[Author's Note: I am a great proponent of 'mytholinguistics' - the notion that we can make important and useful addeucements as to the effective mythic essence of an element by looking at its etymological roots and likely even further archaic depth of meaning. And, as part of this, the application of remarkably consistent patterns of … Continue reading On The Etymology of Marut – A Mytholinguistic Illumination As To The Indo-European ‘Storm Troops’ Of The Skies
Often it seems that the interpretation and the 'accepted wisdom' on various more archaic Indo-European mythic figures is effectively an exercise in agenda-pushing and confirmation bias. One deific seemingly singled out for far more than His fair share of such torturous misperception is, of course, Lord Indra. Otherwise known as the Vedic facing of the Indo-European … Continue reading On the Indo-European Etymology of Indra
Following on from our earlier piece looking at 'Barbarian' in Vedic understanding - here are several further examples .. along with broader Indo-European comparanda contextualizing each. Two of these were furnished by the same associate [A.P.] whom I had been discussing with in the excerpt posted earlier. I have not independently tracked them down in … Continue reading ‘Nomads’, ‘Murmurers’, & ‘Death-Seekers At the Border’ – Three Further Perspectives On Barbarians Drawn Into The Broader Indo-European Sphere
For context, this man is a prominent geneticist frequently commenting on matters pertaining to our field. The 'Maryannu' he references here are a rather intriguing group spoken of in the ancient Near East, that appear to have constituted chariot-borne warriors. Indo-European chariot-borne warriors, based around the speculated etymological link of "Maryannu" to Sanskrit मर्य ['Marya'] … Continue reading Khan’s Maryannu Invocation
Something I have just been thinking about is the etymology of 'Guru'. From PIE 'Gwrehus' ['Heavy'], same place as Latin 'Gravis', English 'Gravitas' [or 'Grave' in the sense of serious] Effectively, therefore, "One Whose Words Have Weight" Although it should also be noted that 'Guru' has a general sense in Sanskrit to refer not only … Continue reading The Heavy Illumination Of Etymology And Folk Etymology Comparatively Considered
It is always nice to be vindicated ! A little over a year ago, I published a piece ["Swear By The Sea, Swear By The Stars, Swear By The Sky"] which set out Parjanya as a Face of the Sky Father responsible for Rain and the nurturing of life upon this world of ours through … Continue reading Proof For Parjanya – The Sky Father Roars Through Scriptural Force!
Something I've been meaning to remark upon for awhile, is this rather amusing irony when it comes to the Centum-Satem divide in Indo-European linguistics. Now, for those unaware, you can classify most Indo-European languages into one of two categories - "Centum" languages, wherein an array of "K-" [and some "G-"] sounds and particles in Proto-Indo-European … Continue reading On The Subtle Satemization Of Centum In Modern English
One of the most iconic creatures from Greek mythology must surely be the Cyclopes. Best known from Odysseus' encounter with Polyphemus during the course of the Odyssey, the Cyclopes is one of those classic mythic tropes - the big, brutish monster who must be defeated via cunning and guile lest he devour the hero and … Continue reading The Cyclopes And The Ribhus Elves – Solar Smiths of the Sky Father