Essay 2 - Albert Ho February 18th 2004 GERST 103 Viking...

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Albert Ho February 18 th , 2004 GERST 103 – Viking Madness Essay #2 Mafia Elements in the Norse Pantheon The world of the mafia is filled with images of stereotypical shady dealings, card playing, drive-by shootings, and materialism defined by Hollywood movies over the years. The mafia’s occupation in the realm of organized crime entails three major aspects: dealings in goods and services, laying down the competitors, and enacting violent revenge for deals gone wrong or the murder of family members. Similar to the mafia with respect to the method by which it operates, the Norse pantheon runs a lot like the stereotypical mafia crime syndicate does, although the two differ greatly in their values and desires. Traditional mafia behavior is carried out by the Norse gods throughout Snorri’s Edda and the Elder Edda . The gods’ occasional dealings with giants and other creatures along with their tales of murder and revenge create a convincing argument that the Norse pantheon is a unique type of mafia operating in the long-lost pagan world. First consider the role of the characters in Norse mythology in relation to the mafia. Odin, the “All-father” as he is otherwise called, is the head of the syndicate who has power over the business. Reflecting this image, the mafia is usually run by a head elder, and in some accounts this head is known as the “Godfather.” Odin is knowledgeable and wise from his deal with Mimir and obtains his position through bloodshed by killing Ymir, the giant from which he is conceived. Recall that in the 1983 movie Scarface , which tells the story of an ordinary man’s rise to the top of the organized 1
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crime world, Tony Montana obtains his mafia boss position by cornering and killing his own boss Frank Lopez. The Aesir, better known in this argument as Odin’s syndicate, consists of members of Odin’s family. His immediate blood kin, Thor and Baldr to name a few, are the most revered gods among the Aesir. The Aesir run almost exactly like a close-knit
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