the dictionary of norse mythology


AUDHUMLA The first cow, formed at the cre-ation of the world. Audhumla appeared at the same time as ymir, the first giant, and fed him with her milk. She herself derived nourishment by licking the salty stones around ginnungagap, the primeval abyss. As she licked, she uncovered a handsome, man-like creature from the ice. He was buri, the first ancestor of the gods.In many mythologies the cow is a symbol of the Great Mother and of creation. Audhumla appears in the prose edda and in the poetic edda.

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