Thursday, 22 September 2022

Anglo-Saxon DNA proves the INVASION IS REAL!

'The Anglo-Saxon migration and the formation of the early English gene pool' by Joscha Gretzinger and colleagues (2022) has answered some of the much debated and controversial questions concerning the Anglo-Saxon invasion of England which began in the 5th century AD. The study finds that as much as 75% of the ancestry of skeletons from England in the cemeteries from that time comes from Germanic migrants from Germany and Denmark. In this video I break down and summarise the findings.

 




Monday, 12 September 2022

Ship of the Sun or Ship of the Dead? Stone Ships


Stone ship settings or Skeppssättning are amongst the most remarkable Viking age monuments in Scandinavia, but what were they for? They were built over a period of 2000 years from the Nordic bronze age until the end of the Viking age, mainly in grave fields but they weren’t just associated with burials and cremations as they were also used for a kind of meeting called a ‘Thing’. This video explains how the stone ships may relate first to a Bronze age cult of the sun in Gotland, and later to a Viking belief that the dead would need a vehicle for a journey to and from the underworld. The stone ship settings included in this film are Tjelvars grave in Gotland, Anundshög in Västmanland, Åsa domaresäte in Södermanland, Ängakåsen and Ale’s stones in Scania and the Jelling stone ship in Denmark.


 


Art

Original works created for this video

Robert Molyneaux - CGI reconstruction of the Jelling stone ship in Denmark





Other art work used in the video

Christian Sloan Hall - Odin / First blood / Eastre dawn goddess
Roy Douglas - Vendel helmet cgi
Christopher Steininger - Ship to the otherworld animation
Stella Spente - Freyja in her chariot
Ryan Murray - Treudd ritual
Gemini Science - CGI ship burial
Graman - Sutton hoo burial
Eva Gjerde - Storhaug ship burial

Sources



MUSIC: 


The whole other - Ether oar 
Wolcensmen - Sunne (remix by Eternal Rik) 
Saichaika - Musica aeterna 
Halindir - Hedelandet II 
Bark sound productions - My 
Aaron Kenny - yonder hill and dale 
Patrick Patrikios - away 
Kevin MacLeod - Rites 
Stark von Oben - Praetorian Germanicus 
Stark von Oben - Winter Soulstice 
Ormgård - Séta 
Borg - Death of Winter 
Myling - Töcken 
Halindir - Hummocks in fog 
Rishi Shah - From Runes to Ruins 
Xurious - Steppe expansion

Friday, 29 July 2022

Indo-European and Ancient North Eurasian cosmology - The World Tree and Hell

Through comparative mythology we can reconstruct the earliest Indo-European beliefs about the cosmos and the afterlife as far as 6000 years back. but Indo-European religion has many features in common with Siberian and Native American religions. These three groups all share common ancestry from an ice-age population called Ancient North Eurasians, so we can even reconstruct cosmological beliefs of a Siberian people 20,000 years ago! This film helps you to understand the most ancient and fundamental pagan beliefs concerning death, the underworld and reincarnation.

 

ART






These four artists created original art for this video:

  • Hell hounds / Wolf art / Gaulish warrior / Yamnaya couple / Hel and her army by Christian Sloan Hall 
  • Sacrifice to the head in Hell / Yamnaya funeral by Graman  
  • Wading through Hell by Jack Jones
  • The World Tree in Hell by Pete Amachree (summer pudding)

The following artists also kindly contributed preexisting art for this video:

Additional Thanks


Readings contributed by voice actor D. W. Draffin of  'Study of Antiquity and the Middle Ages' on YouTube


Research information relating to *Kolyéh₂  from John of Crecganford on YouTube

Music

In order of use in the score

Tom May - Atlantis falling
Gvasdnahr - Through the Astral void 
Wolcensmen - Sunne (remix by Eternal Rik)
Saichaika - Musica Aeterna
Kevin MacLeod - Rites
Borg - The Dancing Forest
Chris Zabriskie - The_Theatrical_Poster_for_Poltergeist_III
Legionarii - Aristocracy
Andrew weis - scottish medieval
Kevin MacLeod - Enchanted journey
Bark sound productions - Forn
Bark sound productions - Eld
Rishi Shah - song IV - From Runes to Ruins
Borg - May queen enters the circle
Doug Maxwell - Bansure raga
Kevin MacLeod - Dhaka
Doug Maxwell - Arabian nightfall
JR Tundra - Shesh Pesh
Lorcán Mac Mathúna - Caoineadh Fherdia
Stewart Keller - flickers while the door creaks
Myling - Töcken
Xurious - Steppe expansion
Realization of a New Earth - I Think I Can Help You
Ormgård - Sjálfsforn
Chris Zabriskie - Virtues inherited
Altyn Tuu - Altai tuva mix
Mauerbrecher - Hunnic horde
Eagle song of the Hopi Indians

Sources

  • Ara, M. ‘Eschatology in the Indo-Iranian Traditions: The Genesis and Transformation’...
  • Anthony, David W.; Brown, Dorcas R. (2019). "Late Bronze Age midwinter dog sacrifices and warrior initiations at Krasnosamarskoe, Russia". In Olsen, Birgit A.; Olander, Thomas; Kristiansen, Kristian (eds.). Tracing the Indo-Europeans: New evidence from archaeology and historical linguistics. Oxbow Books. ISBN 978-1-78925-273-6. 
  • Berresford-Ellis, P. ‘The Ancient World of the Celts’ Constable 1998  
  • Dineley, M. 2014 ‘Beakers were for Beer! part one: ale, mead & residues’ 
  • Dodge, Erick. (2020). Orpheus, Odin, and the Indo-European Underworld: A Response to Bruce Lincoln's Article “Waters of Memory, Waters of Forgetfulness"”. 10.13140/RG.2.2.15131.90402.  
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  • Saga Book XVI, Viking Society for Northern Research, UCL 1962-65  
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Friday, 15 July 2022

PAGAN FUTURES - Talks, photos and Key points

Panel at pagan futures confernce

The playlist below contains the talks of Dr. Borja Vilallonga and myself, Tom Rowsell, as well as the live musical performances by Wolcensmen and the Q and A panel session with the three of us interacting with the audience.




borja vilallonga at pagan futures in london


Tom Rowsell at pagan futures

Wolcensmen performing at Pagan Futures



Several people have requested that I post the summary of the core assertions of pagan belief from the talk as text for people to refer to. To reiterate them simply; 
  • We revere nature as a path to the divine and therefore require access to sacred natural spaces 
  • We revere death as a path to the divine and therefore reject any ideology that seeks to escape death
  • We revere our bodies as a gift from the gods - which were created according to divine will and are therefore neither incomplete nor imperfect - but must be maintained and kept healthy and strong 
  • We believe that the diversity of mankind is a manifestation of divine will, not a problem to be overcome - and that to approach the divine we must follow the example of our own ancestors, revering the sacred spaces of our own ancestral homelands in order to become closer to the gods of our ancestors
  • We must therefore live in accordance with our own ancestral laws and customs
My talk "Pagan Tradition in a Globalized Future" is also available on Odysee and several podcasting websites.


Monday, 13 June 2022

HAIL DEATH! Why death is not to be feared

 

 This video is a little teaser regarding the topic of death in advance of my documentary about Indo-European beliefs concerning the afterlife and cosmology. It is also something for everyone to consider before attending the PAGAN FUTURES conference on the 25th June