On Proto-Indo-European Agriculture – A Brief Excerpt

Running this as an excerpt [it's from my latest long-form (A)Arti-cle], because I think that this is quite important: "The supposition that this may, therefore, preserve an archaic PIE traditional understanding is likely to run into the immediate objection that so far as we know the Proto-Indo-Europeans were not large-scale plantation farmers. Which is often … Continue reading On Proto-Indo-European Agriculture – A Brief Excerpt

On Triptolemus And Demeter, Soma And The Sacral Rites Of Life And Land

A foundational principle of Indo-European ritual is succinctly expressed in the Latin maxim - 'Do Ut Des' : "I Give So That You Might Give". The Tale of Triptolemus might be thought to similarly simply express the truth of this utterance - although upon closer examination, its resonancies are anything but "simple", especially when considered in … Continue reading On Triptolemus And Demeter, Soma And The Sacral Rites Of Life And Land

Demeter – An Indo-European Sky Mother Goddess ?

The conventional wisdom is that Demeter is an Earth Mother deific - as attested via both the mythology and also, speculatively, via the linguistics. Now, my contention is that this is not 'inaccurate' per se - just 'incomplete'; and potentially the result of the linguistic analysis only seeing what previous generations of academics thought they … Continue reading Demeter – An Indo-European Sky Mother Goddess ?