Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Hero Of Teutoburger Wald

As a young boy, Arminius/Hermann/Irmin was given up by his father, a Cherusci chieftain, to the Romans as a hostage to seal a treaty.  The young Arminius did so well in Rome that he was granted Roman citizenship, made a noble, and attained military rank.  When he returned to his native homeland he did so as a commanding officer with the Roman Legions.  However, he witnessed gross infractions by the Romans against his fellow Cheruscians. Secretly, he united several of the Germanic tribes while at the same time convincing Varus, the Roman military leader and his boss, that there was a rebellion about to start.  Arminius also convinced Varus that his line of march should pass through the Teutoburg Forest (Teutoburger Wald).  The Roman Legions were expert tacticians when it came to waging war on open plains.  Teutoburg Forest took that advantage away.  Once the Romans were well within the forest, Arminius led his united tribes and annihilated three Roman legions plus their auxiliary units.  This battle was Rome's worst military defeat and became known as "Caesar's Nightmare - Varus! Give me back my Legions!"  It also ended Rome's expansion east of the Rhine river.  

Below are three videos that comprise one of  the TLC's series, Archaeology, episodes.  This one is titled Caesar's Nightmare:  Battle in the Forest 9 CE and is narrated by actor, John Rhys-Davies.  You too, may take issue, as I do, to the word Barbarians.  I do not fault Davies; it was the script he was given to follow.  In concerns about "barbarians," I side with Rudgley (Barbarians, Rudgley, Richard,copyright 2014, Arktos Media Ltd.).  The videos are worth watching. 


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

An Excerpt From My Next Book

“Good morning my big buck,” Elessa said in a rather sensual voice.  “Would you like me to fix you something to eat?” 

“I want you to kiss me, over and over again.  Food can wait.”  And they did, wanting more than kisses.  Roving hands found tender sweet spots that ached for attention. But Tarr broke this tender moment by asking …

“My dear sweet Elessa, what do you remember about last night?” 

Elessa was enjoying their moment but knew that she had to tell her man what he needed to know:  her experience of the previous evening was the same as Tarr’s.  This shared information heightened their mutual sexual tension.  During their grappling, touching, and kissing they talked and re-discovered that they were childhood friends that time and circumstance had unfortunately separated.  This new revelation served to drive their passion harder and deeper; both felt a connection not understood by mere words.  Tarr and Elessa yearned to physically unite but the setting sun, like a modern alarm clock, told them it was time to celebrate Winter Solstice.  

                                       copyright @2016 Terry Unger 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Holy Pillar

Surviving Germanic Bronze Age carvings give us a look at the Irminsul, out-dating Saxon use in the Germanic Iron Age.  But in both ages, it appears that the Irminsul may have been used as a totem, a focal point for worship (at least at the tribal level) and may have represented the power of all the Gods.  And there seems to be a linguistic link between the names Irmin and Wodan.  Are you surprised?  Below is a short film made by Stuart's Travel Videos about Externsteine, the supposed home base of at least one Irminsul.  

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Externsteine and the Irminsul - Another Thought Or Two

Sometimes when the word postulate is used, it comes across as making a claim that something is true based on  assumption.  Another way to use the word is that you have formed a hypothesis based on a train of sober reasoning.  Therefore, we cannot postulate that the Irminsul and Externsteine was a real Heathen site of worship and reverence based on what a gentleman said back in 1564; he assumed it was true.  And, supposedly we have no hard science to base that assumption in fact.  However, we can make a hypothesis based within intelligent reasoning that it could be highly possible.  

There is some archaeoastronomical (how our ancestors understood what was happening in the sky and how it effected them) speculation, based on a hole cut above the "alter stone."  At sunrise on summer solstice, the light shines directly on the alter.   

Christianity used pagan/heathen sites of worship and reverence; they built their churches on top of them and in some places, monasteries.  This is a historical fact.  Their reasoning was simple and straight foreword; coming to the same place, they felt, eased the conversion to Christianity.  The nagging point is when did the Christians occupy Externsteine with the accompanying Irminsul.  

Here is a really big term - thermoluminesence dating.  This is a method that measures accumulated radiation/time elapsed of material containing crystal-type minerals, when exposed to heat or sunlight.  One result, considered uncertain is 735 CE, plus or minus 180 years.  The famous rock carving known as the Externsteine Relief  originally based Christian occupation during the 9th century (800's).  But since the 1950's many scholars push the date forward to the 11th or 12th century.  When dealing with dating objects over the course of just a few centuries, a plus or minus variance of 180 years can be a problem.  It is not much of a problem when using the same methods covering say, 40,000 to 50,000 years.  However, what fact we do have says no to the above hypothesis.  Is there something else that has been intentionally overlooked for fear of opening old wounds?  Something that is still treated like an ungodly cancer that no one wants to discuss?  Something that could say yes to the above hypothesis?  Maybe.  Here it is.  

Blame it on the Nazis.  We know that those bastards looted and stole valuable works of art, among other things, from museums and private individuals.  We also know that in order to support their sick theory of a master race, they borrowed heavily from Germanic Heathenry.  What was borrowed they made their own and poisoned the beautiful and meaningful to justify their ends.  Externsteine was made into a must see cult site, a go to place for the Nazis.  Who really knows what those lunatics, during the 1930's unearthed and squirreled away.  Then we have the happy hordes of Nazis and their families traipsing through the place looking for a great "souvenir."  This we know is fact, something undeniable.  There could be a something out in the world, maybe no larger than a coin, hidden away in some basement or attic that will prove many things.  Hope Springs Eternal. 

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Not So Random Thought - The Irminsul and Externsteine

The winners of every contest brag about their success while the losers try to not let their heads fall too low, especially if they were forced militarily into giving up more than a battlefield victory.  History is written by the victorious, but often later than the actual event and many times not by true eye witnesses (in the case of the history of the Christianization of Northern Europe, it may be more akin to playing whisper down the valley).  In those days Monotheism's Christianity while consolidating its power, I think, was afraid of losing the very things that it killed  to possess; hearts, minds, souls, and the still breathing bodies of the vanquished.

Charlemagne and his churchmen found the Saxons a hard nut to crack - it's not called The Thirty Year Saxon Wars for nothing.  Good old Charlemagne and his priests created something known as the Saxon Baptismal Vow.  Translated, it reads something like ..... I renounce all the deeds and words of the devil, Thunear, Woden, and Saxnot, and all those fiends that are their companions.  It appears that in their fear fest they tried to collectively make Thor, Wodan, and Saxnot into their devil, something a good Christian then and now wants nothing to do with. That said, it was then and still is  commonplace today to vilify what stands in the way of victory/consolidation (because it is a threat to the new status quo and therefore must be eliminated - even after centuries!).  Also during this era it was recorded that Charlemagne tore down the Saxon's holy Irminsul.  Or did he just rip out a tree and the history become distorted?

Back in the year 1564 a fellow named Hermann Hamelmann floated the idea that the stones found at Externsteine and the immediate environs was the Saxons most holy site and the home of the Irminsul.
August Hunt, in his book, The Terrible One's Horse:  Revealing The Secrets of Norse Myth (pages 139-140 Daniel August Hunt Copyright @2012 Stag Spirit Books) postulates that maybe, just maybe the stones themselves (or at least the tall one) is/are the Irminsul.  If Hunt's postulation is correct, the Irminsul still stands and is a tribute to the Heathen spirit.  Here is another interesting piece of information.

Externsteine is located within the Teutoburg Forest.  It was in this forest in 9 CE that Arminius of the Cherusci led a combined tribal force that annihilated a Roman army consisting of three full Legions and their auxiliary units.  Very interesting indeed.

Author's note:  Concerning the Irminsul and the Externsteine stones - all we have is tradition, and no facts to support the tradition or any postulation, regardless how tantalizing they may be.  But in time, who knows.  It certainly would not be the first time jaded, recorded history is proven wrong.

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Unity of a Forgotten Kind

The world and all it contains, both seen and unseen stands with mankind in a state of consubstantiation.  Our ancestors understood this as...