ADONIS: The deified toy boy…

Stefanos Skarmintzos

Dying Adonis by Vincenzo di Raffaello de‘ Rossi. Photo Yiorgos Nimkiteas

The cult of Adonis seems to have been imported in Greece from Cyprus and even there it was not a native one. The island had received strong influences from its Middle Eastern neighbors, especially the Syro- Canaanites who were commercial partners but it had also been subjected to the power of the Assyrians during the 8th century BC. It also had a number of Phoenician settlements whose population seemed not to have been hellenized until the 3rd century BC. There is no wonder that the middle-eastern religions influenced the Cypriots who in their turn influenced the people of mainland Greece. The name Adonis is believed to be from the shemitic root “adon” meaning “lord” Adonis himself is being identified with the Babylonian god Tammuz It also appears that the cult of Adonis seem to have spread in…

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The Goddess Perchta

Whispers of Yggdrasil

It’s clear that there are thousands of deities we never heard of, and honestly, its quite impossible to know them all since many don’t even have names or descritpions because it was lost in time. However, there are certain deities we can talk about even if the knowledge about such gods is a bit tiny but it might lead us to a better understanding, and who knows we might even find out more about them.

Today I will talk about the goddess Perchta, or at least everything I know about such a deity, which is little unfortunatelly, but it’s just to expand the horizons and to let you know that there are loads of deities which are very interesting and people seldom talk about them.

Perchta is a birch goddess, well, a deity linked to this specific tree which shows at first a connection to the Celtic folklore. Perchta, Berchta…

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Wondrous Tribes: Patagonian Giants

Into the Wonder

A European watches a Patagonian giant swallowing an arrow to cure his stomach ache (1602)

Giants are not, properly speaking, one of the wondrous tribes of the Greek and Roman classical writers. Virtually every culture on the planet has some kind of myth about incredibly large humanoids, from eight or ten feet tall up to the size of mountains—and beyond. In Norse mythology, the entire world was created from the dismembered body of the giant Ymir.

Nor are giants alien to North and South America, continents filled with slant-eyed giants, stone-skinned giants, and every possible variation of huge, man-eating ogre. There is one particular tribe of giants, however, that I should discuss in this series on the intersection of Old World myth and legend and the exploration of the New World. These are the giants of Patagonia at the extreme southern tip of South America.

Though the bones of „giants“ (actually large prehistoric…

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The legend of King Watzmann

The mountains are calling and I must go

„In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is the king.“

It’s a clear beautiful winter day, one of those that make me go out looking for a new adventure and today I decided to take a long trip to meet the king Watzmann.

Weather was gorgeous the previous days – sunny, crisp, frosty and blue skies. With temperatures hovering around zero it´s a great day for going to Bechtesgadener Alps. And here I am in front of king Watzmann with his beautiful shape towering over Berchtesgaden. Watzmann has a perfect beauty. That´s why it appeals to the climber and its surroundings, valley, town and lake, appeal to anyone interested in nature at its most sublime.

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The majestic Watzmann seen from Berchtesgaden looks like an image from a fairy tale.

Actually there is a famous legend about this mountain that makes it even more fascinating.

It´s the story…

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‚ESUS‘ and JESUS‘ (Coincidence?) The „Trinity“ of ‚Esus“

Rome Corrupted Christianity

 HOLY TRINITY OF PAGAN GOD ESUS

‚ESUS‘ and JESUS‘ (Coincidence?)
The „Trinity“ of ‚Esus“

“ ‚Esus‘ –  The Roman poet Lucan described ‚Esus“
in a poem, the Pharsalia, dating from the 1st c. AD,..
In it, he alludes to the journey of Caesar’s
troops through southern Gaul and their encounter
with three Gaulish gods: Taranis, Teutates and ‚Esus‘
Lucan describes this triad (trinity) as cruel, savage
and demanding…the word ‚Esus‘ is not so much a name
as it is a title, meaning ‚Lord‘ or ‚Good Master‘.“
-Green, Miranda J.
Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend.
Thames & Hudson, March 1992. (p. 93-94)

„the cult of this god may have been comparatively
widespread. This triad (trinity), was introduced by
the Gauls… and they were apparently more or less
well-known local gods.“
– J. A. MacCulloch (1911). ‘Chapter III.
The Gods of Gaul and the Continental Celts.’
The Religion of the Ancient Celts.
New York: Dover Publications…

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GOD IN THE AXE – Celtic Ceremonial Axes from Horné Orešany (Slovakia)

Balkan Celts

UD: September 2019

Intro - Horné Orešany 1

The Celtic hillfort at Horné Orešany is situated in the Trnava district in western Slovakia, in the Little Carpathian mountains above the village. The double rampart ring of the hill fort with an area of 2 ha was discovered in the early part of this century by ‘treasure hunters’ and greatly damaged by illegal excavations.

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Archaeologically confirmed early La Têne sites in western Slovakia

(On the early La Têne chieftain’s burial from Stupava see: https://balkancelts.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/the-burial-of-a-celtic-chieftain-from-stupava-slovakia/ )

Research studies at the Horné Orešany site subsequently identified a massive amount of material dating from the Hallstatt to middle La Têne periods, with the vast majority pertaining to the early La Têne era (5/4 c. BC). From the interior of the hillfort evidence of blacksmith activities and jewellery production was identified, including 11 animal- and human-headed brooches, 10 bird-headed brooches and dozens of box-shaped belt hooks. Further discoveries (mostly by…

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Aisus — The Carnutian Nemeton

Depictions/Inscriptions Pilier des nautes – (CIL XIII, 3026; RIG L2-1) (Depiction with an Inscription) this depiction is him trimming a tree the tree is thought to be a willow. A relief from Treves (Depiction) Thisdepiction is him trimming a tree with a bull and three birds in the tree. An Inscription from Cherchell, Algeria AE 1985, 00934 The Inscription […]

Aisus — The Carnutian Nemeton