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JIVE TALK: Were Vikings really diverse?

Tomorrow at 19:00 UK time you can tune in to Jive Talk where I will be speaking to one of the authors of the recent paper on Viking DNA. Sturla Ellingvåg is an economist and historian from Norway currently working at the roots of the Vikings at the Lundbeck Foundation Centre for Geogenetics at the University of Copenhagen.
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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I GOT THE SILVER PLAY BUTTON

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A pagan's travel guide to Sweden


In this film, i take you on a trip around Sweden's places of power; sacred spaces remaining from the bronze age, iron age and viking times. I travel through central Sweden to show you some of the most fascinating and mysterious archaeological religious sites and, through them, help you to understand a bit more about the ancient religion of the Norse peoples and where you can go in Sweden to see these things for yourself.

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Patron Jive Stream: Tom shows off his geography skillsToday I am demonstrating my amazing geograp...

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Behind the Scenes at StJ HQ

According to my surveys on Telegram and Twitter, approx 75% of my audience would like to see a behind the scenes video where I explain my workflow and show you my garden and out takes etc. So to the other 25% please avert your eyes now 

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AMA Patron Jive stream

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Megalithic documentary
New discoveries in archaeology and ancient DNA have provided fascinating insights into the mysterious people who built Newgrange and Stonehenge. 2020 has seen the discovery of the world's largest prehistoric monument, a massive Mega-henge right next to Stonehenge at Durrington. At the same time, scientists have looked at the DNA of dozens of skeletons from Neolithic people of Britain and Ireland and realised that, far from being egalitarian, these megalith building societies had an elite caste comprised of what appear to be closely related, and in one case severely inbred, god-kings. Whilst looking through the new data, I came to realise that there was an interesting correlation among the phenotypes of this Neolithic elite - and I have a theory that the inbreeding may be related to a deliberate attempt to preserve archaic phenotypes from Mesolithic hunter gatherers, who the Neolithic invaders intermixed with when they first arrived in Britain and Ireland.   In this new documentary you will learn all about megalithic people and their monuments; from passage tombs, to long barrows, dolmens and stone circles. Never before has such revealing light been shone into the darkness of this mysterious stone age culture. 

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Pagan duty of hospitality

This was a long time coming. I got some great artists to contribute and I think their art really brings the myths alive. In traditions around the world we see the same mythological trope of a god disguised as a beggar so that he can test mortals. Very often this is based on a moral that one should uphold the ancient tradition of honouring the guest in one's home. The myths usually show the god, who can be Zeus, Shiva, or Odin, punishing the mortals who fail to show them proper hospitality when they visit. What lessons can pagans learn from these myths?

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Book Review: The Sacred and Profane
I joined the Australian podcasters from Roots of the Right to discuss this essential text in the history of comparative mythology and religious studies; The Sacred and Profane by Mircea Eliade. I really recommend everybody read it.


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Patron Jive Stream: Spiritual perspectives to Genealogy and Genetics

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Survive the Jive channel trailer 2020


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Book Review: Dauntless by Marcus Follin

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.  

Sorry I haven't been around much this month!

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Film Review: Rural Britain in Cinema


I joined the cigar stream to discuss the representation of rural Britain in American and British cinema. The chat was quite interesting and we covered some fantastic films

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The Germanic horned weapon dancer motif

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Viking and Anglo-Saxon artwork often includes a man with bird shaped horns. This mysterious figure is known as the horned man or the weapon dancer. The motif shows up in various different contexts and over a huge geographic range and timeframe - from early Anglo-Saxon England to Viking age Russia. It is commonly associated with the cult of the Nordic god Odin or the Anglo-Saxon god Woden and with extraordinary shamanic rituals as I shall explain in this video.  
Sources: 
Mortimer, Paul, 'What Colour a God's Eyes' (2018) 
Oehrl, Sigmund, 'Horned ship-guide – an unnoticed picture stone fragment from Stora Valle, Gotland' (2016) 
Oehrl, Sigmund, 'DOCUMENTING AND INTERPRETING THE PICTURE STONES OF GOTLAND' (2017)

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Book Review: Odin's wife (2016) by William Reaves


Is Odin's wife Frigg the same as his lover Jord the Earth goddess? William P. Reaves thinks they are the same figure and that her cult survived in to recent times among German peasants who called her Frau Holda. I will briefly review his book on the subject here. 

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Bronze age barrow beneath a road


A quick video I made here in Devon. Can't got far these days with the lock down but surely this counts as essential travel?


Will be streaming tonight live on Guide to Kulchur with Frodi  reviewing The Seventh Seal and will also do another Jive Talk very soon, probably next week. 



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Jive Book Review: The Mythology of the British Isles

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This Friday I will do a stream for patrons only in which I will discuss British mythology as depicted in the writings of Geoffrey of Monmouth with reference to the book Mythology of the British Isles by Geoffrey Ash

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I am going to do a Jive Talk live stream tomorrow night at 21:00 GMT, 22:00 CET, 17:00 EST

The subject will be blondism - the origin of blonde hair and its evolutionary function 
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How to receive a visionary dream according to pagan sources

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The video specifically looks at an irish rite known as Imbas forosnai performed by elite seer poets known as Filíd, also  the tairbfheis, a rite to determine the High king at the Hill of Tara. In Wales there were the awenyddion and in Scotland they had a pagan rite of prophecy called Taghairm. I also look at several Anglo-Saxon and Norse Icelandic saga sources discussing Ulfhednar, Hammramr, Elves, haunted barrows and seers and compare them with the dreams described by Homer and Pausanias in Ancient Greece. 

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Chadwick, N., ‘Dreams in Early European Literature’, in: Carney, James, and David Greene (eds), Celtic studies: essays in memory of Angus Matheson 1912–1962, London: Routledge, 1968. 33–50. 

Martin Martin A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland (1703)   

O Rahilly, T. F., ‘Early irish history and mythology’ (Dublin 1946)  

Ramos, Eduardo, ‘The Dreams of a Bear: Animal Traditions in the Old Norse-Icelandic Context’ (2014) https://www.academia.edu/8461445/The_Dreams_of_a_Bear_Animal_Traditions_in_the_Old_Norse-Icelandic_Context  

Tendulkar, S. and Dwivedi, R., “Swapna’ in the Indian classics: Mythology or science?” (2010) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3215360/  

Vaschide and H. Piéron, ‘PROPHETIC DREAMS IN GREEK AND ROMAN ANTIQUITY’ (Oxford : 1901) https://archive.org/stream/jstor-27899218/27899218_djvu.txt   

The Wooing of Emer by Cú Chulainn (Author: [unknown]), p.303 (paragraph 78.) https://celt.ucc.ie/published/T301021/note038.html

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Preview: In Dreams

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Video Notes and Scripts

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Ancient History of Ireland, Newgrange, Celts, Vikings


Ireland has a rich and fascinating ancient history; from the great megalithic structures of the Neolithic, like Newgrange, to the spectacular gold jewellery of the Indo-European Bell Beaker folk, the weapon hoards of the Irish Bronze Age, the enigmatic La Tene Celtic art of the Iron Age and the intricate knot-work of the Hiberno-Norse in the Irish Viking age. I look at all of these in this brief account of the history of Ireland, and then I discover a gothic castle called Knockdrinn, in which my ancestors lived, and which local people believe to be haunted. Finally, I read some spooky accounts of the ghostly creatures of the castle taken from the folklore collection at University College Dublin.

Music in order:

Wolcensmen - Sunne (STJ Theme remix)
Sean O’Rourke - The Swallowtail Jig
Sean O’Rourke - Contentment is Wealth
Xuri0us - Steppe Expansion
Storm King -  LOADVR nostalgia21986exp
Cefin Beorn - Hel Wese Thu Weda
Legionarii - Aristocracy
Sjohof - Path to the Temple
Bark Sound Productions - Ixe
Myling- Töcken
Stark von Oben - The Labyrinth
Torulf  - Freja
Aethelruna - Gregorian Chant
Borg - Feast of the Victorious
GRIMRIK - Der astrale Ursprung (Teil I)

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Bronze age irish woman and Celtic warlord by Christian Sloan Hall, Celtic charioteers by Alex Cristi, Manannán by Christopher Steininger, Bronze age map by Dan Kogosov

Sources:
‘Analysis of the Economic Foundations Supporting the Social Supremacy of the Beaker Groups’, Fitzpatrick, Doce, Vazquez, (2016)
http://www.archaeopress.com/Public/download.asp?id={0D06803F-CC8D-48DC-8842-668007DF2505}
‘Bog Bodies – Kingship and Sacrifice’, Eamonn P Kelly (2006)
https://www.academia.edu/3206745/Bog_Bodies_Kingship_and_Sacrifice
Reconstruction of Newgrange by Michael J. O'Kelly
https://www.newgrange.com/michael-j-okelly.htm
‘Black Pool: Hiberno-Norse identity in Viking Age and Early Medieval Ireland’, Anton Amlé, (2014)
https://www.academia.edu/13843949/Black_Pool_Hiberno-Norse_identity_in_Viking_Age_and_Early_Medieval_Ireland
Ghost stories from National Folklore Collection UCD
https://www.ucd.ie/folklore/en/

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