After extensive research and analyzing numerous photos/illustrations of the Yggdrasil, I and my groupmates, Katrina Duong and Breanna Thomson, created an edible adaptation of what we thought the Yggdrasil and nine Norse realms would not only look like, but also taste like. We attempted to fill the cakes with a flavor that best represented whom the realm was home to while also choosing flavors that symbolized what each realm was all about. Then, we decorated the realms to correspond what information was available on each realm. I was responsible for the realms of Asgard, Alfheim, and Muspelheim. Kat was responsible for the realms of Midgard, Jotunheim, Nidavellir, and Breanna was responsible for the realms of Vanaheim, Svartalheim and Hel (along with Niflheim). Our creative project is a representation and argumentation that mythology, especially Norse mythology, is an adaptation and an interpretation. The Prose Edda, in which most of my information came from, is Snorri Sturluson’s adaptation of Norse mythology. He was a Christian and was biased toward Christianity, which is evident in his account of Norse myth.
The first realm that I researched and analyzed is Asgard. This realm is where the Aesir live and where Valhalla is located (Sturluson, 10, 46). The fallen warriors who go to spend their days in Valhalla drink mead, which is a honey wine (Sturluson, 48). This is where my inspiration for the filling came in. I filled this cake with a honey creme filling to represent Valhalla. However, honey has other symbolic meanings that I found quite interesting upon further research. One of the most common things that honey represents is spirituality which seems like a ...
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... the center of our project with the realms encircling it. The Yggdrasil cake is filled with a strawberry filling because in our research, we found that the Norse people really enjoyed strawberries (Yevlacknovych). Then the outside is decorated to look like an ash tree. Since I used different elements of different images along with the physical, written description and symbolic elements, the creative element of my (and my groupmates) project is an artistic interpretation and modern day adaptation of the worlds of Norse mythology. The cakes individually and collectively argue that myth (in general) is an adaptation and interpretation of the world by the people of a culture. The cakes are a recreation of one of the most important elements of Norse mythology. Katarina and Breanna will continue the discussion on the remaining realms in their own critical analysis.
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