Friday, February 28, 2014

'Vikings' - Season 2

Yesterday evening was the season-two premiere of the History Channel series 'Vikings'. It was one of the best episodes yet, with many powerful themes portrayed. If you missed it, it would be easy to catch up by the next episode. The opening scene showed a type of pre-battle warrior ritual that reminded me of the "haka," a Polynesian warrior chant and dance used by the New Zealand national rugby team the "All-Blacks." I just found it amusing that so many people perceive it to be some exotic ritual when many European warrior traditions used similar customs.

The above video is Lagertha defending herself from unwanted visitors when Ragnar was gone. I think it's an awesome scene. The actress Katherine Winnick plays such a strong, beautiful woman. She is actually of Ukrainian descent, but may have Viking roots. There are so many great character faces in this series. The actors seem to all be European, Canadian, or Australian, being that's it's a Canadian and Irish production. They also seem to have a bigger budget this season, which always helps.

4-26-14 ADDITION:

I wanted to add something here, without placing it on a new posting. Now there's only one more episode left of season two. This past episode, 'The Choice', caught my attention more than usual in that the Christian vs. Heathen theme was played up more than usual. That being English Christians vs. Scandinavian Heathens, and the writers didn't "favor" one side in any way I don't believe. At one point, Athelstan further conformed his admiration for the Odinic gods by admitting that he could see, sense, and feel them... while he could not with "his" monolithic God. In particular, the god Thor. At another point, Floki discussed Odinic beliefs. He brought up Odin, Freya, Thor, Balder, and Loki.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

‘The Wise Lady of the Valley Paisco’ (poem)

‘The Wise Lady of the Valley Paisco’

She lived in the paradise of a hidden Alpine valley,
The year of our lord nineteen thirty-three.
Although a slight grandmother in her fifties,
Her wisdom was as tall as the surrounding evergreen trees.

Locals would travel, even through rain or ice,
To seek out the wise lady Teresa, for folk medicine or advice.
Stubborn in her ancient mountain folkways,
Her kind is almost unheard of nowadays.

Always draped around her neck, an ancient rune,
Was she a daughter of the lamb, or of the moon?
How could her remedies so often be true,
Not a village soul had even a clue.

Local legend has it that every several months or so, at about noontide,
Teresa would depart in a carriage moving eastward across the mountainside.
And eventually during these sojourns, with sacred staff in hand,
She made the trek up a rugged Valtelline mountaintop, with a suchlike band.

As they all stood along a steep ominous mountain pass, as twilight came about with sundown,
Amid a dark blue sky, the sun’s dimming rays turning these rocky cliffs a mystical golden brown.
Soon the orange globe of the Almother moon arose majestically over the highest cloud or peak,
The ancient rite would now begin in all its mystique.

Our clan hitherto had left this land for opportunities anew,
In a very faraway place, we started to renew.
Still, I feel sadness that we were never to return,
To visit great grandmother Teresa, I regret our adjourn.

May we meet someday my favorite ancestor, in spirit anew,
Your son thinking of and proud to be from you.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Dario Cologna - 2 gold medals in cross-country skiing

Dario Cologna of Switzerland has won two gold medals in cross-country skiing at the Winter Olympics so far. He is from a historically Romansh village (Santa Maria Val Müstair) on the Graubünden-Valtellina border.. therefore culturally Lombard-Romansh. According to Wikipedia: Dario Cologna (born 11 March 1986) is a Swiss cross-country skier. He has three overall World Cup victories, three Olympic gold medals, one World Championships gold medal and three Tour de Ski victories in his career so far. His two gold medals were in the 15 km classical on Friday, and in the 30 km skiathlon yesterday. His brother Gianluca Cologna is also a well known skier.

Bode Miller managed to win a bronze in the Super-G yesterday. It's so difficult to win a medal in downhill skiing because they must be absolutely perfect, have only one chance, and are within a fraction of a second of each other. I think he will have one more chance at these games.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sandro Viletta wins gold in Alpine skiing

Sandro Viletta 28 won the Alpine Skiing Men's Super Combined Slalom on Friday. He seemingly is of Lombard-Swiss ancestry as he is apparently from the native ethnic-Valtelline region of Graubünden. He's actually from a Romansh village. Christof Innerhofer 29 of Italy (South Tyrol) won the bronze.

Nadia Fanchini from the Val Camonica came in tenth in the Alpine Skiing Ladies' Super-G. While there is no Olympic medal for "10th best in the world," she has proven that she is indeed among the best after numerous lingering injuries. Federica Brignone from Milan has also been competing at these Olympics. Julia Mancuso, who was already the most successful American in Alpine skiing, at least added a bronze medal.

USA-Russia Hockey

This U.S. team appears to be better than they have been in a good while. Basically it's the "NHL Americans" vs. the "NHL Russians." It's very different than USA-Russia in 1980. In any case, they're very evenly matched and may even meet in the final this coming week.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Olympic skier Daniela Merighetti from Brescia

Daniela Merighetti (Wikipedia)

Daniela Merighetti (born July 5, 1981) is a World Cup alpine ski racer from northern Italy. Born in Brescia, Lombardy, she has competed in the World Cup, the Winter Olympics in 2006 and 2010, and the World Championships in 2007, 2009, and 2011.

In the 2010 Winter Olympics Merighetti competed in the woman's downhill, combined and super-G, but failed to finish.

She won her first World Cup race in 2012 at age 30, in the downhill at Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy on January 14. It was her second World Cup podium, nearly nine years after her first in 2003.


I had meant to post this earlier. I saw Daniella Merghetti compete last evening in the Alpine downhill, where she ended up just missing a bronze at number four. Julia Mancuso also came up short, although she did manage to get a bronze earlier. In the skiing especially, a fraction of a second makes all the difference. Things must go perfectly. Shaun White is probably the most talented at the snowboarding halfpipe, but one mistake is too many. Bode Miller and Shani Davis as well. There will probably be another chance in these games for most of the athletes.

I'm just sort've watching here and there, as it is sort've overwhelming. It doesn't help that the website doesn't work half the time. They usually air a major event after 10 PM, like last evening woman's halfpipe; where American Kaitlyn Farrington won the gold, which sort've makes up for the other American disappointments. There's still another eleven days. One thing I found interesting, that I hadn't really noticed before is the prominent number of Italian athletes from the South Tyrol.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Fanchini sisters from Val Camonica now competing in the Winter Olympics

Above: Nadia Fanchini celebrates her silver medal in downhill at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2013.

All three of the Fanchini sisters--Nadia, Elena, and Sabrina--are competing now at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. All have been plagued with injuries in the past, but have shown flashes of brilliance. They seem to be healthy now, so this is their chance. Nadia is the best known of the three, and was #9 in the world in Alpine skiing in 2009, as well as winning the silver medal in the downhill a year ago at the world championships.

I find it difficult following the games as there are so many events covered every day and broadcast on four channels about twenty hours a day. On DirectTV's MSNBC, there's an interactive guide which helps. Basically, the evenings are when the major competitions are broadcast.

It's easy to see that things must go "just right" to achieve a medal. American skier Bode Miller, who had done so well in the past week, was just off and couldn't get on track. He has one more chance. So far, snowboarder Jamie Anderson from South Lake Tahoe has given the best performance by an American that I have seen so far. She made it look so easy. Julia Mancuso from Nevada County, California near Tahoe, competes tonight. She is the most decorated American Olympic Alpine skier of all-time and is still only 29.

I think the snowboarding, which is relatively new in the Olympics, has really been a big draw for the Winter Games.. and the Americans are really good at it. Shaun White has been the biggest star in recent years, and now Jaime Anderson will be right up there too. Snowboarding is like the Winter version of surfing. Even the laid back attitudes are similar.


Fanchini, together with the three sisters finally ... "End of the World!"

Gianmario Bonzi - - September 19, 2013

The Brescia Montecampione support each other in Ushuaia. Nadia manages its knees, but still trains in three specialties; Elena studied to improve the position in egg, Sabrina finds the feelings right after the injury.

Just to get a taste, waiting for the most important tasks, one is already back on the top step of the podium, while in the non-competitive South American Cup But, it is said in the'' environment of sport, winning is always good no matter at what level. It helps morale. And the moral of the sisters Fanchini of Montecampione (Brescia), is certainly high, at this moment: Sabrina, born in 1988, Nadia, 86, and Elena'', 85'' you are finally together, all three, in the long South American trip that precedes by one month or so'' the beginning of the World Cup alpine skiing from 2013 to 2014.

Although aggregated at different teams, with Sabrina & Nadia and Team slalom-giant (but'' the last trains at speed) and Elena in the falling-super-G. Nadia and Elena have won the World Cup and also won world championship medals, the hope is that we can succeed even tinier. Sabrina, by the way, is back on skis for a few months, after the'' last left knee injury suffered almost a year ago in North America. And now back also feels good sensations on skis: "All'' beginning it was hard to ski, but slowly I'm finding confidence, I am very satisfied with my growth here in Ushuaia because every day I improve. I worked on all , and two disciplines, and giant slalom, with an eye more for wide doors. "

Elena must be able to exploit its enormous potential, which is only seen at times in the last four seasons: "Everything is going well in Argentina - he says - we discesiste abbamo placed two blocks of training, one of six days and the'' more than five days, divided as follows: three downhill, super-G 4, 2, and one giant slalom. I'm concentrating primarily to improve the position and egg on'' attitude right to take to deal with each descent.' And very nice to be here in Ushuaia all three together,'' is a bit like being at home, we help if we have any problem and then of course we have fun, as forever."

Nadia Finally, it handles well for the moment, maybe stopping one lap earlier companions to be easy too his knees operated four times. "We did a really good job, all concentrated initially on giant. Thereafter, from September 6, since I came the other companions of teams, I trained in super-G and downhill. I feel good, pain in the knees is under control, of course - he says with a touch of negativity that never fails, but actually hides great determination - I know I'll never be at the top, it is impossible. But now I live with this situation. And of course I will do everything back on top in the race. Not if I can, but I will try with all my strength. " Good luck to all three!

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day - The Heart of Freya

Freya's heart

Freyja's heart is the sign of the blessings of the goddess Freyja and is the symbol of those given to her mysteries. This particular heart symbol represents love...

--Ron McVan; 'Creed of Iron'


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

'Rocco and His Brothers' (movie review)

Rocco and His Brothers (Wikipedia)

Rocco e i suoi fratelli (English: Rocco and His Brothers) is a 1960 Italian film directed by Luchino Visconti. Set in Milan, it tells the story of an immigrant family from the South and its disintegration in the society of the industrial North. The title is a combination of Thomas Mann's Joseph and his Brothers and the name of Rocco Scotellaro, Italian poet who described the feelings of the peasants of southern Italy.

The film stars Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, and Claudia Cardinale, in one of her early roles before she became internationally known. The film's score was composed by Nino Rota.


This movie didn’t pull any punches. The opening scene shows the family arriving at a train depot in Milan from rural Basilicata. They’re loud and rambunctious. One of the brothers says from the bus that all of the lights make it look like the daytime. This movie would have taken place somewhere between 1945 and 1960, part of the large migration from southern Italy to the northern industrial centers after World War II.

When I first read the short description of this film, the family is said to be from “the country” migrating to Milan. I was thinking maybe they were from the Valtellina or somewhere in the Lombard Alps? There are rural areas in Lombardy or the north... but of course it would be the South. The family loosely seems to live in or around a more-or-less “southern milieu” of people, but that wasn’t really clear.

Other southerners teach them how to cheat the Milanese system as they had by renting an apartment in a good district, apparently beyond their means, then to stop paying rent after two months.. at which time the city would give them free housing. As they said: “Milan don’t let anyone live in the street.” Soon after, they see snow for the first time, and they start off with odd jobs like shoveling snow.

At the start and end of this movie was played a song entitled ‘Oh my beautiful country’. Initially the message went over my head, but at the end it was clear their country was not “Italy,” but their region of origin. The song was basically about missing “home.” There were numerous references about the “old country” or “my country,” but other than that they seemed to be socially accepted into society. There’s even a reference to something like “we don’t speak our language anymore.”

The family is portrayed as loud and emotional, and the only stereotype missing was “hand gestures” which the director seemed to largely leave out. Soon one of the five brothers, Simone, meets a local woman named Nadia; who said that she was from Cremona, and this is maybe the central storyline of the movie. She is a prostitute, but she really isn’t portrayed that way. There are references to her parents house nearby, she dresses well, and there are many scenes of her just appearing like any well-dressed middle class woman on a date.

The matriarch Rosaria doesn’t like Nadia at all, and this begins a long rocky road that I can’t give all the details of or I will spoil the movie. Suffice to say, it’s a tragic relationship between Nadia and this family. They become almost negatively addicted to each other. Perhaps I’m the only one, but I had a soft spot for Nadia; like one of those people whom you wish would get their life in order, but they never do.

Although it wasn’t entirely clear--with the cast being a mixture of Italian, French, or Greek actors--the brothers seemed to have a thing for Milanese women. The mother, perhaps frustrated by these “quasi-liberated” young local women, says something like “these northern girls have skin like a chicken!” or some such thing about them being skinny and pale.

Some of the brothers get into boxing, and start construction work; and later one or two of them works for Alfa Romeo. The movie portrays them engaging in shady behavior at times, like stealing from a woman who owns a clothing and tailoring shop where one of their girlfriends works. There is no “mafia subplot” however. The Milanese are also portrayed as being excitable and gregarious, but never as loud and emotional as “the Parondi’s.”

The two main brothers are Simone and Rocco. Simone is always in trouble, while Rocco is the noble one.. and would be considered the main protagonist of the movie. He’s always trying to fix Simone’s problems. Rocco’s wife Gianetta is played by Claudia Cardinale, who later became a famous actress. Apparently "Rocco" is short for Rocchino. I found a lot of this movie a little hard to follow. One of the main characters is their local head boxing trainer, who trains several of the brothers, and always seems to end up frustrated by what he sees as a lock of dedication. He has some rant about “these southerners are not serious!” Some of the plot surrounding him sort’ve goes over my head. It’s hard to read text and try to watch. You miss some things.

There is one scene which I found very funny. The mother finally gets into it with Nadia. There’s some new negative issue with Simone and he leaves, and Rosaria bursts into the bedroom to confront Nadia while she’s in bed. A real “meeting of the minds.” At one point, Rosaria has both of her hands in the shape of horns and pushes Nadia.. as if to call her “a devil.”

I don’t want to give away the movie, but there was much sympathy for Simone near the end. One of the brothers ends up saying to his nephew, “Simone had good roots, but he got poisoned by bad herbs.” If you see, or saw, the movie; you will know why I think that’s total BS. He was a bad seed, period… but it’s just a movie….

There were a lot of socio-political issues surrounding this film, which was filmed in Milan and Lombardy, but I can’t say because it would give away the movie. Some of it you can find on the movie's IMDb trivia page here. This film has been really popular. From the link: Francis Ford Coppola was such a big fan of this film that he hired its composer, Nino Rota, to score his 1972 masterwork, The Godfather (1972). Directed by Vichino Visconti, who was of Milanese descent, the film won numerous awards at the 1960 Venice Film Festival among others.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Arctic Home in the Vedas: Part 17 - "Thule, Saturn, & an alternative explanation"

Thule, Saturn, & an alternative explanation: Part 6

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Here we offer David Talbott's first glimpses of celestial dramas in ancient times. Just a few thousand years ago a gathering of planets hung as towering forms in the ancient sky close to the earth, provoking spectacular electric discharge formations above our forebears.

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The "electric universe" theory is gaining momentum; however, so many of the biggest names in "mainstream science" have entire careers invested into ideas which may not be true ("gravity universe", "black holes", "big bang theory"). As a consequence, they almost always will not even listen or respond to any new ideas; and will depend on the establishments of the world to back them up. The 1994 book 'Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race'--by Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson--documents clear evidence that mainstream archeology literally hides away in storage locations because they can't explain them away.

The idea that a "Teutonic homeland" may have existed on the North Pole seems too incredible to believe until one looks at all the evidence. I see much more evidence to support it than there is evidence to the contrary. As to whether they were somehow a superior people isn't really applicable to whether or not this homeland existed. There's much more basis for an ancient Mediterranean origin of civilization than any other race or culture.

Could there have been an Earth with no seasons in the not-too-distant past? We know that Antarctica was once a continent with a warm climate and thriving with life. If you watched the above video, then if true it could explain a Thule-like civilization.. or at least a Teutonic settlement... literally on the North Pole. Was a still viable star Saturn the sun in the northern sky? Were the dramatically nearby interacting planets "the gods?" This electric solar system of only a few thousand years ago would be the last piece of evidence to finally prove Bal Gangadhar Tilak's theory of "the Arctic home in the Vedas."

As far as the massive "Saturnian symbolism" in the world today, that goes beyond where I want to go here. Also, the presence of some people who were eight to nine feet tall--which is true since there are the remains to prove it--still are not numerically numerous enough to point-blank state that "these were the ancient Teutons." They may have been a different type of human being altogether. I do, however, believe that the original Teutons could have been six and a half to seven feet on average. There is at least one sub-Saharan tribe today which has an average height of close to seven feet. The average height of Scandinavians today is 5'11", which would work as far as a northern Europe of largely Teutonic and proto-European mixtures.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Arctic Home in the Vedas: Part 16 - "Thule, Saturn, & an alternative explanation"

Thule, Saturn, & an alternative explanation: Part 5

The way the Greeks understood their relationship with non-Greek peoples was significantly moulded by the way myths of the Golden Age were transplanted into the contemporary scene...

We often hear the phrase “golden age” in reference to the zenith of something; “the golden age of cinema.” However, there was THE golden age, and it may be stranger than anything we will ever uncover. It has to do with everything from the deep past to the present day. It has to do with every ancient culture, and in particular the original Teutonic people before their migrations. I will tie this big loose end. But for now, we are talking about a “Golden Age” in which there were no seasons as we know them today; and in which the North and South Poles was literally habitable.

A particular Hyperborean legendary healer was known as "Abaris" or "Abaris the Healer" whom Herodotus first described in his works. Plato (Charmides, 158C) regarded Abaris as a physician from the far north...

Could Abaris the Healer have been of a migrating people from the “far north”… Thule? The ancient Greeks were very scientifically-minded, so couldn’t this “shaman”--who caused such a stir--seem a little out of place?

Above the Arctic Circle, from the spring equinox to the autumnal equinox (depending on latitude), the sun can shine for 24 hours a day...

There is a deep tie-in here with the “Golden Age” and Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s theory, but I will have to wait until Part 17 to reveal it.

Unaware of the explanation offered by modern science (i.e. that these insects had lived in times when the climate of northern Europe was much warmer, their bodies preserved unchanged in the amber) the Greeks came up with the idea that the coldness of northern countries was due to the cold breath of Boreas, the North Wind. So if one travelled "beyond Boreas" one would find a warm and sunny land.

This is clearly part of the Greek mythology of the “Golden Age.” However, these mythologies of that possible era are present in the mythologies of every ancient civilization. Again, I’m focusing mostly on the legend of Thule, but this “Golden Age” affected every person living on Earth at that time if it was real.

Northern Europeans (Scandinavians), when confronted with the classical Greco-Roman culture of the Mediterranean, identified themselves with the Hyperboreans, neglecting the traditional aspect of a perpetually sunny land beyond the north.

This was only a perception, but could it literally be tied to a real time and place? There is now mounting evidence that it may.

Hyperborean Indo-European hypothesis

John G. Bennett wrote a research paper entitled "The Hyperborean Origin of the Indo-European Culture" (Journal Systematics, Vol. 1, No. 3, December 1963) in which he claimed the Indo-European homeland was in the far north, which he considered the Hyperborea of classical antiquity. This idea was earlier proposed by Bal Gangadhar Tilak (whom Bennett credits) in his The Arctic Home in the Vedas (1903) as well as the Austro-Hungarian ethnologist Karl Penka (Origins of the Aryans, 1883).

Now this is a big tie-in, and in hindsight part of the intellectual process of looking into something which seemingly is impossible. They weren’t, however, “Indo-Europeans.” They were the original Teutonic race. This intrinsically has nothing to do with the Nazis. In fact, the German sub-race--specifically--is less than half Teutonic.. and less so in the southern German lands. The larger part being primarily proto-European (“Alpine”).

According to these esoterists, Hyperborea was the Golden Age polar center of civilization and spirituality...

I doubt this part, as there is no strong evidence of it. That doesn’t mean that evidence of a great Thule civilization couldn’t be out there undiscovered. We can look into what may exist as far as ruins at a later point. What there is evidence of is the presence of Teutonic people in some of these lost lands like the Tarim Basin.

Robert Charroux first related the Hyperboreans to an ancient astronaut race of "reputedly very large, very white people" who had chosen "the least warm area on the earth because it corresponded more closely to their own climate on the planet from which they originated."

After Part 17, this may show to be theoretically possible, but wild theories can and do hurt the areas where facts can be established. In any case, this original Teutonic race would no longer exist in the exact form that they did. Even in the far north of the post-Golden Age Europe, or in modern times, I would guess that this certain stock would be at no more than 50%.

They may not have been as physically attractive as their Teutonic-Protoeuropean descendants later became. The very tall, square-headed, almost white-haired, very light blue-eyed, and pure white skinned people became shorter, rounder-headed, more ash or wheat blonde haired, more medium blue-eyed, and perhaps a bit tan to give one possible example.

Unlike other places where Teutonic people came and ruthlessly conquered, they were taken with these shorter, stocky, sexier, probably brown-eyed, perhaps dark brown haired European natives.. and merged with them. Only in what I would call the “final great migration,” a horde of more pure stock Teutons came and permanently placed their clear genetic and linguistic stamp on some places like Scandinavia and northern Germany.

The one other example of where they mixed their blood was in ancient Persia, which produced the Aryan culture and people (original Teutons & true Mediterraneans). To make this perfectly clear, this original Teutonic race didn't produce "The Golden Age"; the Golden Age may explain their origins. I use the term "Teutonic" for the original stock; as opposed to the modern "Germanic," which is a loose and somewhat undefined term. For example, the "Germanic Austrians" probably have only a minimally larger Teutonic element than say Venetians, Croatians, or Slovenes... yet the loud terms "GERMAN," "ITALIAN," or "SLAV" are thrown around recklessly by many. Language often defines a culture more than actual racial stock in the perceptions of most people.

Golden Age (Wikipedia)

The term Golden Age (Greek: Χρυσόν Γένος Chryson Genos) comes from Greek mythology and legend and refers to the first in a sequence of four or five (or more) Ages of Man, in which the Golden Age is first, followed in sequence, by the Silver, Bronze, Heroic, and then the present (Iron), which is a period of decline. By extension "Golden Age" denotes a period of primordial peace, harmony, stability, and prosperity. During this age peace and harmony prevailed, humans did not have to work to feed themselves, for the earth provided food in abundance. They lived to a very old age with a youthful appearance, eventually dying peacefully, with spirits living on as "guardians". Plato in Cratylus (397 e) recounts the golden race of humans who came first. He clarifies that Hesiod did not mean literally made of gold, but good and noble.

There are analogous concepts in the religious and philosophical traditions of the South Asian subcontinent. For example, the Vedic or ancient Hindu culture saw history as cyclical, composed of yugas with alternating Dark and Golden Ages. The Kali yuga (Iron Age), Dwapara (Bronze Age), Treta yuga (Silver Age) and Satya yuga (Golden Age) correspond to the four Greek ages. Similar beliefs occur in the ancient Middle East and throughout the ancient world, as well.

In classical Greek mythology the Golden Age was presided over by the leading Titan Cronus. In some version of the myth Astraea, also ruled. She lived with men until the end of the Silver Age, but in the Bronze Age, when men became violent and greedy, fled to the stars, where she appears as the constellation Virgo, holding the scales of Justice, or Libra.

European Pastoral literary and iconographic tradition often depicted nymphs and shepherds as living a life of rustic innocence and simplicity, untainted by the corruptions of civilization — a continuation of the Golden Age — set in an idealized Arcadia, a region of Greece that was the abode and center of worship of their tutelary deity, goat-footed Pan, who dwelt among them. This idealized and nostalgic vision of the simple life, however, was sometimes contested and even ridiculed, both in antiquity and later on.

Abaris the Hyperborean (Wikipedia)
Abaris the Hyperborean (Greek: Ἄβαρις Ὑπερβόρειος, Abaris Hyperboreios), son of Seuthes, was a legendary sage, healer, and priest of Apollo known to the Ancient Greeks. He was supposed to have learned his skills in his homeland of Hyperborea, near the Caucasus, which he fled during a plague. He was said to be endowed with the gift of prophecy, and by this as well as by his Scythian dress and simplicity and honesty he created great sensation in Greece, and was held in high esteem.

Gothicismus (Wikipedia)

Gothicismus, Gothism, or Gothicism (Swedish: Göticism) is the name given to what is considered to have been a cultural movement in Sweden, centered around the belief in the glory of the Swedish ancestors, originally considered to be the Geats, which were identified with the Goths. The founders of the movement were Nicolaus Ragvaldi and the brothers Johannes and Olaus Magnus. The belief continued to hold power in the 17th century, when Sweden was a great power following the Thirty Years' War, but lost most of its sway in the 18th. It was revitalized by national romanticism in the early 19th century, this time with the vikings as heroic figures.


By extension "Golden Age" denotes a period of primordial peace, harmony, stability, and prosperity. During this age peace and harmony prevailed, humans did not have to work to feed themselves, for the earth provided food in abundance. 

This sounds a bit like someone's warm and fuzzy account of some long ago "place" in their imagination. However, this will make a lot more sense during Part 17.

He (Abaris) was supposed to have learned his skills in his homeland of Hyperborea, near the Caucasus...

Apparently Abaris was a real figure who caused a sensation in early Greek civilization. Since he dressed like a Scythian, there seems to be a Persian connection, which would tie-in well as far as his possible Teuton roots at that time. If it was about one-thousand BCE, then the Aryan connection would make sense here.


There is a definite tie-in here, but this national/racial historical perception (likely partly true in this case) starts to lead us down some rabbit trails and into confusion. Suffice to say that there were some early Gothic legends of Thule.