The Ganesha Of Kabul – And His Custodian Guard [ Arte-Facts #14 ]

In our field, we are so often delving into impressive legends of long ago - myths about men who once lived and wrought deeds so mighty that they seem frankly 'incredible' (in the old sense of the term) today. And that can leave one quite jaded about the modern era for reasons that ought be … Continue reading The Ganesha Of Kabul – And His Custodian Guard [ Arte-Facts #14 ]

Khan’s Maryannu Invocation

For context, this man is a prominent geneticist frequently commenting on matters pertaining to our field. The 'Maryannu' he references here are a rather intriguing group spoken of in the ancient Near East, that appear to have constituted chariot-borne warriors. Indo-European chariot-borne warriors, based around the speculated etymological link of "Maryannu" to Sanskrit मर्य ['Marya'] … Continue reading Khan’s Maryannu Invocation

The Sword Of The King – On Bhavani And The Famed Bhavani Tulwar Of ShivaJi

[Author's Note: I wrote this some four years ago yesterday. So, as ever, our understandings have grown and evolved in certain areas … including the rather intriguing potential that the Excalibur myth of Britain, wherein a certain female figure associated with The Waters bestows an empowered sword to a leader in order to unify things … Continue reading The Sword Of The King – On Bhavani And The Famed Bhavani Tulwar Of ShivaJi

The Past Is A Battlefield – Fought Over By The Armies Of Modernity

Some of the comments from my latest article. Which I find interesting - because it suggests that some people who'd self-identify more toward a "hard conservative" view … think we're being, and I quote "feminist […] revisionists"; whereas some people who would appear to identify more toward the "hard progressive" end of things think we're … Continue reading The Past Is A Battlefield – Fought Over By The Armies Of Modernity

On The Current Colonial Consternation Contra Classical Studies

And so we come to it again. The periodic turning of the wheel wherein some academic-with-an-agenda decides that Classical Studies Must Go. It's happened before, it shall no doubt happen again in due time. But what interests me is the reasoning being advanced this time around. You see, the 'problem' for Classics is its perceived … Continue reading On The Current Colonial Consternation Contra Classical Studies

Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose – Parakram Divas

The 23rd of January marks the birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose - one of the greatest (if these days, sadly unremembered by some) leaders of the Indian Independence movement. A Bengali by birth, Bose rose to prominence as a firebrand young leader of the Indian National Congress's more radical factions (and, earlier, served as … Continue reading Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose – Parakram Divas

Quenching Cyrus’ Blood-Thirst – The Tale Of Tomyris Of The Massagetae , A #GangSteppe Exegesis

'The Queen Tomyris with Cyrus II' - Art by Mossacannibalis This Is #GangSteppe I had been meaning to write of this occurrence for some time - as it's quite a resonant one for various elements of our work, in perhaps unexpected ways. Depicted is, as some of you could probably have guessed, the Massagetae Queen … Continue reading Quenching Cyrus’ Blood-Thirst – The Tale Of Tomyris Of The Massagetae , A #GangSteppe Exegesis

The War-Shrine Of Tanot Mata [Incredible Indo-European Holy Sites Series Part III]

One of my criteria for judging whether a culture is spiritually healthy, is how it treats its religion. Is it something that is actively integrated? Into the culture, into the state, into daily life? Or is it merely something that is wheeled out in the manner of Easter in much of the West - a symbol, … Continue reading The War-Shrine Of Tanot Mata [Incredible Indo-European Holy Sites Series Part III]

On The Potential Unintended Consequences Of Rome Inviting Home Foreign Gods – The Siege Of Jerusalem Example

Something I was … rather surprised to learn in the course of researching a previous article, is that during the Siege of Jerusalem, the Roman general Titus appears to have potentially performed a variation of the 'Evocatio' rite - the formalized Roman custom of endeavouring to entice the God or Gods that were patrons of … Continue reading On The Potential Unintended Consequences Of Rome Inviting Home Foreign Gods – The Siege Of Jerusalem Example

On The Wind-Walk Of Aristeas Of Proconnesus As Mythic-Metaphoric-Metempsychotic Journey

[Author's Note: This piece, examining the legendary journey of Aristeas of Proconnesus across Scythia, is an extract from my earlier "The Gryphon – Indo-European Guardian of the Golden Realm". I felt that it was of sufficient import and general interest to publish separately as well - and may further expand the concepts it touches upon … Continue reading On The Wind-Walk Of Aristeas Of Proconnesus As Mythic-Metaphoric-Metempsychotic Journey