The Acropolis at Athens - Leo von Klenze, 1846. Note the very, very large Athena statue in pride of place upon the Acropolis. This is Athena Promachos (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος) - Athena Who-Fights-In-The-Front-Line. The meaning of the epithet is reasonably direct - the 'foremost fighter', the warrior at (and as) the proverbial 'tip of the spear'. … Continue reading Athena Promachos – Immortal Sentinel of the City
It is Tuesday - Hanuman's Day. And therefore … This is the Hanuman of my Household Shrine. And as you'll immediately note, it's a bit of a different style to the other deific representations. Both because of its style, as well as its form. For you see - it is a Balinese shadow-puppet. One that … Continue reading The Hanuman Of My Home Shrine
'Dost thou know how to ask, dost thou know how to offer,dost thou know how to send, dost thou know how to spend?"- Havamal, verse 143 Something we have often been asked for is a simple 'how-to' for regular devotional offerings / observances. There are certainly a few of these out there for various Indo-European … Continue reading Indo-European Worship Of The God As Guest – A Ritual Primer Overview
It is TUESDAY - The Day of Ares, the Day of Mars. And therefore … a most interesting tale in relation to Lord Skanda (Subramanya). Throughout much of the 1600s, the Dutch and Portuguese fought a protracted war over possession of various far-flung colonial possessions across the known world. One of these theaters of operations … Continue reading The Returning Skanda Subramaniam Murti Of Tiruchendur [Incredible Indo-European Holy Sites Series Part VII]
It has been said that faith is not telling a God the size of your problems - but, rather, telling your problems the size of the God. Apt wisdom for a Tuesday. Where we honour Hanuman, depicted in the photograph. And before somebody asks - no, no that is not He there on the right … Continue reading Telling Your Problem The (Siddhi-Shifting) Size Of Your God – Bajrang Bali Ki Jaye !
It is Wednesday - Woden's Day … and therefore, a suitably impressive Shaivite Temple ! Now, this is from Prambanan in Indonesia - a place we today think of as the world's largest Muslim-majority country. And yet, 1200 years ago when this impressive site was being constructed, it was quite different; the polity in question … Continue reading Reincarnation Amidst The Ruins – The Still-Living Shaivite Saliency At Prambanan, An Eastern Bastion Of The Hindu Faith [Incredible Indo-European Holy Sites Series Part IV]
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
Consider the figure of Ajax the Lesser. Specifically in the context of his actions during and after the Sack of Troy. Here, we see a number of accounts attesting that Ajax (the Lesser) had sought booty of war by pillaging even into the Temple of Athena - grabbing hold of Cassandra, who had been taking … Continue reading OF BHAIRAVA AND BALANCE – Vedic, Eddic, and Homeric perspectives on Lore and Order [Part 3A]: Ajax the Lesser and Athena’s Right Arm Of Vengeance