Norse God Týr
The Norse god Týr (or Tíw in Old English) is where we get the English name for, what is for most people in the Western world, the second working day of the week, Tuesday; literally “Tíw’s Day.”
The Romans equated him with their god of war, Mars—which is why that day is called “Martes” in Spanish—but Týr was also the primary god of law and justice.
In Norse mythology, Týr places his arm in the giant wolf Fenrir’s mouth as a pledge of trust to be released as the other gods bind him with Gleipnir, the unbreakable binding. When the gods refuse to let Fenrir go, he closes his jaws and bites off Týr’s arm.
Sacrificing your arm is a big deal, even to catch a monster wolf.
We’re not asking you to do that.
The most we will ask you to sacrifice this Giving “Tíw’s Day” is a little time to think about the millions of animals in East and Southeast Asia, and indeed around the world, who suffer abuse, neglect, and abandonment through no fault of their own. Their only crime is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But, if you could also spare a little cash to help those animals, that would be great, too.
A Giving Tuesday donation to World Animal Rescue Fund will go towards an emergency fund to help animal rescue organizations in times of crisis.
Feature image by Gunnar Creutz, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons