https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI6D_kgM_Zg Notre Dame in memoriam ~ Even though I am a pagan I believe Gothic cathedrals are the best buildings in the world.The term Gothic was applied as a pejorative in Italy because the work was associated with the Germanic barbarians who invented it. Giorgio Vasari used the term "barbarous German style" in his 1550 Lives of the Artists to describe it.
To me English Gothic cathedrals are the perfect architectural expression of the Northern soul. They remind me of forests and trees. In this video tribute to the burned Notre Dame cathedral, I show the beauty of four English cathedrals; York Minster, Wells cathedral, Exeter cathedral, and Winchester cathedral. All of them are medieval structures which took centuries to build. All of the quotes in the video come from the famous art critic, John Ruskin, who loved Gothic architecture and promoted its revival in the 19th century.
The culture of raiding warrior bands, known as a 'here' in Old English, was common to many Indo-European cultures and was also associated with the religion. In Rome it became the lupercalia, among Germanic folk it became the wild hunt and was associated with the berserkers and the einherjar of Lord Odin, while in India it is associated with the Gandharvas and, according to whom you ask, the Varuna side of Mitra-Varuna or the Rudra side of Shiva-Rudra.
I will discuss this a bit in relation to Dumezil and Kershaw's theories. (Mitra-Varuna and The One-Eyed God from the journal of Indo-European studies Monograph no.36 respectively)
DNA evidence has shed new light on the origins of the Indian people, the Hindu religion and the Sanskrit language. Pastoralists of the Andronovo culture from the Bronze age steppe invaded India from the North West and brought Indo-European languages to the Indian subcontinent. These pastoralists were ethnically white people, and they mixed with Indians to create the modern genetic diversity of India. This theory has been developed over 200 years, and has often been attacked as a colonial fable or even as Nazi propaganda, but now genetic science has vindicated the Victorian scholars who said the roots of the Aryans lay in the Corded Ware culture of Europe.
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