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 ]

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

A Brief Thought On What The Recent Rounds Of DNA Testing Indicate

A thought about all these DNA/ancestry tests that've been popular for awhile now. Now, it's tempting to just write the whole thing off as being a faddish portal to popular-genetics in a manner that's almost as fast-and-loose as Astrology or the Myers-Briggs personality assessments. You've got these gene-clusters, that means you've likely got X in … Continue reading A Brief Thought On What The Recent Rounds Of DNA Testing Indicate

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

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]

“An Immortality Beyond Stone Endures Through Pious Minds Of Men” – A Reflection Upon Relics And Reverency

A fine rendering of a Shiva Murti, with an important message to convey. And yes, I do say that it is a 'fine rendering' regardless of the physical damage which has been wrought upon it in the image. Indeed, in much the same manner that it is rather difficult to perceive the constellation of Orion … Continue reading “An Immortality Beyond Stone Endures Through Pious Minds Of Men” – A Reflection Upon Relics And Reverency

A Lesser Son Of Greater ForeFathers – A Thought On The Last Night Of Pitru Paksha

"To be Indo-European, I think, means to be acutely conscious that one is the lesser son of Greater (Fore)Fathers." Tonight marks the end of Pitru Paksha - the Fortnight of the Ancestors; and that maxim, which I've been turning over in my head ever since it first ... turned up therein, seemed an appropriate thought … Continue reading A Lesser Son Of Greater ForeFathers – A Thought On The Last Night Of Pitru Paksha

Immortalizing, Through Pitru Paksha

"'Some people say you achieve immortality through your children,' said the minstrel. ‘Yeah?’ said Cohen. ‘Name one of your great-granddads, then.'" - Terry Pratchett Sunday marked the start of Pitru Paksha - the Fortnight of the Ancestors, wherein the borders between worlds are regarded as being thinner and more insubstantial than usual; and the Pitrs … Continue reading Immortalizing, Through Pitru Paksha

THE GUARDIANSHIP OF THE GOLD – The Heroic Tale of the Hiranya-Hoard of Tillya Tepe

Earlier this week, I posted a fine piece of jewelry, likely Scythian in origin, and featuring two dragons being clasped about the forelegs by a male figure garbed as an Indo-European #GangSteppe figure. It came from the so-called "Bactrian Gold" discovered at a set of tombs in northern Afghanistan by a team of Soviet archaeologists in 1978. … Continue reading THE GUARDIANSHIP OF THE GOLD – The Heroic Tale of the Hiranya-Hoard of Tillya Tepe

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