Indo-European Mythology 1, Requirement 8e
Discuss how the following seven elements of ADF's cosmology are (or are not) reflected in the myths of two different Indo-European cultures. For this question, please use the same two cultures as a basis of comparison for the entire question. (minimum 100 words each)
In Vedism, Agni is fire. He is, most importantly, the sacrificial fire who devours the sacrifices given to the gods, and his flames shoot into the sky. Agni comes from the heavens and is the key to them. He frequents the abodes of men and the abodes of gods.
(MacDonnell, 88-100) In Celtic lore, too, we find the burning of offerings and
possessions at death, as Caesar mentions that chiefs are accorded this
particular honour. (Ellis, 137-138) There are also the customs of fire jumping
and driving cattle through fires for purification, as well as the custom of
fire walking appears to have also been practiced. (Ellis, 136) Fire is of
vital importance in ADF rites, and usually seen as a gate to the upperworld
and a receiver of sacrifice.
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