Each year we hear claims that the world is coming to an end from numerous sources. These claims are mostly sparked by events that occur throughout the world. Lately, we heard of a super-typhoon in the Philippines, children having babies, UFO sightings, large fish washing up on California shores, and the list goes on. When these supernatural occurrences happen, they’re almost always followed by predictions that the world in coming to an end.
The latest claim comes from the Jorvik Viking Centre in York which signaled the end is near by blowing an ancient horn, known as the Gjallerhorn. Norse mythology suggests that the sounding of the ancient horn would signal 100 days before the end of the world. Norse mythology experts have estimated that the end will come on February 22, 2014. On this day, the god Odin will be killed and there will be huge earthquakes and the sea will rise up and poison is expected to stain the soil and sky.
Signs signaling the end according the Norse folklore include brother fighting against brother, a loss of morality and boundaries that exist crumbling. The presence of the internet is suspected to have contributed to boundaries crumbling, allowing people to communicate worldwide.
Another part of the Viking legend speaks of the large Midguard Serpent freeing itself of its tail and rising out of the sea. The two huge oarfish that showed up on the California beaches recently bear a similarity to this prediction. Scientist believe that they surfaced because they were ‘in distress’.
The Jorvik Viking Centre predicted that Ragnarok or apocalypse would occur on February 22 because this is the end of the feast of Jolablot. While this is not a scientific conclusion, they claim that Vikings loved to feast and wouldn’t want to miss this event. For this reason, they make the argument that the Vikings would believe the world would end in 100 days.
Many world ending prophecies have come and gone over the years. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what will happens with one. Overall, it looks like an interesting way to market and event. At any rate, all this talk makes one want to live each day like it’s your last.
Daphne R is an experienced marketing and communications professional that provides social commentary, self-help, tips, and reports news of events that matter to African Americans.