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Is death an obstacle to be overcome? An enemy to be conquered? Or the only chance we have to assimilate with the gods?

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Pagans Futures is a conference organised in association with the Survive the Jive™ Historical Research Project.
The theme of this conference is- 'Preserving European spiritual traditions in a globalised future'.
The purpose of this conference is to bring together polytheist thought leaders of the Indo-European traditions to consider building a philosophical framework for preserving the integrity of our traditions within an emerging new world order
Historian, YouTuber and renowned polytheist Thomas Rowsell known for the Survive the Jive YouTube channel shall be the keynote speaker.
Dr.Borja Vilallonga, Ph.D. is a scholar of history and religion previously at Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Newcastle. He has devoted his research to the relationship between traditional religion and modernity and runs a YouTube channel called @The Modern Platonist
There will a live musical performance from the pagan folk artist @Wolcensmen
Audience participation is encouraged during a Q and A session with the speakers
It is estimated there are over 250,000 pagan polytheists in the UK in addition to a similar number of Hindus
Current political rhetoric regarding alleged ‘common values’ of ‘global humanity’ deliberately marginalises, excludes or misrepresents the deeply held beliefs of polytheists
Advancements in technology pose challenges to those who uphold pagan systems of ethics
Let us address these issues and more, together!

Sturla Ellingvåg is an economist and historian from Norway currently collaborating with the roots of the Vikings at the Lundbeck Foundation Centre for Geogenetics at the University of Copenhagen. He also runs his own YouTube channel called Viking Stories.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm5dy5GevN0ju6f2-QXXCzA

Sturla recently collaborated on a genetic paper titled Population genomics of the Viking world. The findings of the paper have been reported on by a number of mainstream media worldwide, but the reports misrepresent the findings and Sturla has spoken out against this. Today we will hear more about what the paper actually shows about Viking diversity.

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Thor is a Viking god who was mainly worshipped in Scandinavia but also in Britain. There are sacred cult sites to Thor in the UK and the Norse god of thunder also shows up in some local folklore. This video looks at a couple of interesting examples from Derbyshire and Surrey.

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Odin art by Christian Sloan Hall
Drone footage by Mr MSL
Stock footage from Envato

Music by: Borg, Bark Sound Productions, Xurios,

Many people have requested I post this song since it is not available anywhere else online.

Easter was originally the name of a pagan Anglo-Saxon goddess. This video tells you all there is to know about her and also looks at other goddesses around Europe and Asia to whom she is related!

Art by Christian Sloan Hall

This is a reconstruction of building D2 at the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Yeavering. It is widely agreed to be a pagan temple or shrine room which the early English called a weoh or hearg. The building contained no evidence of human habitation at all, but did have a large pit containing sacrificial animal bones, mainly oxen skulls. There are also three post holes behind a partition wall which are thought to have been where the idols of the gods stood.

Such temples are well attested in historical sources. Bede says that King Rædwald kept a temple with shrines to the old gods. Elsewhere Bede recounts the story of Coifi the pagan priest in Northumbria who defiled a temple, and he also says that the Christian King Earconbert of Kent destroyed many temples and idols in 640AD. A letter from Pope Gregory to Abbot Mellitus, written in 601AD, requests that the temples of the English idols are not to be destroyed, but instead only the idols destroyed and replaced with altars, holy water and relics, which means early church buildings may originally have been pagan temples. The idols were most likely made of wood and then decorated but none survive in the archaeological record, but such idols have been found in Celtic and Nordic contexts and are also attested among Slavic and Baltic pagans.

Art by Robert Molyneaux https://www.artstation.com/robertmolyneaux
Read more about Yeavering here: https://exarc.net/issue-2015-2/ea/yeavering-reconsidered

#Paganism #PaganTemple #AngloSaxon #SuttonHoo #archaeology #heathen #fyrnsidere #AngloSaxonPaganism #Woden #Thunor #englishheritage #Englishhistory #yeavering #hof #Hearg

The Final Pagan Generation recounts the story of the lives and fortunes of the last Romans born before the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. Edward J. Watts traces their experiences of living through the fourth century’s dramatic religious and political changes, when heated confrontations saw the Christian establishment legislate against pagan practices as mobs attacked pagan holy sites and temples. Watts examines why the "final pagan generation"—born to the old ways and the old world in which it seemed to everyone that religious practices would continue as they had for the past two thousand years—proved both unable to anticipate the changes that imperially sponsored Christianity produced and unwilling to resist them. This book is relevant today due to obvious modern parallels.

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In this video I will show how the 2nd Merseberg charm, a magic spell from medieval Germany, proves that ancient Indo-Europeans also had special magical spells to keep their horses alive - by healing them. The examples I give come from a 19th century Swedish spell, an Irish spell from 1938 recorded in the archives of the folklore dept. at UCD, the second battle of Maige Tuired, and Book 4/12 of the Atharva-Veda.

I also look at how the Norse used horses for black magic too - namely the níðstang or shame pole which requires a severed horse's head.

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Art:
Odin heals Baldr's horse by Gramanh Folcwald
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Andronovo chariot and vikings by Christian Sloan Hall
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The Håga mound (Hågahögen) or King Björn's barrow is a large Nordic Bronze Age burial mound near Uppsala, Sweden. It is one of the most magnificent remains from the Nordic Bronze Age and contained a lot of gold and bronze items. It contains a man who was cremated on a pyre, just like Patroclus in Homer's Iliad.

This video looks at the amazing golden sword and gilt golds buttons and brooches from the barrow and compares them to the wider Indo-European pagan custom of burial mounds for great men. You might say a man buried with so much gold was a Golden One....

The Trundholm sun chariot in the thumbnail and the video was not found in the barrow, it was found in Denmark and is from roughly the same period.

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The greatest pagan Viking hero is my hero Hakon Jarl. He was a reactionary apostate who restored the temples and sacrifices and promoted paganism across Norway and beyond during the 10th century. He was against Danish Christian power in Norway and ought to be remembered as a hero to pagans all over the world. I also think he was the inspiration for the Skyrim character Jarl Ulfric. Some sagas say that Hakon was a bit of a womaniser and that was eventually his downfall, but maybe he was just a chad and Christians made up the story of his virility working against him?

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#Vikings #Pagan #Thor

Music: Simon Jacobs

This video is a journey through Europe’s past. Beginning with medieval France and ending with Holocene cave paintings in Grottes de Cougnac from 25,000 years ago. There is some medieval music and charming medieval fair footage. After a look at a Templar fort, I visit the beautiful Albi Cathedral, which is also impressive as a military fort from the Albigensian Crusade. The macabre frescos of the last judgement are supposed to remind those who see them of the eternal penalty for heresy and sin. But somehow the bestial forms painted on the walls of a cold cavernous cathedral, bring to mind an older spirituality. A connection between different religions spanning thousands of years.

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Music: Arvo Pärt - Fratres

How authentic is the notion of a united European identity? Does this stem from DNA? From Christianity? From the land itself? Modern science is challenging long held notions of identity and belonging, yet it is also vindicating other ancient beliefs. In this talk I discuss our Indo-European heritage, our spiritual heritage and constructed ethnic and national identities in modern Europe.

This speech was delivered in 2017 - some information may be out of date.

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Quotes on mountains, mountain climbing and the spirituality pertaining to mountain peaks in ancient pagan cultures. These quotations are all taken from two books:

"Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None" by Friedrich Nietzsche.

"Meditations on the Peaks: Mountain Climbing as Metaphor for the Spiritual Quest" by Julius Evola.

All footage and readings by Thomas Rowsell. Shot in Lycian Turkey, Andean Bolivia and The Lake District in England.

All music is free of known copyright restrictions and is available for use in the public domain.

Overture to Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner.
Recorded by United States Marine Band.
Downloaded from musopen.org

1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky.
Downloaded from the YouTube audio library.

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Irish, Nordic, Greek and Indian texts all warn about an evil age that will be the final one in a cycle of ages, in which religious principles are forgotten, hardship and strife are widespread and people become evil. This video quotes from Hindu sources, Ovid's Metamorphoses, the Old Norse pagan text Völuspá (the prophecy of the seeress) and the old Irish prophecy of the crow goddess Badb.

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Music:
Torulf - Rite of the Heart
https://torulf.bandcamp.com/
Ormgård - Sjálfsfórn

I address the question of King Arthur, whom I argue is more important as a literary and legendary figure than as a historical one, then I address the question of Britain and the Anglo-Saxon invasions of the 5th century and argue that they cannot have been peaceful and that recent studies have not properly distinguished the DNA of Anglo-Saxons from that of Brythonic Celts. Finally I return to the figure of Arthur as a returning hero, and stress the importance of this perennial archetype as a esoteric representation of a spiritual awakening of the people.

To clarify, what I do not say clearly in the film: Barbarossa, Charlemagne , King Arthur, King Harold Godwinsson and other European kings whose return from the grave has been prophesied are regional variants of an ancient legendary motif of the perfect king who represents the perfect harmony of earthly power legitimised by transcendent and spiritual principles. This will not be achieved by a king climbing out of his grave, but by a spiritual re-awakening of the European peoples.

CORRECTION: At one point I state that "nobody ever called themselves by that name" (Anglo-Saxon) This is incorrect. I had thought that Anglorum was used more than Anglo-Saxon but I have subsequently learned that there are several ecclesiastical texts in which the English were termed Anglo-Saxon during the Anglo-Saxon period.

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Music: Wolcensmen, Simon Jacobs, Cefin Beorn, Sjøhof, Kevin MacLeod

The Proto-Indo-Europeans of the Pontic Caspian Steppe and other parts of Eastern Europe in the neolithic worshipped a paternal deity who they called Dyḗus ph₂tḗr “sky father”. With comparative linguistics and comparative mythology we can learn a lot about this ancient god from whom Greek Zeus, Roman Jupiter, Irish Dagda, Vedic Dyáuṣ Pitṛ́ and Norse Odin and many others also derive. In this video I explain what we know about the god’s mythic roles relating to cattle, his relationship to other gods in the Indo-European religion and his association with different animals in later pagan religions.

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Art:
Alex Cristi
https://www.artstation.com/alex314
Andrew Whyte
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Christian Sloan Hall
https://www.deathlord.co.uk/
Christopher Steininger
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Johan Jernhed
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Music in order:
theme song: Wolcensmen - Sunne
Altyn Tuu - Altai Tuva
Xurious - Steppe expansion
Elegiac - Ashwind interlude
Doug Maxwell - Bansure raga
Sjhof - path to the temple
Ormgård - Sjálfsforn
Stark Von Oben - Imperator
Halindir - Hedelandet II
Kevin McLeod - Dhaka
Myling - Töcken
Borg - The May queen enters the circle

Sources:
Anthony, D., ‘The Horse, the Wheel, and Language’ 2007
Dumezil, G., ‘Mythe et Épopée’ 1973
Dumezil, G., ‘Mitra-Varuna: An Essay on Two Indo-European Representations of Sovereignty’, 1988
Kershaw, K., ‘The one-eyed god: Odin and the (Indo-)Germanic Männerbünde’ (Journal of Indo-European studies monograph) 2000
Lincoln, B., ‘THE INDO-EUROPEAN MYTH OF CREATION’ 1975
Matasović, R., ‘A Reader in Comparative Indo-European Religion’ 2010
Mylonas, G. E., ‘The Eagle of Zeus’ 1946
Puhvel, J., ‘Victimal Hierarchies in Indo-European Animal Sacrifice’: The American Journal of Philology , Autumn, 1978, Vol. 99, No. 3 (Autumn, 1978), pp. 354-362
Puhvel, J., ‘Comparative Mythology’ 1987

A look behind the scenes at Survive the Jive. First a reel of outtakes and bloopers, then a lengthy discussion of my workflow, my kit and my hopes for the channel. Finally a quick tour of my garden.

WARNING this video contains snakey friends

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Music: Bark sound productions and amalec

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16:30 Kit and workflow
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My name is Tom Rowsell, I'm an historian and film maker from England. In my professional career I have worked as a journalist and an international Science Communications specialist.

Survive the Jive is a history channel which focuses on the pagan religions of ancient Europe. I also look at linguistics, genetics, anthropology and other disciplines in order to gain insights into ancient peoples.

This is the second channel trailer I have made. The first one came out four years ago in 2016.

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Music: Vanguard - A Brighter Dawn
Theme: Wolcensmen - Sunne

An impromptu stream in which I review the new book Dauntless by Swedish body builder and self-help guru The Golden One aka Marcus Follin.

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The British Isles draw their rich mythological heritage from Brythonic, Gaelic, Anglo-Saxon and Norse sources yet all have been filtered through the much more recent and severely distorting lens of medieval Christian chroniclers. People like Geoffrey of Monmouth invented their own additions to many historical and legendary stories which persist to this day. This means the mythology derives more from scholarship than folklore. Geoffrey Ashe did a good job of sorting fact from fiction while compiling all these myths in his book.

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Archaeological discovery of mummies in the Taklamakan desert of Western China dating back 4,000 years has captivated the imaginations of researchers, who were surprised to discover that they were caucasians from Europe. The answers to the mystery of who these white mummies were might be found in the later history of Xinjiang province; in the Chinese written records of blue eyed and red bearded merchants such as the Yuezhi and the Sogdians from the West and in the manuscripts written in a mysterious Indo-European language known as Tocharian. Clearly there were both Iranic and Tocharian peoples living in Western China in later times, and the Tarim mummies must have been the ancestors of some if not all of them.

The inhospitable Tarim basin became a vital route for merchants, at the crossroads between East and West, the basin is skirted by oasis towns which were stations for anyone traveling on the Silk Road.The caucasian, Europoid mummies and the ancient Indo-European languages of the region challenge popular misconceptions about the limits of European civilisation in the Bronze Age. The material excavated suggests the area was active for thousands of years, with diverse languages, lifestyles, religions, and cultures present.

#AncientAliens #Xinjiang #Tocharian

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Celtic Genetics and Paganism explained...

Celts are known for tartan, faeries, druids, bagpipes and the British Isles - but the origins of the Celtic culture lie in the Unetice culture of Bronze age central Europe and it spread out with the Hallstatt and La Tène cultures. In this history documentary, I look at the genetic evidence for the spread of Celts into Britain and Ireland in the Iron Age, as well as the Galatian Celts into Anatolia. Then I examine some Celtic archaeological artefacts such as the Gundestrup cauldron and the Marlborough bucket and I introduce the viewer to some of the basic aspects of Druidry and the Indo-European religion of the ancient Celts.

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Celtic warrior art by Alex Cristi and Christian Sloan Hall

Music:
Kevin MacLeod - Moorland
Xurious - Celtic atmosphere
Aethelruna - Gregorian chant
Stark von Oben - Sacrifice of the Lamb
Kevin MacLeod - Hidden Past
Stark von Oben - Praetorian Germanicus
Chris Zabriskie - The Theatrical poster for Poltergeist 3
Sjohof - Path to the temple
Ormgård - Sjálfsforn
Chris Zabriskie - I am running down the long hallway of Viewmont Elementary,

Sources:

- Damgaard et al (2018) https://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6396/eaar7711
- Berresford Ellis, Peter., ‘The Ancient World of The Celts’ (Constable, 1998)
- Celtic genetics on Eurogenes
http://eurogenes.blogspot.com/2019/03/celtic-probably-not-from-west.html
http://eurogenes.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-hallstatt-effect.html
MacGonagle, B., ‘Celtic Ceremonial Buckets and Celtic Expansion’ https://www.academia.edu/23291021/CELTIC_CEREMONIAL_BUCKETS_AND_BELGIC_EXPANSION
Forster, P., ‘Toward a phylogenetic..

In an ancient Anglo-Saxon village in England, next to a haunted Inn, there lies a prehistoric stone that, since before records began, has been associated with the devil. The locals have a way to ensure that the devilish power of the stone does not harm them though. They turn it over once a year on the 5th November. The stone was most likely the central marker of the þingstede or folk moot for the Anglo-Saxon hundred of Shebbear.

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Music: Grimrik, Borg, Chris Zabriskie

"In Search of the Earth-Mother of Anatolia"

A documentary which looks at the root of the Earth Mother goddess common to European pagan religions; call her Cybele, Rhea, Ceres, or whatever - she comes from Anatolia and spread out in various forms from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. One late form was Artemis of Ephesus, an Anatolian version of a Greek goddess who was then sent back to Europe in her new form. This film focuses mainly on the Lycians, who were an early Indo-European people in Anatolia who seem to have preserved more of the pre-Indo-European Anatolian religion and culture than most.

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Sources:

- Bryce. T., 'The Lycians in Literary and Epigraphic Sources' (1986)
- Ovid 'Metamorphoses', Melville. A. D. (trans) (Oxford, 1986)
- Evola. J., 'The Bow and the Club' (Arktos, 2018)
- http://www.lycianturkey.com/cults_of_lycia_deities.htm
- http://bikeclassical.blogspot.com/2017/03/letoon-sanctuary-of-eni-mahanahi.html
- https://turkisharchaeonews.net/site/xanthos
- Damgaard et al (2018) https://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6396/eaar7711

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Survive the Jive is a channel about history, ancient religions and nature. I'm a qualified historian, a credited journalist, and documentary film maker. I focus mainly on Indo-European cultures and most specifically on Germanic/Norse paganism but I also make videos on other subjects too.

Since 2007, StJ has been an alternative media source; promoting anti-consumerist and anti-materialist perspectives. The channel promotes traditional cultures as a way to oppose globalisation. The channel takes a holistic approach to programming of all sorts that inform, educate and improve us. It sometimes covers scientific topics but is philosophically anti-materialist.