a reply to: TheLaughingGod
there isn't a perfect correspondence.
Most of the written stuff on this goes through the very theoretical, and wrong, modern linguistic view which stipulates a theoretical Proto Indo
European language, as the root of all other languages.
This was done because the British wanted a way to dominate Indian culture.
Sanskrit, however, is actually far more complex and perfect than the invented Proto Indo European, for which there is no archeological evidence, by
Anyway, the Vanir seem to be closer to the Yaksas, although looks like a refined and positive class of Yaksas, and not the particularly powerful and
supreme kind. Nothing wrong with refined and positive, just pointing out.
The Aesir don't correlate directly with the Asuras, but they do to some degree. They are the gods in general in Norse Mythology, but I will have to
give you a quick rundown of how all this correlates with the esoteric structure of the human body in general.
And this will perhaps make a future version of the article, which will explore more cultures.
In the Asura-Deva relation, the Devas correspond to the right side of the body, which is wisdom, virtue and clairty, whereas the Asuras correspond to
the left side, which is energy and lifeforce and primal instincts. They have absolutely immense and unbounded power, and their lifeforce is naturally
endless, but they are brought down by their lack of wisdom and virtue.
If you google Ucchusma, or Mahabala, that is the supreme positive aspect of the Asuras, meaning the form of Vajrapani that manifests as the great
Combat Vajra that defeats all things. It's the endless war aspect, but mastered for the sake of protecting everything. Ucchusma means One Whose Fire
Becomes Manifest, and Mahabala means Great Strength, or Great Power.
Now, going to the Norse gods, the Nordic Tree of life has both up-down and left-right correspondences. I'm actually making a pause now to go check my
images to be sure of what I'm saying.
So, the human realm, just like in Buddhism, is in the heart center. The Vanir and the Elves are above the human level, at the top of the left and
right sides, while Asgard is right above the throat center, and below the crown, which is the Great Eagle.
Then, on the left of the Human Realm you have the Fire Giants, and this would probably correspond best to the Asuras, while the Frost Giants are right
side... believe it or not, in a way they stand for clarity... ice.
The Land of Dwarves is the lower right side, the place of deep karma, of process and machinery and concepts. Whereas the Land of Giants, Jotunheim, is
the base of the left side. So this is just giants, nonconceptual, just the base of something very big, which is the left side, which corresponds to
the earth element, so the Land of Giants actually has earthy colors, whereas the Land of Dwarves is black, like deep karma.
Overall, the Nordic gods do have a bit more of a penchant for war than the actual gods that would be on that level, about the throat center, which is
formless gods. Those gods aren't very warlike, generally. But at the same time, this could simply be a more Vajra vision. It's very hard to tell, and
I don't teach spiritual cultivation based on this - rather, I speak of these things in order to show that all cultures are building on the same basic
structure - the esoteric structure of the human body.
So all in all, the Norse Gods have more tendencies towards the belly region than pure reality does.