A Brief Point On “Barbarian” Labelling In Sanskrit

Earlier, I'd been discussing with associates the curious co-occurrence of Barbaros / Barbara in Sanskrit and Ancient Greek respectively. This lead to the following - presented here for a broader audience.  "as applies the linguistics, I think from memory that earliest attested occurrences in Ancient Greek are some centuries prior to earliest attested occurrences in … Continue reading A Brief Point On “Barbarian” Labelling In Sanskrit

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

Goddess Worship At Devi Kothi – An Expansion From William Simpson’s Painting And Journalistic Portrayal

Something I often find remarkable when looking at images and textual accounts of religious elements across the Indo-European sphere is just how … familiar they are when we actually gaze into them closely. This does not mean that they are all identically the same, of course - far from it! But it does tend to … Continue reading Goddess Worship At Devi Kothi – An Expansion From William Simpson’s Painting And Journalistic Portrayal

A Brief Point Upon Sacred Hospitality, The (Wandering) God-Guest, And Vratya

When we think of the concept of the Indo-European Sacred Hospitality, we understandably immediately conjure up the Greek custom of 'Xenia' - and Zeus and Hermes going in disguises to test same. What is less-known is that Athena, too, has a patronage-portfolio role over this area under her Aegis likewise - part of a persistent … Continue reading A Brief Point Upon Sacred Hospitality, The (Wandering) God-Guest, And Vratya

Sadly Mythtaken – On The Christian Apostles Confused For Greek Gods In The Bible

I find this kinda hilarious. The Apostles Paul & Barnabas in Lystra, Lycaonia [SW Anatolia]. What's going on is that Paul and Barnabas have turned up in the city, healed a man ... and the town has basically decided as a result of this miraculous occurrence that they're Zeus & Hermes come in human form … Continue reading Sadly Mythtaken – On The Christian Apostles Confused For Greek Gods In The Bible