Towards An Indo-European Theory Of Demonology – Chaos, Devourers, Outsiders, Messengers and Monsters

Something I have long meant to pen is a sort of explanatory typology for 'Demons' in Indo-European understanding. There's almost certainly an entire book which could be written upon the subject - and it is undeniably significantly intriguing. After all, many a great and epic myth requires a suitably monstrous foe in order for the Hero … Continue reading Towards An Indo-European Theory Of Demonology – Chaos, Devourers, Outsiders, Messengers and Monsters

On Indo-European Divine Inspiration – And The Zoroastrian Persecutory Suppression Of Same

Frequently when the subject of the Zoroastrian inversion of Indo-European religious belief is brought up, people presume that it is 'just' some form of linguistic confusion - a 'reversal of polarity' afflicting only an incredibly limited array of things. 'Deva' ['Deus', '-Tyr', etc. - 'God', 'Shining One'] becoming 'Daeva' ['Demon'], for example; and if they … Continue reading On Indo-European Divine Inspiration – And The Zoroastrian Persecutory Suppression Of Same

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

The Black Avenging Form Of The Serpentine Earth Mother

[An extract from 'The Queen of Serpents - The Serpentine Figure Of The Indo-European Earth Mother', looking at the prominent association of the Dark Avenging form of the Earth Mother deific with both Serpents, and the upholding of Divine Law and morality. Particular exemplar instances parsed include the Nordic Skadi's snake-delivered sanctioning of Loki, the … Continue reading The Black Avenging Form Of The Serpentine Earth Mother

An Odinic Post On An Odinic Post – A ShivLing

It is Wednesday - Therefore Odinic Art Posting And I mean that quite literally! For you see, in addition to the obvious co-identification of Odin with Shiva that we have capaciously illustrated elsewhere … the ShivLing is strongly coterminous with the Irminsul. This is, therefore, an Odinic Post about an Odinic Post. Now, in terms … Continue reading An Odinic Post On An Odinic Post – A ShivLing

The Indo-European Cosmology – A Brief Guided Tour : Part One – Ritual Space And The Radiating Law

Two areas I have long intended to direct more effort towards extolling - are Indo-European Cosmology and Ritual. Both are fascinating, and as it happens, quite fundamentally coterminous much of the time. However, they're also both huge - and so instead of a series of five-to-fifty-thousand wor(l)d plus megaliths, I thought I'd try something a … Continue reading The Indo-European Cosmology – A Brief Guided Tour : Part One – Ritual Space And The Radiating Law

Aesir-Vanir, Asura-Deva, but also A’Sura, Daeva

There's a few comparative mythographic ideas out there that are simple, intuitive, comfortable, persistent ... and downright wrong. One of these is the thorny thicket of presumptions which have grown up around three not-unrelated sets of terminology from the Vedic, Eddic, and Zoroastrian corpuses. The core of which is basically that as there was an Aesir-Vanir … Continue reading Aesir-Vanir, Asura-Deva, but also A’Sura, Daeva