Ragnarok: Norse Account of Strange & Wonderful Land Doomed to Destruction – Part I

Ragnarok: Norse Account of Strange & Wonderful Land Doomed to Destruction – Part I

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Before the rise and spread of Christianity in the first millennium of the common era, paganism was the common religion of Europeans. Just as there is not a single Christian faith, but many denominations and sects, there was no single set of beliefs that one could identify as “pagan.” For example, the Greeks, Germans, and the Celts had different myths explaining their origins, and beliefs and practices were far from uniform across these peoples of Europe. Among the most colorful of these myths is Norse mythology, first written down in the Eddas during the Medieval period of Iceland.

The Eddas, among other things, speak of a great world tree called Yggdrasil, a land called Midgard, a great serpent surrounding Midgard called Jörmungandr, a land called Asgard lying above Midgard, a ”rainbow bridge” called Bifröst connecting Midgard and Asgard, and Ragnarök, the apocalypse in which Yggdrasil is destroyed at the end of a great world cycle. Ragnarök, unlike the Christian “End Times,” does not involve the complete destruction of the world and the “end of history.” According to the Old Norse philologist Rudolf Simek and religious historian Mircea Eliade, Ragnarök marks the end of a cosmic cycle that will repeat  ad infinitum :

 “Given that the accounts of the destruction of the world in the Old Norse primary sources are immediately followed by accounts of its re-creation, the assertion that Ragnarök describes the end of linear history is completely unfounded. A more sensitive reading of the primary sources makes it obvious that what Ragnarök describes is a cyclical end of the world, after which follows a new creation, which will in turn be followed by another Ragnarök, and so on throughout eternity. In other words, creation and destruction are points at opposite ends of a circle, not points at opposite ends of a straight line.”

Yggdrasil, the world tree.

Yggdrasil, the world tree. ( CC BY 2.0 )

Metaphorically, Ragnarök refers to the series of events in which the gods that rule the Nine Worlds of Yggdrasil meet their doom, but the Eddas also provides a more literal interpretation of what will happen to Midgard as a consequence of Ragnarök:

“At last, in the ultimate reversal of the original process of creation the ravaged land sank back into the sea and vanished below the waves. The perfect darkness and silence of the anti-cosmic void, Ginnungagap, reigned once more. But this age of death and repose did not last forever. Soon the earth was once again raised from the ocean. Baldur returned from the underworld, and the gladdened land became more lush and fruitful than it had been since it was created the previous time.”

In one of my previous articles, I hypothesized that the West Indies archipelago is the remnant of a continuous land bridge that together with the Central American isthmus, completely encircled the Caribbean Basin, thereby isolating it from the World Ocean . As a result of this isolation the Caribbean Sea evaporated away, leaving behind a dry and habitable basin. I also argued that the Taino Indians myth recounting how the sea was created was referring specifically to the creation of the Caribbean Sea , as opposed to the creation of the entire ocean or any other body of water.

Reconstruction of a Taíno village in Cuba.

Reconstruction of a Taíno village in Cuba. ( CC BY-SA 2.5 )

In this article, I shall argue that the Norsemen also preserve the account of a strange and wonderful land doomed to destruction, a land that upon closer inspection bears a striking resemblance to precisely this dry and habitable Caribbean Basin, were it had to have existed.

Cycles of Creation and Destruction Described by Ancient Texts

This cyclical destruction and creation of the world as described by the Eddas resembles the cycles of desiccation and flooding that scientists believe occurred in the Mediterranean Basin, which underwent several of these cycles several millions of years ago, the last one occurring circa 5.3 million years ago. The dry Mediterranean Basin, when it was reflooded by the Atlantic Ocean, is fittingly described as “sinking back into the sea and vanishing below the waves.” Likewise, when the sea became landlocked once more, it would have evaporated away, and an onlooker who was not well-versed in scientific terminology might have very well described the earth as having been “raised from the ocean”, rather than the landlocked sea having evaporated away, thus transforming what was previously seabed into dry land.

But since the last cycle of drying and reflooding that the Mediterranean underwent was supposedly 5.3 million years ago, no account thereof should have been preserved to mankind, unless ancient man’s knowledge of science was somehow advanced enough to conceive of this cyclical process without having witnessed it first-hand, an unlikely scenario at best. Therefore, if the cycle of creation and destruction that is so central to the Norse worldview really is referring to the cycle of drying and reflooding of a marginal basin, as I have suggested, this basin must be a different one than the Mediterranean.

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I think it was one of your previous articles here that sent me looking into this area and intriguing concept. That is when I found what appear to be Roads? Canals? leading both North and South from Cuba. Three heading towards the Southern shore of the U.S. and Florida from where the underwater Pyramids are supposed to be on the Western tip of Cuba, and two that head South from Eastern Cuba towards Central America. If these are what they look like, it could point towards Cuba as the “Hub” of this possible Civilization. Something else I noticed that would fit Plato’s description would be how the Bahama and the Caribbean Islands would actually form a “double ring” of land if the Sea level was lower. :) 

The rectangular plain that Plato describes in his dialogues, in my view, only refers to a specific portion of the Caribbean Basin - the Venezuelan Plain, and not its entire area. But regardless of what Plato says, I am in complete agreement with your idea that the Gulf of Mexico was also once a dry basin, and at the same time as the Caribbean was dry. I believe both basins were filled in and became seas at the same time. Plato hints at this when he says that the entire kingdom of Atlantis was divided amongst Atlas and his nine brothers and their respective descendants. I think the rectangular plain was the domain of Atlas whereas the Gulf of Mexico basin and the ther parts of the Caribbean (like the western Caribbean) were ruled by the descendants of his brothers who were the lesser kings.

I am planning on writing an article on this very subject on the near future.

Thanks for the comment!

This is also possible. Would be cool to find a screen shot someone might have taken of this before they “Doctored” it.

Atlantis is in the middle of the Atlantic West of the Straits of Gibralter right where Plato said it was and you could see the streets until the evil google maps colored in all the oceans so you cant see all the underwater ruins all over the earth. The cataclysms come from Planet X and it is about to rip the earth apart again.
The entire government are evil treasonous criminals! The day of the next false flag using the nuke the evil government stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be annihilated by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day globally for the past decade. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but by then 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government and their evil alien masters!

Been following your articles here Mr Yoon. I think you are right on the money about this area. If one was to suppose the measurements in Plato’s description of Atlantis may have been misunderstood or miscalculated from the original accounts, and the Gulf of Mexico was also included? This would more than fit the description of Atlantis with Cuba as being the “Center Island”. Sitting on a watercraft at sea level it very well would appear to be a large “ringed" inner sea if The Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Keys were included.

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