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.



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


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


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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.