Islam, Europe, and Evola: Riding the Tiger of Modernity

A couple of days ago, Britain narrowly voted to leave the European Union. In the aftermath, the British pound fell to a 30-year low, and a shockwave surged through the global, economic “market,” with panicked investors suddenly turning to the Japanese Yen as a “safe haven.” Having recently written on the fluid nature of modernity, now […]

The Rig Veda, Iranian History, and Zarathustra

[Editor’s note: The article by Dr. Koenraad Elst below was first published by the Indian Journal of History and Culture, Chennai, Autumn 2015.] Abstract: The discipline of Iranian Studies is proceeding in ignorance about the age and place of the founding character of the civilization it studies, Zarathuštra Spitāma. However, Vedic literature may have decisive […]

Monarchy, Metaphysics, and The Divinization of the Body

Hierarchs, Hellenes, Hebrews (and Hindus) The following is an exploratory venture into the depth-dimension of kingly investiture. Support is drawn from Egyptian, Greek and Hebrew rites (without hazarding a genealogy). Additionally, an Indian addendum, so to speak, runs through the analysis, appearing wherever reference to the subcontinent’s traditions (usually those of Tantric Shaivism) provides elucidating […]

Self-Consciousness, Language, and Spiritual Decline — Part II: The Reign of Quantity

Barfield’s “story” in History in English Words is a tale of immense loss of concepts and things in one area disguised by a proliferation of concepts and things in another area, so that an increase of quantity camouflages, as it were, a decrease in quality.  The loss affects a core-vocabulary having to do with spiritual […]

Self-Consciousness, Language, and Spiritual Decline — Part I: Mind and Myth

Called “Myth,” chapter V of Owen Barfield’s study of History in English Words is a discussion of Pagan lore. The old stories of the Greeks and Romans, not to mention of the Celts and Goths, represent the world as animated; that is, as being full of what in Latin are called animae – “spirits” or […]