The Thiasos Of Dionysus – A Rudraganika Excerpt

A further excerpt from my recent ' RUDRAGANIKA ' (A)Arti-cle, looking at the female Retinue of the Indo-European Sky Father deific. This time, oriented toward the 'Thiasos' ( θίασος ) processional that accompanies Dionysus (and, entirely uncoincidentally, Poseidon). The full-length piece can be found here: https://aryaakasha.com/2022/03/08/rudraganika-a-study-in-eternal-return-as-manifested-through-the-sky-fathers-female-retinue-across-the-indo-european-world/ Art, as per usual, by HC - who has … Continue reading The Thiasos Of Dionysus – A Rudraganika Excerpt

Chandraghanta for Chaitra Navratri – Radiancy of the Foe-Destroying Splendorous Moon

The Third Night of #NavRatri is dedicated to Ma as Chandraghanta - which we might directly translate as 'Moon Bell', although this does not *quite* capture the true sense of the latter term's meaning.  Now a Ghanta, for us, is a bell. Particularly of the sort rung during religious purposes. The sense is not merely … Continue reading Chandraghanta for Chaitra Navratri – Radiancy of the Foe-Destroying Splendorous Moon

The Names Of The NavaDurgas In Accessible Translation For NavRatri

With NavRatri beginning tonight - here's an enumeration of the Nine NavaDurgas (One for each Night) … along with an attempt to make the theonyms more understandable via colour-coding. The colour of the part of the word in Sanskrit corresponds to the English word it's translated as. So, for instance, 'Shailaputri' has 'Shaila' (Mountain) in … Continue reading The Names Of The NavaDurgas In Accessible Translation For NavRatri

Ganesha Atop The Volcano Of Brahma in Indonesia [Incredible Indo-European Holy Sites Series Part VI]

For the Sixth Night of Ganesh Chaturthi - the theme of our devotional efforts on each of these nights has been that Ganesha Gets In Everywhere. So here's Ganesh, atop an active volcano in Indonesia where it has been and been in constant use for the past 700 years. The volcano in question is entitled … Continue reading Ganesha Atop The Volcano Of Brahma in Indonesia [Incredible Indo-European Holy Sites Series Part VI]

If Santa Is Derived From The Indo-European Sky Father , Then What About His Elves ..

Seemingly every other page talking about Indo-European or Germanic mythology this week: "ODIN IS / IS NOT / MIGHT BE / PROBABLY INFORMED SANTA CLAUS" Meanwhile, Us: "Yeah, but have you thought about the Elves, though?" As in … Santa's Elves. Of the North Pole. See, here's the thing. If Santa might be said to … Continue reading If Santa Is Derived From The Indo-European Sky Father , Then What About His Elves ..

Aum Gananam Tva Ganapatim…

Ganesh Chaturthi began yesterday, and as one should properly expect, this has been accompanied by a considerable escalation in expressions of piety towards the deity in question. Frequently, these have included a particular and rather prominent verse of Sanskrit, drawn from the RigVeda, and attributed as a prayer to Him: गणानां तवा गणपतिं हवामहे कविं … Continue reading Aum Gananam Tva Ganapatim…