To be an ‘Aryan’

The word 'Aryan' is one that has been misunderstood and abused for almost a century, conjuring up images of the concept of 'Herrenvolk' (“Master Race”) as understood by the German National Socialists and is sadly synonymous to many with the idea of White racial superiority. This consigns the definition of this ancient word into a …

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How the Druids became Witches

Today, these mysterious magicians of the Celtic lands are generally understood in two ways; either as a class of priests or seers who basically governed their society through advising their chieftains, and only existed during the Iron Age, or alternatively, as a longer tradition stretching from the earliest times into the present day. The main …

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Funeral rites in Ancient Scotland

The various methods of consecrating a person's mortal passing from one stage of being to the next represent different stages of our history and also of how our folk's perception of the significance of life and death has changed over time. From the earliest Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon practises of burying individual corpses, to the communal …

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An ethnohraphic history of Scotland, Part III: Highlander and Lowlander

Within the endless romanticism of Scotland's past, the conflict between the Gaelic Highlanders, representing ancient traditions, pastoralism and a 'noble savage' mythos; and the Germanic Lowlanders, representing the ruthless expansion of modern ideals from the towns and cities of Scotland into her countryside, has been a recurring theme. While these notions are based on historical …

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