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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mani - The Norse God of the Moon

Thursday, July 16, 2009
Mani the son of Mundilfari and Glau, he was tasked with driving the chariot of the moon across the sky every night chased by Hati the wolf. His sister Sol was tasked with driving the chariot of the sun.

There is a reference to a myth that I found that talks about Bil and her brother Hjuki who because of their mischievosness have been tasked with putting spots on the moon and rolling it around. But it seems to contradict the theory that Mani was the chariot driver of the moon.

According to waylandermyth.com;

In Norse myth, there was once a giant named Mundilfari who was married to Glaur. Their children were so beautiful that he named his son Mani (Moon) and his daughter Sol (Sun). The gods were angered at such daring. They took both children and placed them in the sky to guide the chariots of the sun and the moon - the celestial bodies created by the gods from the sparks from Muspell.

So Mani pulled the moon through the sky every night until Ragnarok, pursued by the wolf Hati, who at Ragnarok finally caught him and consumed him.

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