The Winti: the Gods of Surinamian Folk Religion

Written by Dyami Millarson Surinamian folk religion or nature religion, simply called Winti religion or Winti sometimes, may be characterised as animistic, polytheistic, totemistic or shamanistic, because the core belief of Surinamian folk religion, which influences Surinamian society, is that the world is inhabited by a multitude of Winti, which are kami-styled nature deities/spirits, andContinue reading “The Winti: the Gods of Surinamian Folk Religion”

“Before the Snow” – A documentary about Siberian people published online

Originally posted on Arctic Anthropology:
The film by Christian Vagt features three important indigenous leaders and story tellers from the Khanty and Forest Nenets communities of Western Siberia – Josif Kechimov, Yuri Vella and Agrafena Pesikova. It is a short documentary filmed in 2007 in the West Siberian Taiga about indigenous concepts of their relationship…

Folk Religions of Kartvelian Mountain Peoples

Written by Dyami Millarson Disclaimer: this article was originally published on 30 April 2019 on the Operation X blog. Kartvelian is a language family spoken by various peoples in the Caucasus region. The Kartvelian languages are interesting, because there appears to have been contact between Proto-Kartvelian and Proto-Indo-European. For that reason, we should not beContinue reading “Folk Religions of Kartvelian Mountain Peoples”

The Adventure of Defining Germanic Polytheism

Written by Dyami Millarson This site is about the adventure that is defining Germanic polytheism. This site, which contains my musing about the definition of Germanic folk religion, is a philosophical quest. If one wishes to understand Germanic polytheism, one has to investigate it; and to investigate it, one has to seek a definition ofContinue reading “The Adventure of Defining Germanic Polytheism”

Defining Germanic Polytheism On Its Own Cultural Terms

Written by Dyami Millarson Germanic languages possess concepts which ought to help define Germanic polytheism on its own cultural terms. Germanic religion may be defined as heiðr (honour) or blót (sacrifice). Both are essentially the same in the Germanic context. Heiðr or blót is what motivated Germanic society; it defines Germanic culture, for it permeatesContinue reading “Defining Germanic Polytheism On Its Own Cultural Terms”

The Natural Formula Behind Polytheism

Written by Dyami Millarson Polytheism is based on the formula that unity ≠ diversity in nature. Polytheism fundamentally rejects the notion of unity or oneness in nature. Diversity is the quality of being many, and that is the Germanic definition of nature. The definition of nature is relevant to Germanic polytheism because that definition isContinue reading “The Natural Formula Behind Polytheism”

How Is Germanic Polytheism to Be Defined?

Written by Dyami Millarson English dictionaries offer the following definition of polytheism based on orthodoxy: the belief in or the doctrine of many Gods. Simultaneously, many dictionaries offer an alternative definition based on orthopraxy: the worship of many Gods. Polytheism tends to be not only based on shared beliefs, but shared rites. The latter areContinue reading “How Is Germanic Polytheism to Be Defined?”