A Brief Point On Borrowing From Tolkien To Garb Contemporary Circumstance (No, Russia Isn’t Mordor)

While this is a rather nice-looking map … we are obligated to point out that it's totally inaccurate. Gondor is, per Tolkien's own notation, geographically centered on northern Italy (indeed, Minas Tirith, if memory serves, is directly situated proximate to Ravenna - the old capital of the Goths therein). This is logical. Tolkien, after all, … Continue reading A Brief Point On Borrowing From Tolkien To Garb Contemporary Circumstance (No, Russia Isn’t Mordor)

On The Nature Of Stories (viz. Myth and Mythic Resonance) – From Terry Pratchett

"Because stories are important.People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around. Stories exist independently of their players. If you know that, the knowledge is power. Stories, great flapping ribbons of shaped space-time, have been blowing and uncoiling around the universe since the beginning of time. And they have … Continue reading On The Nature Of Stories (viz. Myth and Mythic Resonance) – From Terry Pratchett

brief notes on ‘eternal return’ – in answer to questions from a reader [Arya Akasha Arka]

Continuing my series of posting answers to questions sent in by readers, which others may find of use: "There is one thing that I want to ask, though - what is the 'Eliadian Eternal Return' you speak of in so many places?" I have addressed this elsewhere at greater length and depth and detail, but … Continue reading brief notes on ‘eternal return’ – in answer to questions from a reader [Arya Akasha Arka]

The Return Of Myth To Raffles Girls’ School – A Spontaneous Singaporean Resurgence Of Athenian Piety … Opposed By School Authorities

This is .. well, it's a few things. One of which is infuriating. The statue above is from Raffles Girls School in Singapore. It is a pretty prestigious academic institution. Hence, in part, why it has a statue of Athena on school grounds. Now, perhaps understandably, some students at said school, during a high-stress exam … Continue reading The Return Of Myth To Raffles Girls’ School – A Spontaneous Singaporean Resurgence Of Athenian Piety … Opposed By School Authorities

RudraGanika – A Study In Eternal Return As Manifested Through The Sky Father’s Female Retinue Across The Indo-European World

[Author's Note: This work brings together several (my)themes close and dear to my heart. It had been intended to be published upon MahaShivRatri - the 1st of March in 2022 - however, Time waits for no man (other than Her Husband); and my continuing to find further elements which cried out to be included resulted … Continue reading RudraGanika – A Study In Eternal Return As Manifested Through The Sky Father’s Female Retinue Across The Indo-European World

On Indo-European ‘Glory Imperishable’ And Becoming The Myth

The brightest stars do tend to burn up upon re-entry. But oh how they shine on the way out ! ἀριστεία - Aristea - refers to 'Excellence',κλέος - Kleos - to 'Renown', 'Glory'. The result of said Excellence. Grand exemplars are to be found - of course - within the Iliad. We are literally still … Continue reading On Indo-European ‘Glory Imperishable’ And Becoming The Myth

Divine Play – The Unfurling Mythic Universe As Wargame And Drama In Nordic And Hindu Perception 

As we move toward the close of 2021, there's something I feel is relevant to share. It uses the Binding of Fenrir as a framing device, but has a far broader saliency. And far more personal relevance and application. I've had a rather … difficult - indeed, downright tempestuous, in some respects - last few … Continue reading Divine Play – The Unfurling Mythic Universe As Wargame And Drama In Nordic And Hindu Perception 

On “Literary Criticism” Of The Iliad Which Fundamentally Misses Its Point

See, that's the thing. Various characters of prominence in the Iliad are pretty heavily rooted in the living-mythology (living mythos, indeed) of the world around them. It isn't just some abstract set of stories - they can literally tell you which Gods they personally descend from (and often not all that far back in the … Continue reading On “Literary Criticism” Of The Iliad Which Fundamentally Misses Its Point

Reconsidering The Parentage Of The Striker/Thunderer In Light Of The Heavenly Pair – A Voyaging Exploration Back To The Archaic Original Situation As To The Motherhood Of Herakles And Others

Earlier this evening, I had cause to make mention of the phenomenon of 'back-filling' or 'retrospective' additions to the Indo-European mythic corpus. What I mean by this - is that in some situations, as a mythological canon expands we seem to find certain details 'shifting'; the gaps of space which are opened up via the … Continue reading Reconsidering The Parentage Of The Striker/Thunderer In Light Of The Heavenly Pair – A Voyaging Exploration Back To The Archaic Original Situation As To The Motherhood Of Herakles And Others

A Few Musings On Myth, Ritual, Reality, And Rsis

Yesterday, I happened across the following quote posted on twitter: "Cult expresses itself in two ways: myth and ritual. While myths are sacred stories about Gods and Goddesses, ritual is a symbolic act which expresses a mystic relationship between man and Deity."-Swami Bhajanananda This was being responded to by the modern-day Hindu sage Angiras, and … Continue reading A Few Musings On Myth, Ritual, Reality, And Rsis