawk between his eyes they watch from the top branches the worlds below them.

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The Norse gods and goddesses reside in Asgard.
The light elves live just below in Alfheim.
The dwarfs live in Nidavellir.
People reside in Midgard where we live.
The mountain and frost giants dwell in Jotunheim.
Vanaheim is the place where the Vanir and Aesir exist.
Muspell the fiery world is where Surtr dwells.
Hel is the place for dead cowards that would not bravely battle in war.
There you have Yggdrasil the tree of life.

Our earth is the heartbeat for every organic creature on it. So let’s take care of her.
We can start with simple things such as recycling
plastic bottles instead of throwing them everywhere. Bottles need to be made from Industrial hemp which is biodegradable. Plant an organic garden or perrenial/annual garden. A bit of both is great to entice bees and other pollinators. Try a tower garden if you are an urban dweller. It’s a fun project you can do with your children. Your children will eat the veggies they grow!
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Gaia and Yggdrasil birthed  our beautiful worlds let’s show our appreciation and respect by caring for our earth and all living creatures that dwell here.

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Author: Nifty Buckles

Sharing Folklore from around our world :)

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