En 02b Primal History
2b. Our Primal History
[006/12] This is our primal history:
Wralda, who alone is whole and eternal, created the potential. Then came time, and time wrought all things; even the very Earth herself. Earth bore all grasses, herbs, and trees; all cherished creatures and all dreaded creatures. All that is good and dear, she brought forth by day, and all that is evil and fearsome brought she forth by night. After the twelfth Yulefeast, she bore three girls: Lyda was of glowing hot, Finda of hot, and Frya of warm substance.
As they lay naked, Wralda fed them with his breath so that mankind would be bound to him. When they matured, they became fruitful and found pleasure in their dreams. Wralda’s 'od' entered into them, and so each bore twelve sons and twelve daughters; twins each Yuletide. Of these, all mankind has come.
This is our earliest history.
Wr-alda, who alone is eternal and good, made the beginning. Then commenced time. Time wrought all things, even the earth. The earth bore grass, herbs, and trees, all useful and all noxious animals. All that is good and useful she brought forth by day, and all that is bad and injurious by night.
After the twelfth Juulfeest she brought forth three maidens:—
Lyda out of fierce heat.
Finda out of strong heat.
Frya out of moderate heat.
When the last came into existence, Wr-alda breathed his spirit upon her in order that men might be bound to him. As soon as they were full grown they took pleasure and delight in the visions of Wr-alda.
Hatred found its way among them.
They each bore twelve sons and twelve daughters—at every Juul-time a couple. Thence come all mankind.
- ↑ ‘whole’ (GOD) — or: God; three sentences further, the word is used meaning: ‘good’, but that would not be right here.
- ↑ As the sisters can thus be considered daughters of Earth (matter) and Wralda (spirit), a relation would make sense in Frya’s case to the Titaness mother of the gods Rheia from several sources of Greek mythology, daughter of Gaea and Ouranos. Rheia was married to Kronos, who can be related to the Bearer (KRODER), who was the Fryas personification of time. A good online source for further study is www.theoi.com.
- ↑ ‘became fruitful and found pleasure’ (KRÉION [...] FRÜCHDA ÀND NOCHTA) — or: ‘dreamt of fruits and nuts‘.
- ↑ ‘od’ (OD) — apparently a term related to fertilization; possibly related to Middle-Dutch ‘(h)o(e)den’ testicle; and ‘odevare’ stork, associated with delivery of babies. Also, the Old Greek word ὠδις (ódis) can mean birth. Luther’s Bible used ‘Odem’ for God’s life-giving breath, but Wralda had already ‘fed’ Earth’s daughters with his breath (ÁDAMA) when they were born. In Prose Edda and Heimskringla by Snorri Sturluson, Óðr is mentioned as Freyja’s husband and father of two daughters. Ottema misplaced the period and chose to relate OD to Latin ‘odium’: hatred; a mistake already pointed out in 1871 by Cornelis over de Linden who suggested to rather relate it to fertilization.
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