“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Male & Female Mandrake Roots (Mandragora) from an 11th Century Herbal

From MS. Ashmole 1431, Ps. Apuleius, Herbal, England, St. Augustine's abbey, Canterbury; 11th century, c. 1070-1100.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Genetic Evidence on the Origins of Indian Caste Populations — Genome Research

The origins and affinities of the ∼1 billion people living on the subcontinent of India have long been contested. This is owing, in part, to the many different waves of immigrants that have influenced the genetic structure of India. In the most recent of these waves, Indo-European-speaking people from West Eurasia entered India from the Northwest and diffused throughout the subcontinent. They purportedly admixed with or displaced indigenous Dravidic-speaking populations. Subsequently they may have established the Hindu caste system and placed themselves primarily in castes of higher rank. To explore the impact of West Eurasians on contemporary Indian caste populations, we compared mtDNA (400 bp of hypervariable region 1 and 14 restriction site polymorphisms) and Y-chromosome (20 biallelic polymorphisms and 5 short tandem repeats) variation in ∼265 males from eight castes of different rank to ∼750 Africans, Asians, Europeans, and other Indians. For maternally inherited mtDNA, each caste is most similar to Asians. However, 20%–30% of Indian mtDNA haplotypes belong to West Eurasian haplogroups, and the frequency of these haplotypes is proportional to caste rank, the highest frequency of West Eurasian haplotypes being found in the upper castes. In contrast, for paternally inherited Y-chromosome variation each caste is more similar to Europeans than to Asians. Moreover, the affinity to Europeans is proportionate to caste rank, the upper castes being most similar to Europeans, particularly East Europeans. These findings are consistent with greater West Eurasian male admixture with castes of higher rank. Nevertheless, the mitochondrial genome and the Y chromosome each represents only a single haploid locus and is more susceptible to large stochastic variation, bottlenecks, and selective sweeps. Thus, to increase the power of our analysis, we assayed 40 independent, biparentally inherited autosomal loci (1 LINE-1 and 39 Aluelements) in all of the caste and continental populations (∼600 individuals). Analysis of these data demonstrated that the upper castes have a higher affinity to Europeans than to Asians, and the upper castes are significantly more similar to Europeans than are the lower castes. Collectively, all five datasets show a trend toward upper castes being more similar to Europeans, whereas lower castes are more similar to Asians. We conclude that Indian castes are most likely to be of proto-Asian origin with West Eurasian admixture resulting in rank-related and sex-specific differences in the genetic affinities of castes to Asians and Europeans.
Genetic Evidence on the Origins of Indian Caste Populations — Genome Research

Friday, February 18, 2011


Translation by Google Translate:

German to English translation
This is a film of the famous geologist, explorer and mountaineer Himalayan Guenther Dyhrenfurth Oskar (1888 - 1975), the father of Norman G. Dyhrenfurth. A European Himalayas - expedition fights with the weapons of reason against the Bergdaemonen of the Himalayas. At the action line of the movie many unique landscapes and ethnographic important documents are lined up. The film, then a sensation, is still the only feature film that was shot directly in the Himalayas up to about 6,000 m altitude. All members of the expedition played in the film on the side of the then famous movie stars and Gustav Diessl Jarmila Marton. The exterior shots were filmed from April to September 1934 in India and Tibet. These images Martin Scorsese was so impressed that he is close to his shooting of his film "Kundun" (1997) reminded her. With the accession of Queen Mary West Peak summit (7430 m) presented Hettie Dyhrenfurth to a world altitude record for women. Richard Angst, Fritz von Friedl, Gustav Diessl and Andrew Marton shot film scenes still at an altitude of 6,250 m. Hans Ertl with his Bell & Howell filmed up to the main summit of 7675 m and the Queen Mary in 1934. 1936 Olympian at the games were Prof. Guenther Oskar & Hettie Dyhrenfurth the gold medal for alpine performance, and its scientific expeditions to the Himalayas in 1930 and 1934 - awarded area. Guenther Oskar Dyhrenfurth reached in 1930 with his ascent of the Yong San Peak (7470 m) the highest until then boarded the Himalayas - the summit. 1934, were among others the "Golden Throne" (7,750 m), and the eastern and western peaks of the Queen Mary (7775 respectively. 7380 m) had been defeated. "The Daemon of the Himalayas" was until now considered lost. The film was discovered by chance and restored.

Kudos to H.S. for the link!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

O Fortuna ~ Fortune plango vulnera

"Carmina Burana was hugely popular in Nazi Germany after its premiere in Frankfurt in 1937, receiving numerous performances."

Carmina Burana - Carl Orff

O Fortuna

O how Fortune,
apes the moon's inconstancy:
waxing, waning,
losing, gaining,
life treats us detestably:
first oppressing
then caressing
shifts us like pawns in her play:
mixes and melts them away.

Fate, as vicious
as capricious,
whirling your merry-go-round:
evil doings,
worthless wooings,
crumble away to the ground:
darkly stealing,
working against me you go:
for your measure
of foul pleasure
I bare my back to your blow.

Noble actions,
true transactions,
no longer fall to my lot:
powers to make me
then to break me
all play their part in your plot:
now seize your time -
waste no more time,
pluck these poor strings and let go:
since the strongest
fall the longest
let the world share in my woe.

Fortune plango vulnera

I cry the cruel cuts of Fate
with eyes worn red from weeping,
whose fickle favours travel straight
back into her keeping:
as ye read, so shall ye find -
luck comes curly-headed
from the front, but round behind
not a hair is threaded!

Dame Fortune once invited me
to enjoy her blessing:
to riches' throne exalted me,
caring and caressing:
but from maximum renown,
garlanded and fêted,
Fate stepped up and threw me down -
glory dissipated!

Fortune's wheel goes round and round,
down go all my talents;
others rising from the ground
fly too high to balance:
so beware Fate's old routine,
kings and lords and ladies -
for beneath her throne lies Queen
Hecuba in Hades.