Category Archives: Culture

Rama riding Hanuman with his monkey army.

Indian Summer: The Political Colors of Hindutva

In this hour of the need, when every hope appears to be destroyed, we have to consider the past very carefully so that we can begin to reverse the actions…

Vincent d'Indy, Composer.

Traditionalism, le Wagnerisme, and Vincent d’Indy

Vincent d’Indy (1851 – 1931), an almost exact contemporary of Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934), studied under César Franck (1822 – 1890) at the Paris Conservatory and, on Franck’s…

Hinduism: It’s Appeal to Westerners

While Islam is generally regarded as the fastest growing religion in the West (mostly because of immigration into Europe), Hinduism, according to a 2011 census, is Australia’s fastest growing religion….

Hindu astrology

Astronomical Evidence and the Upanishads

A famous Flemish emeritus professor recently reacted to my off-hand mention of a date for the major Upanishads, viz. “second millennium BCE”. He thought that this should be 900-500 BCE,…

Voodoo People collage

Voodoo People: Sex, Power, African Faith And Fear in Popular Entertainment

Colored by fascination, fetishism, and even a degree of fear, Hollywood’s portrayal of this enigmatic and little-understood folk faith of the African diaspora throws up cliches about the African seductress,…

Egyptian nude protester, Magda al-Mahdy

Naked Revolutionaries in the Middle East

For French philosopher Michel Foucault (1926-1984), a philosophy that answered the questions of modernity could emerge only outside of the West. The era of Western philosophy had already drawn to…

Skinhead: Jamaican Roots, Extreme-Rightists, Gay Iconism — A Movement of Contradictions

Like the dreadlocked Rastafarian and the Punk with his or her pink or blue “Mohican,” the Skinhead — shaven-headed and wearing imposing workmen’s or military-style boots — has become an…

John Dee occultist as Ziggy Stardust

Stranger in a Strange Land: The Male Image as Otherness

He exists as an embodiment of an almost pure ideal. He is partly (in Christian terminology) Christ and partly Anti-Christ. He embodies the ideals of society to such an extent…

Zen by Design: How One Spiritual Idea Informs Brands From Muji to Apple

Simplicity — in the particular sense that we’re going to be talking about — has deep roots in traditional Japanese culture, especially related to Zen Buddhism. Yet it has also…