Lascaux cave art

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mimir as Adolf Hitler: Odin Mimir Befragend (1905)

Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? Strangely there are instances where the artist can tap into the world of the numinous and become almost a prophet. I have already drawn my readers' attention to the 1889 painting of Die Wilde Jagd by Franz Ritter von Stuck which features Wotan with the face of Adolf Hitler. 1889 was also the year of Hitler's birth.

Recently I encountered another painting, this time by the wonderful artist Emil Doepler (1855-1922), entitled Odin Mimir Befragend (Odin Questioning Mimir) from 1905, when Hitler was an unknown 16 year old. Mimir's face bears a striking resemblance to that of an older Adolf Hitler! This painting is significant as my readers will be aware that I along with many others regard Adolf Hitler as an Avatar, a bodily incarnation of the German God Wotan. Wotan, or Odin if you prefer consulted with a much older deity Mimir who was regarded by Snorri Sturluson as one of the Aesir (Ynglinga Saga).

"Mit ihm sandten die Asen Mimir, einen sehr weisen Mann." (Grimnir Harbardson's translation)
WOTANS KRIEGER'S TRANSLATION: "With him the Aesir sent Mimir, a very wise man."
The context certainly does imply that Mimir was counted amongst the Aesir along with His companion Hoenir. How interesting that in Doepler's painting we have Wotan/Odin consulting with Mimir/Hitler for advice. According to Rudolf Simek Mimir means 'the rememberer, the wise one' (Dictionary of Northern Mythology). It may very well be that Hitler was an incarnation of the deepest memory of the Germanic peoples. In other words Hitler as Mimir represents the Collective Unconscious (to use a Jungian term) or the Blood Memory of the Germanic peoples. For those of you who are familiar with the wonderful film by Leni Riefenstahl Triumph des Willens (1935) Deputy Führer (and Aryan martyr) Rudolf  Hess spoke these words when introducing Hitler to the adoring crowds at Nürnberg (mountain of the Norns):

"Die Partei ist Hitler!
Hitler aber ist Deutschland
wie Deutschland Hitler ist!"
"The party is Hitler! Hitler however is Germany as Germany is Hitler" (WOTANS KRIEGER'S TRANSLATION)

Hitler truly was an exceedingly ancient and wise soul, the very embodiment of his people.

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