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The Norse World In Beowulf many beliefs had to do with Norse mythology from the way they buried their dead to their thoughts on war and violence In Norse mythology a persons honor depends on the way they die a hero proves himself by dying while fighting the forces of evil not by conquering it Hamilton 444 Beowulf becomes a hero by dying while fighting the dragon In most religions Mythology is used to explain the world in which a person lives For the Anglo-Saxons the world was filled with war and violence Norse mythology explains the world and justifies the kind of people that they are The gods and goddesses live in a hostile environment filled with war and violence As Yves Cohat said Viking gods Norse Gods like the individuals who created them were violent ardent and passionate They displayed the qualities the Vikings valued in themselves-brutality anger lust humor strength and guile Cohat 105 Inevitably the whole religion as well as the people who practiced it are doomed to destruction The gods were created by their worshipers and were therefore very much like the Norsemen The gods and humans had very close relations and were even thought of as companions Cohat 10 No one had complete control over the other If a god did not perform to a worshipers expectation then the human would not hold back but turn away from the god abuse him or even kill the priest involved This made the gods even more like the humans they had to worry about pleasing the people who worshiped them and what might happen if they did not perform to expectation In the Norse pantheon Odin is the god of war and knowledge He is the head god and leader of everyone He is the wisest of all the gods httpwwwanglo-saxon On each shoulder sat a raven one named Thought Hugin and the other Memory Munin All day they
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