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

On The Restoration Of The Position Of Women To That Of Archaic Indo-European Society

I find this image - and what it represents - rather intriguing. Because what we are presented with here is an instance of a Past challenging a Present. And it is something with quite archaic Indo-European mytho-cultural resonancy. What do I mean by this? Well, first, here's a brief description of what's going on in … Continue reading On The Restoration Of The Position Of Women To That Of Archaic Indo-European Society

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

On The ‘Culture-Jamming’ Suppression Of Heritage Through Spurious Association-Allegations And Other Subversive Intents

Over the years, I have made an observational study of "culture-jamming". It's a remarkably effective strategy - whereby, if you are seeking to destroy something … a concept, a culture, a way of viewing the world … you don't just go around directly suppressing things. After all - the Streisand Effect being a thing, this … Continue reading On The ‘Culture-Jamming’ Suppression Of Heritage Through Spurious Association-Allegations And Other Subversive Intents

Votive Plate of Cybele, Great Goddess, Mountain Mother – Arte-Facts #5

This Is #GangSteppe - and also, fine Devi-otional (A)Art(I) for Friday ! Depicted is Goddess Cybele on an offering-plate, from 3rd century B.C. Ai-Khanoum, amidst the ruins of the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom. Now, I find this artefact fascinating for quite a number of reasons. Not simply because of the various iconographic features upon it which come … Continue reading Votive Plate of Cybele, Great Goddess, Mountain Mother – Arte-Facts #5

The “Buddhist” Coin Of Tilya Tepe – Arte-Facts #3

I've had this coin in my head for awhile now - and it seemed rather appropriate to post for a Wednesday. It's another of the artefacts from the justifiably famed Tilya Tepe burial-site in northern Afghanistan; a roughly two millennia old set of seven graves that are likely of Scythian origin, rediscovered in 1978. But … Continue reading The “Buddhist” Coin Of Tilya Tepe – Arte-Facts #3

Skanda in Kushan [Afghani Arte-Facts Posting #2]

This Is #GangSteppe - a fine 2nd century AD Kushan depiction of Lord Skanda, from Gandhara in present-day Afghanistan/Pakistan. Something I find pretty cool about this particular rendering, is that the well-known Hindu deity has been presented in a manner that doesn't simply 'update' the features of the representation to be more in-line with Kushan mores and … Continue reading Skanda in Kushan [Afghani Arte-Facts Posting #2]

Return To The Future Through Your Heritage, Your Past – Always, Always Back To The Well

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origins and culture is like a tree without roots." - Marcus Garvey Also, while it is not ... *quite* of identical sentiment to the above, from Njal's Saga: "Ber er hver að baki nema sér bróður eigi." - "Bare is the Back of the Brotherless Man". … Continue reading Return To The Future Through Your Heritage, Your Past – Always, Always Back To The Well